Oct 17, 2018

Energy Storage STUDIO conference promotes innovation and idea sharing

Energy Storage
U.S.
Olivia Minnock
1 min
The STUDIO conference was set up by the Energy Storage Association and the Electric Power Research Institute.
The Energy Storage STUDIO conference is well underway in Charlotte, US, and aims to discuss the practical implications of energy st...

The Energy Storage STUDIO conference is well underway in Charlotte, US, and aims to discuss the practical implications of energy storage – which is becoming a topic of increasing importance in the industry, particularly with the growth of the renewable energy space.  

The STUDIO (Storage, Uses, Deployment, Integration and Operations) conference is to last for two days and will bring together industry leaders and innovators. The event is being organised by the Energy Storage Association along with the Electric Power Research Institute.

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This morning, a ‘Women in Clean Energy Breakfast’ took place to bring together women in the clean energy industry and allow them opportunities to network – this was hosted by the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association.

As a whole the two-day event will promote not only networking but the exchange of ideas, and will feature several hundred stakeholders of the energy storage industry including service companies and project developers.

Prominent guest speakers at the conference include Kelly Speakes-Backman, CEO, Energy Storage Association; Daniel Darovsky, Director of Innovation and Technology at Gridmarket; Collin Coker, VP at Viking Gold Solutions; and Joy Ditto, President and CEO of the Utilities Technology Council.

 

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May 13, 2021

All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency

schools
energyefficiency
Renewables
Dominic Ellis
2 min
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only UK regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil

Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.

Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.

According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.

Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.

“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."

He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."

North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).

The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.

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