electricity

Ofgem launches project to pave the way for cheaper off-peak electricity

Tariffs where consumers pay less for using electricity off-peak or when it is cheaper to produce, are one step closer. The national roll-out of smart meters to homes is due to start in 2015. These meters will send actual consumption data directly to suppliers, meaning consumers will see an end to estimated bills. The meters […]

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New energy reforms to support 250,000 jobs

Up to £110 billion of private sector investment in the electricity sector is set to be unlocked with the publication of the Electricity Market Reform Delivery Plan. The investment is needed by 2020 alongside crucial measures to improve the security of electricity supply, which will be made possible now that the Energy Bill has received […]

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The ups and downs

Malcolm Doughton considers the electrical requirements for construction and demolition sites. Section 704 in BS 7671: 2008 Amendment No 1: 2011, Requirements for Electrical Installations identifies the additional requirements for construction and demolition site installations. Additional guidance can be found in IET Guidance Note 7, Special Locations. Download full PDF here

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Relocation, relocation

There are many occasions where the gas engineer is required to relocate the gas meter, usually from the existing position inside the property to a new outside cabinet. Graham Wretham explains what should happen regarding the existing earthing and bonding requirements. Firstly, it is important to note the fundamental requirements of the IET Wiring Regulations, […]

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Risk of blackouts to increase this winter

Today the National Grid has warned that the risk of blackouts this winter is extremely high and has not been at such levels of concern for the past six years. The difference between the power being generated and estimated peak demand could fall to levels not seen since the winter of 2007-08. The UK’s electricity […]

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