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Britain experienced its biggest blackout in more than a decade this summer due to two power plant outages, leaving almost a million homes across the country in the dark. Because of this, the energy watchdog and the government have raised concerns about the grid’s ability to cope with changing energy needs and demands. Here, Alan Binning, regional sales manager at energy software developer, COPA-DATA, explains how microgrids could help.

More than 1,000 United Nations employees have called for the global body to reduce its carbon footprint, including through curbs on their own diplomatic perks like business class flights and travel handouts, plus cutting back on the amount of wasteful heating and/or air conditioning in their own buildings. 

Ushering in a new ‘green’ era for electrical safety, the 18th Edition of the IET Wiring Regulations came into force in January 2019. Almost a year after its implementation, Michael Kenyon, technical manager at Bureau Veritas, explains why the new framework is helping to raise safety standards in surge protection, electric vehicle infrastructure and energy efficiency.

Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) is the elephant in the room. A quick scan of recent news articles pulls up a plethora of missed targets, new legislation, illegal exportation and high technology. A heady mix of information, indeed, and truly a minefield. On top of this, DEFRA said in the recent UK Resources and Waste Strategy that it plans to review UK WEEE regulations again in early 2020.

Just as Extinction Rebellion were marching through Central London, decrying the lack of action to combat climate change, something quietly momentous was happening in the wonderful world of electricity. 

With so many different industries at risk of arc flash, Mark Lant, technical expert at ProGARM, explains the latest PPE legislation and guidelines to ensure protection against the potentially fatal consequences of an arc flash.

When it comes to specifying cable management systems, there are a number of key areas to consider in addition to cost per unit and installation time.  Mark Williams, lead marketing manager for cable management at Legrand, talks through some simple top tips during specification.

Nick Sacke, head of IoT and products at Comms365, takes a closer look at the growth of IoT in the office and the emergence of the smart workplace.

Graeme Ross, UK and EMEA sales director at Resource Data Management, explores how utilising PLC software could help to achieve the UK’s ambitious net-zero targets.

Stacey Lucas, commercial and marketing director at Sontay, explains the importance of keeping up-to-date in an ever-changing market and how new courses are making it easier than ever to take part in training.