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Enzen is proud to host the forthcoming CIGRE Women’s Network event on Thursday 27th April.

The theme is networking and how a variety of topics, for example, power, influence and work life balance, can impact the ability to network effectively.

The afternoon will start with lunch and the chance to informally network. Following lunch there will be a guest panel and Enzen is very pleased to announce four respected speakers to come and share their networking experiences:

· Elizabeth Coffey, MD of Spark Leadership

· Sarah Williams, Business Improvement Manager, Wales & West Utilities

· Philippe Adam, CIGRE General Secretary

· Uma Rajarathnam, Head of Applied Research and Collaboration at Enzen.

Each guest will present their experiences and insights across several topics related to networking before taking questions.

For the rest of the afternoon, recognising that in 2017 social media plays a huge part in the role of networking, delegates will enjoy an interactive session designed to increase their practical knowledge of social media networking platforms with the aim of enhancing their online presence.

For more information on the event, please contact lovee.chandna@enzen.com or sarah-jane.wainwright@enzen.com

29th April 2012 | PowerOneData International Announces Collaboration With Enzen Global

Power One Data International, Inc., a Company providing Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Advanced Database Management Software to Utilities and Municipalities around the world, reducing energy consumption and its negative impact on the environment and public health, is announcing its collaboration with Enzen Global to market Power One Data International’s Smart Metering and Meter Data Management products cooperatively in India, Kuwait and the UK.

Mr. Phil Nuciola, Power One Data International Chairman and CEO announced the collaboration with Enzen, stating “The vote of confidence that we have earned from Enzen Global’s interest in our products will hasten the market acceptance of our systems, and introduce our state-of-the-art AMI solutions to new markets in the Middle East and the United Kingdom.”

Source: PR News Wire
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14th February 2012 | Enzen in the Economist | Pollution and Human Rights

Bricks of clay and men of straw

OUTSIDE a village called Mau, in Uttar Pradesh, half a dozen chimneys rise from kilns into a colourless sky. These ovens, six among the 100,000 which turn out the 200 billion bricks made each year in India, are worked by dalits—members of castes once regarded as Untouchable.

India’s brick kilns are noxious sources of pollution, particularly soot, and working them means a life that is always nasty, frequently brutish and often short. But on top of this social evil is an environmental one. The exhaust from the kilns mixes with diesel emissions and other fumes to form a vast brown smog, known as an atmospheric brown cloud, which is up to 3km thick and thousands of kilometres long. Two of its main ingredients, the small carbon particles which the soot is composed of, and ozone, a triatomic form of oxygen, are important contributors to the greenhouse effect, and thus to climate change. Among other negative effects, the cloud is therefore thought to be accelerating the retreat of Himalayan glaciers, which are found at a similar altitiude.

A way of curbing pollution from India’s kilns would thus ameliorate the lives of those who work them, help make Asia a cleaner continent, and slow down global warming. Burning the coal that fires the kilns in a more efficient and less polluting way would also save money for the kiln’s owners—an alignment of interest that might encourage the change to happen. Unfortunately, the recommended change of design (at least, the change recommended by the United Nations’ Environment Programme) is an expensive one. So-called vertical-shaft kilns cut soot emission by three-quarters, but they cost around 10m rupees ($200,000) each and require good-quality clay, able to withstand rapid heating. That makes them too expensive for most kiln owners. But recent research conducted as a collaboration between two Indian green technology and consulting firms, Greentech Knowledge Solutions, and Enzen Global Solutions, has suggested some more easily affordable changes.

Greentech’s main suggestions are to increase the number of air ducts in the kilns’ smokestacks and set the bricks to be fired in a zigzag pattern, rather than in the current block arrangement. These two, simple measures improve the circulation of air within a kiln, and thus the process of combustion. That, the company says, reduces a kiln’s emissions of soot by 60%. It also reduces its fuel consumption by 15%. The cost, around 1m rupees a kiln, can thus be recouped in three or four months.

Two further ideas in the firms’ report might be a bit more difficult to implement, but would also help. One is the widespread adoption of a technique commonly used in central India, which involves mixing coal dust with the clay the bricks are made from. This makes use of the otherwise useless dust, which burns, in situ, firing the brick from within. It follows that, because the coal is mixed with the clay, most of the resulting crud (70%, the researchers found) is retained within the brick once it has been fired.

The other proposal in the report is that brickmakers use machines which produce hollow bricks. A hollow brick uses less clay and thus requires less fuel to fire. It is also a better product, because it provides more insulation. Hollow-brick machines are expensive, though, costing at least 20m rupees apiece.

Greentech reckons that if all of its recommendations were adopted, they would save 5m of the 25m tonnes of coal which India’s brick kilns consume every year, and cut the country’s annual emissions by the equivalent of 9m tonnes of carbon. They would also make the jobs of those who work the kilns rather less horrible.

Source: Economist
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Shale Gas Explorers to Get 30% Tax Break

16 Jul 2013

After discovering that the amount of shale gas may be greater than previously thought, the Treasury is set to announce a 30% tax break for the industry.  The field allowance mechanism, previously used in the offshore oil and gas industry, will reduce the shale gas tax rate which is currently at 62%.

The British Geological Survey said last month: “There could be 1,300 trillion cubic feet of gas in northern England alone. If just 10pc could be extracted it could meet Britain’s needs for more than four decades”.  “Andrew Austin, chief executive of shale explorer IGas, said he was hopeful of a “sensible set of proposals which will allow the safe appraisal of the country’s shale resources”.

The discovery of additional shale gas has the potential to provide a new source of energy across the UK. The Government is keen to test its potential and, due to the high costs related to shale gas exploration, the tax break aims to encourage companies to investigate different options of setting up production wells. In addition, the Government has promised to provide guidance and environmental planning to the energy companies.


Scotland to Link UK-Norway Interconnector

14 Aug 2012

An electricity interconnector between Britain and Norway that could aid energy security and help exchange renewable power between the two countries has secured connection point in Scotland.

NorthConnect, the Interconnector Development Company has announced it has signed an agreement with the UK Transmission System Operator National Grid to secure a connection point in Peterhead, Scotland. The deal will promote further detailed planning of the grid connection on the British part of the interconnector.

The Norwegian based project company NorthConnect is owned by five partners in the UK, Norway and Sweden; Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE), Vattenfall AB, E-CO, Agder Energi and Lyse.

Once it is fully operational, “NorthConnect will be the first interconnector to directly connect the UK’s electricity network with Scandinavia and will contribute to enhanced security of energy supply in both the Scandinavian and the UK market. It will also assist in the development of renewable generation in both regions, as the high penetration of wind generation in UK and hydro-energy in Scandinavia complement each other.” The firm said in an official press release.

This agreement with National Grid marks an important milestone in the development of the NorthConnect Interconnector; which will have a capacity of 1,400 megawatt and is planned to be commissioned in 2020.

National Grid expects gas demand to peak this winter

July 11th 2012

According to the National Grid outlook report released earlier this week, it is expecting gas demand in the UK to peak this coming winter at 507 million cubic meters/day. This is a 7% increase compared with the firms forecast for last winter.

National Grid commented in its key points, “The peak forecast now allows for high power generation as well as cold weather.” They also forecasted a “further UK Continental Shelf decline”.

Predictions showed declining figures in average gas demand across all sectors this winter, including industry, power generation, exports and injections into storage sites. Total demand for the October-March period, which makes up the so-called winter gas season, is estimated at 50.9 billion cubic meters, compared with 55.2 billion cubic meters from the previous year, figures suggested.

“The analysis strongly suggests that coal should be the favoured source of fuel for generation for next winter. Other factors may part mitigate this; these include running hours for LCPD and generation portfolios,” it said.

“For gas to become the preferred source of fuel for power generation next winter, the gas price needs to fall by about 20 pence a therm or there needs to be a further increase in the coal price of about $50/tonne,” National Grid said. National Grid is also forecasting declines in domestic production, but suggested imports from Norway – Britain’s largest supplier, would most likely remain stable.

On the subject of liquefied natural gas (LNG), it commented, “LNG imports will remain suppressed due to the high levels of demand in Japan and other Far East markets”. There has been a decline in UK LNG supplies since last March, a key factor of this is the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan which meant supplies were being re-routed to substitute the loss of nuclear output.

Source: Enzen Global

Business Stream appoints two Directors as it prepares opening in England

July 10th 2012

Business Stream, the non-domestic arm of Scottish Water, has announced the appointment of two new non­executive directors as it prepares for the opening of a competitive market in England.

The two new board members are Amanda McMillan, current managing director of Glasgow Airport, and Willie MacDiarmid, a former director of energy retail at Scottish Power.

Mark Powles, chief executive of Business Stream, said the two brought with them “an enormous amount of experience in customer-led regulated businesses. We’re very excited to have them join us and I know they’ll have a lot to offer as we continue to prepare for full market opening in England, which we expect to happen over the next few years. We’ve made some excellent progress in that direction and we’ll benefit further from the invaluable input of two very talented and experienced individuals who have been successful in extremely challenging markets.”

Business Stream is currently facing competition in the Scottish market, which has been deregulated since 2008 from Anglia Water’s Osprey subsidiary, Aimera, Severn Trent and Wessex Water Utility Solutions.

The UK government is due to publish a draft water bill this month; this is set to progress proposals that could give all non-domestic water customers in England the ability to choose their supplier.

Tim Yeo urges Treasury Secretary to give evidence on Energy Bill‎

July 9th 2012

Tim Yeo, Chair of the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee is once again calling for The Treasury to provide evidence on the draft Energy Bill.

Yeo has written to Chloe Smith, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, stating his disappointment at Smith’s “refusal to offer a direct response to the Committee’s questions”.  Yeo also emphasised a statement from a Downing Street Spokesperson “The Prime Minister and the Chancellor and all Cabinet ministers comply with the wishes of select committees”. This was in regards to the Barclay’s Libor rate fixing case.  Yeo also asked Smith to “keep to the spirit of this statement and assist the Committee by offering a written reply as soon as possible”.

A copy of the letter can be viewed by clicking here.


Severn Trent Raise £75m in First UK RPI-Linked‎ Retail Bond

July 6th 2012

UK water company, Severn Trent has officially closed its offer period for an RPI-linked, ten-year sterling bond. The final issue size was £75 million, which was in line with the firm’s expectation of raising between £50 million to £100 million. Severn Trent announced the launch of the bond on 21 June 2012.

This marks a first for the UK Water Industry, as Servern Trent is the first company to make the RPI-linked bond available to retail investors, as they have previously only offered bonds to institutional investors.

Group finance director Mike McKeon said: “Our debut retail bond has been a great success. We have achieved our objective of opening up this exciting new source of finance for Severn Trent. It demonstrates that for the right company there is keen investor interest. The success of this offering means that we may consider further offerings to retail investors in future.”

The company has appointed Barclays Bank and Investec Bank as joint lead managers of the bond issue and they are expected to be issued on 11 July 2012.

DECC asks for evidence after claims of deteriorating PPA market

July 5th 2012

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is now asking independent renewable generation developers to supply them with evidence to support claims that the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) market has deteriorated.
The move comes after DECC said it had noted that a number of generators were “reporting a decline in the terms they are being offered for PPA’s.”
Due to the fact that investing in renewables industry in the initial stages usually involves a considerable amount of investment, it is vital that such long-term contracts which guarantee the purchase of the power offer the right rewards and fair terms. The Government is now calling on generation developers to provide DECC with evidence so that it can assess and address barriers to market access that independent renewable generators seem to be experiencing.

The Government is estimating that over the next ten years it requires £110 billion of investment in low-carbon forms of generation to meet climate obligations and energy requirements. DECC will collect feedback from today, (5 July) until 16 August 2012 which will be used to give Government a more informed understanding of the PPA market and in turn, help refine proposals set out in the draft Energy Bill.

To read DECC’s document; ‘A call for evidence on barriers to securing long-term contracts for independent renewable generation investment’ click here.