NHS could save £130mn in energy bills per year by updating systems
According to a recent report from Centrica Business Solutions, the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) could save 26% of its energy bills if it updated its efficiency measures.
By implementing new energy systems, the NHS could save £130mn (US$171.8mn) per year, the report argues.
The healthcare organisation is currently spending approximately £500mn ($660.9mn) annually on its energy bills.
The report suggests the healthcare provider could install battery storage and onsite low-carbon generation, as well as other efficient systems, to save money and improve environmental damage.
Demand-response services, onsite solutions, and monitoring technologies could all be used to manage the NHS’ energy consumption.
“Our NHS is an incredible healthcare system and a source of national pride – but it’s also under intense pressure to reduce costs while delivering enhanced services. Energy has a huge role to play in that,” stated Jorge Pikunic, Managing Director at Centrica Business Solutions.
“Energy could - and should - be a force for good for the NHS, helping to create financial efficiencies and unlock opportunities to make improvements in patient care.”
“However, it needs more support and funding to modernise its hospital estates.”
“Energy technology has come a long way in the past few decades and the systems used by most hospitals across Britain can benefit from the latest energy efficient solutions and equipment.”
Drax advances biomass strategy with Pinnacle acquisition
The Group’s enlarged supply chain will have access to 4.9 million tonnes of operational capacity from 2022. Of this total, 2.9 million tonnes are available for Drax’s self-supply requirements in 2022, which will rise to 3.4 million tonnes in 2027.
The £424 million acquisition of the Canadian biomass pellet producer supports Drax' ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) and will make a "significant contribution" in the UK cutting emissions by 78% by 2035 (click here).
This summer Drax will undertake maintenance on its CfD(2) biomass unit, including a high-pressure turbine upgrade to reduce maintenance costs and improve thermal efficiency, contributing to lower generation costs for Drax Power Station.
In March, Drax secured Capacity Market agreements for its hydro and pumped storage assets worth around £10 million for delivery October 2024-September 2025.
The limitations on BECCS are not technology but supply, with every gigatonne of CO2 stored per year requiring approximately 30-40 million hectares of BECCS feedstock, according to the Global CCS Institute. Nonetheless, BECCS should be seen as an essential complement to the required, wide-scale deployment of CCS to meet climate change targets, it concludes.