At the time of going to press on this issue of Electrical Review, as an EDF customer myself, I was somewhat surprised to receive a letter from the company announcing my dual tariff would be rising as of this month. 

This, two days after it was reported EDF combined improved nuclear and hydro production raised the company’s core earnings by €544m, with an additional €469m gained through improved wholesale market conditions.

My first point of concern was I was under the impression I was on a fixed rate tariff, and would hear from them regularly should there be a cheaper way of purchasing energy for my home. It is highly unlikely this is an oversight on my part with reading correspondence from the energy giant so, rest assured, this is something I will be investigating further, and will have no hesitation following up this letter.

While it will not affect me too much, there will obviously be households and families who may struggle to pay the increased rate. Time to get online and find an alternative before ’winter’ kicks in?

Over the last several years, the move to the cloud has stabilized as the applications that could be easily and cost effectively outsourced, were moved to the cloud. The applications left on premise are simply too integrated into local operations or too expensive to move. This forced a change to the way data center staffs manage their assets with some assets outsourced and others still on-premise/at “the edge”.

When specifying heating in domestic properties, underfloor heating (UFH) is increasingly seen as the system that offers the levels of energy efficiency and comfort required. In design terms, UFH provides the added benefit that, unlike radiators, it does not have an impact on interior aesthetics and layouts. This leaves just one perplexing issue; whether to opt for a wet (hydronic) system or an electric system, Steven Rooney evaluates.

Simone Bruckner, director at power resistor manufacturer, Cressall, explains the recent popularity of electric vehicles and the challenges they have yet to overcome. Electric vehicle technology is continually developing through improvements in battery technology, regenerative braking and charging stations and this is only set to continue in order to meet the increased demand for electric vehicles.

In my December column, I wrote about the exponential growth in trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. Not so much regarding the value per unit. But instead concentrating upon the enormous amount of electricity that each purchase or sale transaction requires.

I have written repeatedly about my scepticism regarding the £14bn Smart Meter programme I remain unconvinced that those spending what is electricity customers’ money so freely, have really thought through all the potential consequences.

Donald Trump has been granted permission to build a wall. Not in Mexico, but on the west coast of Ireland.

The proliferation of data center sensors and the Internet of Things (IoT) are now emerging as mainstream data center trends. However, both of these trends took a long time to evolve. For many years, the cost of sensors, how to store the data, how to view the data, and how to determine who had access to the data were all barriers to acceptance.

Christmas cheer

So farewell then  to Vincent de Rivaz. Mr de Rivaz has been with the French state-backed energy giant Electricité de France for the past forty years. and has stood at the helm of the UK business since 2002.

By Jason Juley

Third platform technologies and big data are core drivers of converged infrastructure, pre-configured systems, optimization and virtualization. In turn, all are driving dramatic changes to how IT is provisioned, deployed and consumed. Managing these changing IT landscapes simultaneous with ensuring business continuity, optimizing cost and mitigating risk requires careful planning and a coordinated approach.