I received an email this week from a reader commenting on a story we featured in our September issue - http://www.electricalreview.co.uk/news/10745-counterfeit-publications

The reader, who did not wish to be named, wrote: "I could hardly believe my eyes when I read your warning of counterfeit wiring rules.
The problem of course is the very high price the IET has placed upon the book knowing that they will sell many copies. Getting people to read it is perhaps another subject.
I had a look on Google to see what price is now being asked and noticed the list of customers reviews. This one sums it up very well:

'This is an absolute racket. An overpriced, modestly updated, language-mangling, revenue-generating, time-thief of a book that spawns an industry of courses, guides and guidance notes. The IET could literally send out a couple of photocopied pages detailing the actual changes, like they had to a few years ago when the regs were published with some hideously embarrassing mistakes. (Like forgetting what a ring was.) Still, I shall chuck more than a hundred quid at it to satisfy Napit, and it is a lovely shade of yellow. As a lovely design detail, all IET publications disintegrate after you've had the temerity to check a few things in there'

Surely it is time these regulations were available on line and simple enough for the average electrician to understand. Perhaps the counterfeit edition is in simple English” the ER reader continued.

I would be very interested to hear your views on the matter.

Measure for measure

My many thousands of devoted readers will recall that, over the years, I have become increasingly sceptical about the overall cost of the government’s commitment to see 53 million so-called smart meters installed in British homes and businesses in the next five years. I can quite see the value of the exercise to the Big Six electricity companies, who will be able to dispense with both meter readers and telephone complaint operatives. Confident that all bills sent to consumers will henceforth already be completely accurate.

Electrical Review is launching a new reader survey and the team would be very grateful if you could take five minutes of your time to complete it.

We hope to discover your views on the electrical sector, its drivers and challenges, how you see the future of your business, which events you value.

Most of all, we want to know what you would like to see in Electrical Review in the future, which sections of the magazine you are most likely to read and your views on our website, supplements and e-newsletters.

Please click here to complete the survey.

We look forward to receiving your responses!

Elinore Mackay


Security is mortal’s chiefest enemy

Is every single British electricity-generating company now employing cyber security experts?  I understand American power companies are now under constant, accelerating attack, either from on line troublemakers. Or (more often) from state-sponsored players like China and Iran.

An investigation by the magazine USA today found between 2011 and 2014, there were no less than 362 reports of physical and cyber attacks on electric utility companies. Indeed in 2013 alone some 161 cyber attacks on the energy sector were reported to the US Department of Homeland Security. That is five times higher than just a couple of years before.

The September issue of Electrical Review will feature a dedicated lighting supplement.

The supplement will cover topics including energy efficiency, LEDs, recycling, emergency lighting, building controls and, very importantly, legislation.

Don't miss the chance to access this information. The supplement will be available in print, as a digital issue and at www.electricalreview.co.uk. Please visit the website to register.

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Electrical Review will next month publish its 2015 Specification Guide.

The Electrical Review Annual Specification Guide is a publication aimed at electrical engineers, project managers, consultants, and electrical contractors. This specialist companion title from Electrical Review is a print and online resource and best practice guide to specifying electrical systems in buildings and industry, from plugs and sockets right through to HV substation installation and smart grids.

A plague of pylons
A terrifying army of “nude giant girls”. That is how the peerless poet Stephen Spender described the electricity pylons that went up right across Britain in the 1920s.

Now National Grid has erected the first of a new generation of pylons. And to be frank, they are every bit as visually awful. Although shorter than their predecessors, the white “T-pylons” resemble most of all cut-price ski-lift supports.

Electrical Review is pleased to announce the 2015 return of its TTSC (Transformer technology and substations) conference, taking place on 25 June, at  the Andaz hotel in the City of London. For coverage of our last TTSC conference please see http://www.electricalreview.co.uk/videos/469-poweron.

Keep an eye on the Electrical Review website – www.electricalreview.co.uk – for details on speakers. To register please click here. If you would like any further details or would be interested in speaking at the event, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you would be interested in hearing about sponsorship opportunities please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We look forward to seeing you there!



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.