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Enzen to Chair EUA Utility Street Works Seminar

18 Feb 13

Enzen are pleased to announce we will be participating in the Utility Street Works Seminar, on 19 March 2013  organised by the Energy & Utilities Alliance (EUA).

Shashi Seshadri, Head of Business Operations at Enzen Global will be chairing Session 3 – Technology, Innovation & Best Practice.

For more information or to book your place, please click here.


Season’s Greetings

17 Dec 2012

We would like to wish you season’s greetings and happy holidays, from us all at Enzen.

 

 

Season’s Greetings
Merry Christmas
Happy Holidays
Shen Dan Kuai Le Xin Nian Yu Kuai
Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année
Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein Glückliches Neues Jahr
Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo
Veselogo Rozhdestva i s Chastlivogo Novogo Goda
Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Da
Shub Naya Baras


British Gas to Increase Gas and Electricity Prices by 6%

15 Oct 2012

British Gas, Britain’s largest energy supplier has announced that it will be increasing gas and electricity prices it charges customers by an average of 6 per cent.

The price hike, which will affect domestic customers, is due to come into effect on 16 November 2012; increasing the average dual fuel bill by £80 a year.

The firm said the “unwelcome news for customers” is due to the company facing rising wholesale prices, as well as higher costs to upgrade the national grid, and to deliver the Government’s policies for a clean, energy-efficient Britain.

British Gas Managing Director, Phil Bentley, said:
“We know that household budgets are under pressure and this £1.50 per week rise will be unwelcome. However, we simply cannot ignore the rising costs that are largely outside our control, but which make up most of the bill.

Britain’s North Sea gas supplies are running out, and British Gas has to pay the going rate for gas in a competitive global marketplace. Furthermore, the investment needed to maintain and upgrade the national grid to deliver energy to our customers’ homes, and the costs of the Government’s policies for a clean, energy efficient Britain are all going up.

We need an energy efficiency culture in Britain today; rising prices don’t have to mean rising bills. We are offering a huge amount of help to customers to help them cut the amount of energy they use and keep their bills under control.

We’re also spending more than any other energy company on people who need the most help.”


Iberdrola Could Sell Stake in Scottish Power Grid

1 Oct 2012

Spanish utility Iberdrola, which is the parent company of Scottish Power Energy Networks, is considering selling a minority stake in its UK transmission and distribution network.

ScottishPower Energy Networks, which serves approximately 3.5 million homes across the UK, has been valued at around £5 billion by industry analysts. The company owns electricity transmission pylons and cables in southern Scotland and distribution networks in southern Scotland, northern England and Wales.

The network is in need of an estimated £8 billion of investment over the next 8 years to replace its ageing assets. It also needs to make links into the grid for the new wind farms that are due to be built in Scotland from which it would transport up to 11 Gigawatts of power.

The move comes in steps to cut down the Spanish firm’s €29.3billion worth of debts which have been accumulated from a number of acquisitions including that of ScottishPower for £12 billion in 2006. Industry analysts say that Iberdrola could potentially raise up to £1.5 billion from the sale of a 49 percent stake in ScottishPower Energy Networks.


Thames Water Granted Licences to Compete in Retail Market

24 Sept 2012

Thames Water has been granted licences to sell water to commercial customers across England, Scotland and Wales. The two licences were granted by Ofwat, the regulator for England and Wales, and Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS), the Scottish regulator.

This development marks Thames Water’s entry into the UK’s expanding competitive retail water market. The company’s retail services will include customer-facing activities such as, billing, total account handling, customer queries, as well as water-efficiency advice and undertaking issues with customers’ pipes leaks.

At present, business customers in England and Wales who use five million litres of water or more, per year have the option to select their water provider for these ‘retail’ services. Whereas in Scotland, there is no restriction on usage and all commercial customers are free to choose their provider.

Up until a recent change, business customers in England and Wales that were using 50 million litres a year or above were only able choose their supplier. Ofwat however, drastically lowered this threshold to five million litres a year in November 2011; thus creating a far greater market for retail providers to compete for. This initiative comes as part of Ofwat’s strategy to introduce full retail market competition for commercial customers in the water sector.

Piers Clark, director of Thames Water Commercial Services Limited, said:
“Securing these licences marks our official entry into the competitive water retail market. Under these arrangements, eligible business customers won’t see a physical difference in the delivery of water to their premises: it will still arrive at their taps through the same set of pipes. The difference will be in the customer service offering.

Large organisations, like supermarket chains or regional authorities, often have a raft of different water accounts with a raft of different providers and often across many different sites.

We will offer eligible business customers the simplicity of having one bill, one service provider, one number to call if there’s a problem and a range of products and services tailored to their specific needs. We want to be ‘the natural choice,’ helping customer to better manage this essential resource and save money on their water and wastewater bills.

Creating a competitive market is good for high-use customers. They can now vote with their feet if their service isn’t good enough, putting the onus on us to provide the best possible service to both win and keep their business.”


Ofgem Urges Energy Firms to Speed up Tariff Reform

21 Jun 2013

Ofgem is urging energy firms to speed up their tariff reforms to ensure that bills are fairer and easier to understand. The move comes after David Cameron urged suppliers in December to offer better tariffs for consumers and the regulator is now pressing forward to deliver this pledge.  

Ofgem has told suppliers to offer only four core electricity and gas tariffs, allowing consumers to simply compare and find the best option for them. A new comparison rate will make the selection process more engaging according to Ofgem, who are carrying out final consultations.

Ofgem Senior Partner for Markets, Andrew Wright, said: “Our reforms today are the blueprint for the simpler, clearer and fairer energy market that consumers deserve. This will provide them with the choices they want alongside the simplicity they need. They have been delivered following two years of engagement with consumers and industry in the most comprehensive review ever of the retail market”.

Consumer groups have questioned how feasible the plans are, and whether they will actually help consumers or lead to further confusion. Which? Executive Director Richard Lloyd said “While these new rules will help make the market simpler and fairer it’s hugely disappointing to see the regulator sticking to its fundamentally flawed idea of how energy prices should be presented. “This will fail to help people find the best deal easily and could even mislead millions into paying over the odds for their energy.”

Trade association Energy UK defended the firms and said: “Energy suppliers have already pressed ahead with providing customers with simpler, clearer tariffs. Our members have dramatically reduced the number of tariffs, simplified structures and pledged to help all customers move to the deal that suits them best.”

The Government continues to push for faster reforms to enable consumers to compare and switch tariffs more easily. The changes are due to come into effect this year but Ofgem said suppliers are free to start implementing the reforms now as part of restoring consumer confidence in the energy market.

Source: Enzen


East-West Interconnector Opens to Link Ireland and Britain

20 Sept 2012

The EirGrid East West Interconnector, Ireland’s first electricity link to Great Britain has been officially opened today. The UK’s Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change – RT Hon. Edward Davey today joined the Taoiseach of Ireland – Enda Kenny TD with Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources – Pat Rabbitte, and EU Energy Commissioner Gunther Oettinger to mark this landmark event.

The underground and undersea link runs between Deeside in north Wales and Woodland, County Meath in Ireland. It is approximately 160 miles long, the underground and undersea link has the capacity to transport 500 megawatts – which is enough energy to power around 300,000 homes.

The EirGrid Interconnector will have the capability to carry electricity both ways, which will benefit consumers by helping to improve security of supply, increase competitiveness and to encourage the growth of renewable energy generation.

Speaking about the Interconnector, EirGrid Chief Executive Dermot Byrne said,
“The Interconnector ties our energy markets closer together. It gives all concerned additional assurance of supply and it is the single most important step in allowing Ireland to exploit and to export its enormous resources of renewable energy. Critically it also allows us to access energy from Britain and from across the European continent which will result in more competition to the energy market and put downward pressure on prices”.

Secretary of State Edward Davey commented,
“The East West Interconnector is not just an impressive feat of engineering – 186km of sub sea cable laid and ready to operate within just three years of receiving planning permission.

It also brings multiple benefits to the British and Irish economies. This new connection between our electricity grids will improve our mutual energy security, it will improve competition – bearing down on the price ultimately paid by consumers – and it will allow more of Ireland’s abundant wind energy access to the massive UK customer base.

I congratulate everyone involved in this project and look forward to seeing it deliver for both our nations.”

Official trading on the Interconnector is due to begin on 1st October 2012.


Severn Trent Fined Over £100,000 for Low Quality of Drinking Water

17 Sept 2012

UK water company, Severn Trent has been fined over £100,000 after pleading guilty on several different counts of supplying water, which was either unfit for human consumption or had not been disinfected correctly.

The charges were bought against Severn Trent by the Chief Inspector of Drinking Water under the Water Industry Act 1991 and the Water Supply Regulations 2000. These were in relation to three events which affected the Chesterfield area, Sandiacre in Nottingham and the Leicestershire and South Derbyshire area between December 2010 and September 2011.

Professor Jeni Colbourne, Chief Inspector of Drinking Water, said: “These charges were brought in relation to three events, two of which highlighted deficiencies in the design and operations of two treatment works and the third was due to work on the network that resulted in the delivery of water with an unacceptable appearance and odour to consumers. These charges reflect a very poor period of operational performance which the company has now recognised and is taking steps to prevent a recurrence.

After various fines, prosecution costs and a victim surcharges, Severn Trent was ordered to pay a total of £113,990.

Whilst passing the sentence, magistrates said they wanted to acknowledge that Severn Trent took their responsibility to provide water seriously.

A Severn Trent spokesman made the following comment: “Severn Trent Water pleaded guilty to charges relating to three water quality events in 2010 and 2011. In all three cases there was no risk to public health. A full investigation has already taken place and actions have been taken to prevent such incidents happening in the future.”


Consortium Signs MoU on 5GW UK-Ireland Interconnector

14 Sept 2012

 A pre-feasibility study is set to take place which will look at possible development, financing, construction and operation of a 5 Gigawatt interconnector between the UK and Ireland.

In June of this year, Mainstream Renewable Power launched Energy Bridge, a private underground electricity network. The electricity transmission system is aimed at exporting large-scale renewable energy generated from wind, from Ireland to the UK starting from 2017 and will be entirely independent of Ireland’s existing electricity network.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by a consortium of firms consisting of, Mainstream Renewable Power – global wind and solar developer who are leading the export project, UK’s National Grid – Transmission System Operator, Redes Energéticas Nacionais (REN) – Portugal’s Transmission and System Operator, State Grid Company of China – the largest electricity transmission company in the world.

Collectively, the consortium brings together unrivalled global capability in terms of the future developing, financing, constructing, owning and operating of large-scale international electricity transmission assets.

Commenting on the MoU, Mainstream’s Chief Executive Eddie O’Connor said:
“This is a major milestone in our plan to start delivering renewable energy to the UK from 2017. I am delighted to be working with such recognised world leaders in electricity transmission systems. We are now putting a team of experts together in order to conduct comprehensive feasibility studies and a business plan. This will be the precursor to the companies forming a joint venture to develop, build, finance, own and operate the system. This has never been done anywhere in the world and Mainstream is very excited to be leading such a ground breaking project.”

Steve Holliday, Chief Executive of National Grid said:
“We are looking forward to working with our partners on this strategic project. With our core skills in developing, owning and operating energy networks and our knowledge of new technologies – including interconnector projects – we are always looking at opportunities like this that can really use our expertise. This has the makings of a really exciting project that can connect consumers and businesses to lots of renewable energy.”

Rui Cartaxo, Chief Executive of REN commented:
“REN believes this MoU sets the ground for the study of a potentially ground breaking infrastructure for the future of European energy highways. We are happy to associate with leading players such as National Grid and Mainstream and believe that our experience will bring a relevant added value to the project and that our company will also benefit from the know-how of such highly qualified partners.”


Committee on Climate Change Announce Lord Deben as New Chair

12 Sept 2012

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced that Lord Deben PC (the RT Hon John Gummer) will be the new Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).

The former Environment Secretary, Lord Deben, is taking over the chairmanship from Lord Adair Turner who stepped down earlier this year to concentrate on his role as Chair of the Financial Services Authority. Lord Deben brings with him, sixteen years of top level ministerial experience including longest serving environment secretary, and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

David Kennedy, the Committee’s Chief Executive said in an official statement:
“I’m delighted to welcome John to the Committee. His experience in environment, politics and business will be very valuable to us. In particular, I am confident that John will make a major contribution as we further develop the case for investing in the green economy, and identify the actions required to achieve this. I thank Professor Dame Julia King for chairing the Committee in the interim, during which she was instrumental in finalising and launching two major reports.”

Lord Deben commented:
“I am very honoured to be appointed chairman of the Committee on Climate Change. I shall seek to build on the firm foundations laid by my predecessor and look forward to working with the extremely talented team – not only the committee itself, but the expert support that David Kennedy has brought together. Green growth is essential to the British economy, and getting the programme to combat climate change right will be a massive contribution to our economic recovery.”