The Electrical Review PowerOn seminar on building the data centre of the future took place yesterday at the City of London Club. It was a great success. Anyone who attended and has any further questions they would like to be forwarded to one of the presenters, please do email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Following on from yesterday’s event, we are looking forward to the Electrical Review Smart Lighting Summit, taking place 19 April at The Crystal in London, one of the world’s most sustainable buildings.

In the same way LED lighting has taken energy efficiency to a new level smart lighting is now allowing a more sustainable approached to how this lighting is controlled. The huge rise in the number of connected devices has helped raise awareness to the ‘Internet of Things’, but how will the lighting industry deal with the electrical infrastructure behind.  Electrical Review has been covering the latest developments in smart lighting controls over recent years, but our readers are now demanding more understanding of how they can deliver smart lighting and the challenges they need to overcome in a face-to-face environment. This event will be an opportunity to meet and network with senior people in the electrical space who will be meeting to learn and gain insights.

To discuss sponsorship opportunities please contact Philip or Sunny on +44(0)20 7933 8970.

Please don’t forget, Electrical Review’s Philip Woolley is running the London Marathon this year on behalf of the Electrical Industries Charity. If you would like to help those in our industry who have come across hard times please do click here.


Distorting the market

Climate Change. It is intended to reward owners of marginal power stations for keeping them serviceable as possible back-up for peak consumption times.

The first ever auctions under it took place on 16 December: lucky winners are basically getting paid for keeping spare capacity on tap for the next 15 years.

Electrical Review will again host a Data Centre PowerOn seminar for 2016. If you would like to register or require further information please do see the links below.

The even is free-to-attend, an afternoon seminar at the City of London Club on 1 March 2016, focusing on all aspects of power transmission and distribution in the data centre environment.
 
The programme aims to inform delegates how to best maximise energy efficiency in these areas and implement the right infrastructure to complement the evolution of the data centre.
 
Please click here to register for free.
 
You can find more information on the event here.

We hope to see you there!


 

Happy new year from the Electrical Review team and all at SJP Business Media!

We have many projects to share with you this year including our Data Centre PowerOn event on 23 February in London, and our new Lighting Summit in April.

If you are interested in speaking opportunities please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For sponsorship opportunities please contact my colleague Philip Woolley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Philip is also running the London Marathon this year on behalf of the Electrical Industries Charity. If you would like to help those in our industry who have come across hard times please do click here.

We look forward to working with you in 2016.

Electrical Review’s senior sales manager, Philip Woolley, will take place in the 2016 London Marathon to help raise funds for the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC).

The event takes place on 24 April, starting from Greenwich in South East London.

If you would like to sponsor Philip please click here and support those from the electrical industry needing a little extra help.

Tessa Ogle, managing director of the The Electrical Industries Charity, said: "Since the Electrical Trades Benevolent Institution was founded in 1905 the charity has continued to evolve and now provides financial relief and practical support to more people in the electrical related industries than ever before. Two thirds of our current beneficiaries are of working age but the majority are ‘economically inactive’ due to redundancy, illness, injury or caring responsibilities. Our aim as a charity is to reach more working people and provide the support which is essential to them.

The Electrical Review team would like to wish you a very peaceful Christmas and a happy new year. We look forward to working with you in 2016.

Culling at Culham
The Written Parliamentary Answer from the Department of Energy published in Hansard does look stupefyingly boring, listing as it blandly does several columns of anticipated expenditure during each year of this Parliament. But actually it reveals some quite extraordinary plans for future profligate public spending between 2015 and 2020. 

The original Question, from the SNP’s Alan Brown, concerned planned spending on nuclear fusion. For decades Her Majesty’s Government has been funding trials for nuclear fusion under the JET programme at Culham, Oxfordshire. To date, whilst it may have provided lucrative employment for many physicists, this has produced not one single kilowatt-hour of useful electricity (whilst consuming a lot of power itself during the research process).  

 

Effectively this Parliamentary Answer reveals we the taxpayers will be forking out at least £45m during this Parliament towards trying to close down this moribund facility. Think how many older peoples’ homes could be insulated with that money. Except that this government no longer has any dedicated programme (in England at any rate) to deliver such lagging for old lags.

In April 2016 Electrical Review, in response to consistent reader feedback, will be launching the Smart Lighting Summit. In the same way LED lighting has taken energy efficiency to a new level smart lighting is now allowing a more sustainable approached to how this lighting is controlled. The huge rise in the number of connected devices has helped raise awareness to the ‘Internet of Things’, but how will the lighting industry deal with the electrical infrastructure behind.  Electrical Review has been covering the latest developments in smart lighting controls over recent years, but our readers are now demanding more understanding of how they can deliver smart lighting and the challenges they need to overcome in a face-to-face environment.

This event will be an opportunity to meet and network with senior people in the electrical space who will be meeting to learn and gain insights.

The Smart Lighting Summit will be held in the stunning home of the IET at Savoy Place, London. The newly refurbished building already plays host to the global engineering community and supporting technology innovation which makes it an ideal backdrop to this summit.

For further information on what topics the event will cover click here.

If you would be interested in a speaking opportunity please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For commercial opportunities please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A group of senior managers from City Electrical Factors (CEF) will be spending the night of Friday 27 November in a car park in Birmingham, lending its support to St Basils BIG SLEEPOUT, to raise much needed funds for the homeless.

The team hopes to raise £10,000 for St Basils, a charity that works with young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness across the Midlands. At any one time St Basils could have over 400 young people living in one of their 27 supported accommodation schemes and each year help over 4,000 break the cycle of homelessness by giving them the necessary skills and training.

The charity is striving to raise £750,000 this year to provide intensive support to their young residents for their Learning, Skills and Work service, which is an integral part of helping young people move on successfully.

Hundreds of people take part in the event, spending a cold night with nothing but a sleeping bag, cardboard and team spirit to keep them warm. Every year there is friendly competition to create the best cardboard accommodation. Never ones to turn down a challenge, the CEF team will be keeping busy and warm making their own cardboard creation. You will be able to catch up on how they did at CEF.co.uk/news after the event or follow #bigsleepout on social media.

There is still time to make a donation via the CEF Just Giving page! justgiving.com/cefsleepout/, or you can find out more about the charity at Stbasils.org.uk.

The new electricity market pricing system that came in to effect on Thursday 5 November will place even more responsibility on generators to improve the management of their supply imbalances or face much higher pricing penalties.

Electrical Review was last week invited to meet Tessa Ogle, the new managing director of the The Electrical Industries Charity.

An experienced general management professional with an extensive track record in leading business growth, Ogle joins the charity from Parsons Brinckerhoff (a Balfour Beatty company) where she held the position of national general manager for oil and gas.

Ogle said:“Since the Electrical Trades Benevolent Institution was founded in 1905 the charity has continued to evolve and now provides financial relief and practical support to more people in the electrical related industries than ever before.

“Two thirds of our current beneficiaries are of working age but the majority are ‘economically inactive’ due to redundancy, illness, injury or caring responsibilities. Our aim as a charity is to reach more working people and provide the support which is essential to them.

“This is therefore a very exciting time to be joining the Electrical Industries Charity and I look forward to working with the industry to ensure that we continue to provide help and support to our people when they need it most.”

Under Ogle’s leadership the charity will focus on four key programmes, the Apprenticeship Support Programme; Employee and Family Support Programme; Pensioner Support Programme and a Practical Participation Programme.

It is so important we continue to support those in our industry who need help. Please do visit www.electricalcharity.org for details on future fundraising events.

In last week’s newsletter we reported on training provider JTL chief executive’s response to an Ofsted report suggesting apprenticeships are delivering poor quality for money and seeing thousands of “under achieving” young people.

Jon Graham said he is disappointed the headline messaging that has been seized upon, ignores the very positive results and outcomes many specialist providers are delivering for the UK economy. Read the full article here. 

I received a response from an M&E construction manager:

“I was interested to read your article , I served a very structured JIB apprenticeship with C J Bartley & Co Ltd from June 1981 till July 1984. There was an appointed apprentice manager who had involvement in workplace training and college courses.

Now watching all three of my own children and speaking to their friends who are going through modern Apprenticeships , I see a wide variation in training. Some are very structured ie UKPN others seem to lack any clear direction on what is the end goal and the route to it.

I now work as an M&E manager on London Power Tunnel project , using a wide variety of tradesman, for too many years the educational focus seems to of been to get people into university this seems to of created the situation where we potentially have a lot of chiefs(often with no idea) and very few Indians with the sufficient skillset to become capable tradesman.

I now look at an ageing workforce thinking what will happen when we are too old to work.”

As always, I would be interested to hear your thoughts.