Hot topic

Military spending was a hot topic in the General Election. Specifically the charge that the UK is about to fall foul of NATO guidelines which require each member country to spend at least 2% of Gross Domestic Product on defence. Up until now, the UK has always complied. Cue claims about ‘punching above our weight’. But future projections do show clearly that we will be undershooting from 2016 onwards.

There are really not many votes in spending lots of taxpayers¹ money on military hardware or extra squaddies. But that 2% figure does have real political relevance.

Resist the temptation

There is an almighty great battle growing amongst the august membership of the International Association of Energy Economists (IAEE), even as it heads for its 40th birthday. It is between the present editor of its Journal, Economics of Energy and Environment Policy, Prof Jean-Michel Glachant of the European University in Florence, and the Association’s 73 year old founder, Jim Plummer, formerly a US Republican Party advisor and senior oil company executive with Occidental.

The Electrical Review team and SJP Business Media are pleased to announce the latest PowerOn briefing - Building the data centre of the future – Part 2.

This free, half-day seminar from Electrical Review will be held at the Andaz Hotel, near Liverpool Street Station in the City of London, on 26 March 2015.

The briefing will inform and educate attendees, and provide essential information from leading suppliers and analysts on how to upgrade and maintain, design and build a more power and cost-efficient data centre.

Speakers confirmed so far include  René Jensen, technical instructor at Cubic-Modular Systems and Jonas Caino from Geist.

The agenda and list of speakers will be updated regularly, and can be found here.

Please also click here to register for free.

We look forward to seeing you on 26 March!


Industrial automation components supplier European Automation has compiled a special report containing information and advice for manufacturers who want to become more energy efficient. 

European Automation’s latest report analyses two industry standards that will continue to impact UK manufacturing in 2015: the European Union’s Ecodesign directive and the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The study also explores ways in which industrial automation is helping manufacturers adapt to increasingly demanding environmental standards.

“2015 will be the year of energy efficiency,” said Darren Halford, group sales manager at European Automation. “Regardless of where they are located or what industry they operate in, manufacturers have to comply with rigorous environmental demands regarding product design, energy management and reducing carbon footprint.

“Luckily, industrial automation can offer an impressive range of solutions for higher productivity and energy savings, without costing the earth. We think it always makes sense to look at energy efficiency through the lens of automation” Halford continued.

In 2009, the European Union revised its Ecodesign Directive, ensuring designers of energy-using products reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of these products. The directive affects manufacturing and engineering companies in a variety of ways, in every department from product design to logistics.

It's impact can be felt everywhere from lighting to the equipment used on a production line. For example, starting January 1, 2015, IE3 (Premium Efficiency) is a mandatory requirement for all motors between 7.5k and 375 kW. The only exception is the use of IE2 motors fitted with a variable speed drive (VSD).

Next year will also bring changes in the way large UK companies account for their energy usage. Organisations that employ at least 250 people or have annual turnovers in excess of €50m will have to submit the first confirmation of ESOS compliance to the Environmental Agency before 5 December 2015.

If you would like to know more, the March issue of Electrical Review will feature a full summary of the report.

The Electrical Review team and SJP Business Media are pleased to announce the latest PowerOn briefing - Building the data centre of the future – Part 2.

This free, half-day seminar from Electrical Review will be held at the Andaz Hotel, near Liverpool Street Station in the City of London, on 26 March 2015.

The briefing will inform and educate attendees, and provide essential information from leading suppliers and analysts on how to upgrade and maintain, design and build a more power and cost-efficient data centre.

Speakers confirmed so far include Mark Hirst, head of T4 Data Centre Solutions at Cannon Technologies and René Jensen, technical instructor at Cubic-Modulsystem.

The agenda and list of speakers will be updated regularly, and can be found here.

Please also click here to register for free.

We look forward to seeing you on 26 March!

Ed Davey, energy secretary, last week told parliament he "confidently predicts" energy firms will cut prices to reflect falling wholesale energy costs.

Opposing Ed Miliband who, over the weekend, said Labour would force a parliamentary vote on "fast-track legislation" to give Ofgem the power to cut prices before the election, Davey claimed the proposed regulations would produce "yo-yo pricing and higher pricing".

Shadow secretary Caroline Flint told the debate she believed consumers must be compensated for energy firms failing to pass on savings to customers since 2009: "We know that wholesale costs have fallen, and we know too that energy companies will not pass on the full savings to all consumers unless they are forced to," she said.

Following the debate MPs voted against Miliband’s plans to push through the fast-track legislation by 305 votes to 228.

I would be very interested to hear your thoughts.

The Electrical Review team would like to wish its readers a very happy and prosperous 2015.

This year promises many exciting projects from the Electrical Review brand, including supplements, webinars and PowerOn briefings. Our PowerOn events this year will cover data centre power, transformer technology and substations, electrical safety, machinery safety and ATEX explosive environments. Keep an eye on www.electricalreview.co.uk for further details.

Our first 2015 Data Centre Power supplement will be published with the January/February issue of Electrical Review, and will cover energy storage, UPS systems, DC power supply, monitoring and energy efficiency along with many other topics. The supplement will also feature a preview of the Data Centre World 2015 exhibition, and will be distributed at the event.

If you have any comments on subjects you would like to see covered in this year's content, both online and in print, please do email me.

Welcome to the final Electrical Review e-newsletter of 2014.

This year has seen a raft of new projects from Electrical Review including supplements, webinars and PowerOn conferences. Our PowerOn events next year will cover data centre power, transformer technology and substations, electrical safety, machinery safety and ATEX explosive environments. Keep an eye on www.electricalreview.co.uk for further details.

We will continue to launch new events and special supplements through 2015, and look forward to working with you.

If you have any comments on what you would like to see more of in Electrical Review next year, please do email me at the address below.

It only remains for me, on behalf of the Electrical Review team and SJP Business Media, to wish you a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2015.

The Electrical Review team was delighted to hear this year's Electrical Industries Charity powerBall raised £207,000 which will be used to support people in the industry when they need help.

Special guests at the event were the Edmonds family whose 14 year old son Cam has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and was in need of a special Dragon Powerchair at a cost of £24,000. Because his father Rob has been an electrician since leaving school the Electrical Industries Charity was able to help the family by providing a donation towards the cost of the chair.

In for a surprise

Lord Hunt of Chesterton is the former CEO of the Met Office, and is now professor of climate modeling at University College, London. In other words, a chap who obviously knows his onions.

The EDA (Electrical Distributors Association) this year celebrates 100 years of representing the electrical wholesale distribution industry within the UK.

The EDA itself was formed in 1998, having been previously known as the Electrical Wholesalers Federation (EWF) (established in 1914). Its members account for around 80% of the industry from the biggest names in the sector through to regional and local family run operations.