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May 2011 ECA Today 3 Sustainability

Nonetheless, the ECA continues to highlight and promote the opportunities that the sustainability agenda offers the electrical industry – both in headline-grabbing renewables and lower key (but extremely important) energy saving technologies. In this issue (page 18), we take a look at how the ECA/ELECSA Renewables Roadshow has been spreading the message to the regions, with answers to key questions members have been asking. We also focus on the details of the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive scheme and explain what it means for electrical contractors (page 22). Over the last 12 months, ECA Today has spotlighted some of the excellent work ECA members have been involved with, in some of the UK’s most high- profile construction and refurbishment projects. This issue we examine the iconic Olympic Velodrome, one of the landmark venues of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, to see how unique challenges were met using state-of-the-art techniques and low-carbon technology solutions (page 26).

Inside story

There’s plenty more to read in this issue of ECA Today – including the latest developments in cable management solutions (page 48), a brief guide to power factor correction (page 52), an update on on-site carbon counting (page 38), plus a life and death legal issue every contractor should be aware of (page 41). In addition, we have our usual selection of regular articles, news and views. Look out, too, for the fantastic competition we’re running in association with Philips Lighting, on page 70 of this issue – with a bit of luck, you could find yourself the winner of a stunning 32” HD ready digital LED TV. Finally, thanks to ECA members and others within the industry for the feedback we’ve received over our first year. It is your magazine, so please continue to let us know what you think. See you again in July.

Phil Lattimore Editor

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elcome to the May issue of ECA Today. It’s been a year since the debut copies of the magazine were first unveiled at the ECA Electrical Industry Conference 2010, but while there may have been plenty of significant

changes in the domestic and international environment since then, many of the challenges facing members – and opportunities for the electrical sector – remain the same. Chances are, it will be a similar story a year from now, too. The economic climate continues to be challenging, with uncertainty exacerbated by lacklustre growth and the ongoing impact of the coalition government’s programme of spending cuts. Government initiatives to encourage investment in renewable energy, such as the Feed-in Tariff scheme, has fuelled a boom in the microgeneration market – particularly with solar PV installations. However, there is still uncertainty surrounding the future implementation of such schemes, which inevitably affects investment decisions of customers and installers alike.

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