chneider Electric is looking to the government for urgent clarity on the long-term view of securing the UK’s future clean energy goals, following the closure of the Renewables Obligation (RO) to all new generating capacity on March 31.

The RO scheme was one of the main support mechanisms for large-scale renewable electricity projects in the UK and with its passing Tanuja Randery, Zone President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric, stresses the continued importance of renewables integration and the need for clear energy policy in the face of spiraling demand.

Randery comments: “Renewables have come a long way; the technology is starting to mature and onshore wind is now the

cheapest form of new generation in the UK. However, this does not mean subsidies are no longer necessary.

“When comparing the renewables industry to the long-standing utilities sector, it is still in its infancy. Continued support is the only way to keep the renewables market growing and innovating to provide the cleanest mix of energy at a price best for the consumer. “The UK has always been a leader in energy and climate change, and renewables are essential if we are to maintain that position and hit our 2050 targets.”

Randery goes on to say that subsidies and schemes such as the RO, have played an important role in helping to balance our fuel sources and make it attractive to invest in new forms of renewable energy.

“With support for new renewable generation

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being cut off and the lack of a clear vision, the industry is facing an exodus of skills and investment that could see a growing industry rapidly shrink,” she continues.

“Energy demand is expected to double by 2050 due to urbanisation, industrialisation and digitisation. This means we need to be three times more efficient to address climate change and meet sustainability targets. “Renewables are core to achieving this goal but investment is needed to continue their development and better connect cleaner power sources to our ageing grid. As demand grows, wind, water and solar sources will be crucial for keeping the lights on and safeguarding our climate in the years to come.”

Schneider Electric is a global specialist in energy management and automation.

BSRIA and ECA staging ‘Is smart really smart?’

SRIA and ECA are holding the ‘Is smart really smart’ event on Wednesday, 10th May, from 9.30am to 2.30pm in London, with the aim of giving delegates a greater understanding of this subject. This event will look at the issues emerging from new technology in buildings and how we can use the information generated more wisely to achieve the expected benefits of occupant comfort, the use of energy, water, and building resources more efficiently and, therefore, improve facility staff productivity. For more information visit:


Willmott Dixon appoints REL for St Albans museum project

Ingersoll­Rand strengthens HVAC portfolio with latest acquisition

ngersoll-Rand plc, a global leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, has completed the acquisition of Thermocold Costruzioni Srl.


The acquisition strengthens the company’s portfolio of energy efficient, climate-friendly heating, ventilating and

air-conditioning (HVAC) products for buildings in Europe with opportunities to extend Thermocold technologies to other parts of the world. Thermocold

operates from Bari, Italy, and has a wide European distribution network.

“The completion of this acquisition marks another milestone in providing breakthrough solutions for building owners to achieve operating and sustainability goals,” said Dave Regnery, President of the Commercial HVAC North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa strategic business unit (SBU) of Ingersoll Rand.

“We have been jointly innovating and serving

to deliver a £1.1m M&E contract as part of a £7.75m project to transform an historic town hall into a museum and art gallery. The refurbishment of the Grade II listed building in the centre of St Albans will see the ground floor turned into a reception and exhibition space, including a shop and café. On the first floor, the former assembly rooms will be refurbished into space for public events including heritage and art exhibitions. The newly constructed basement will incorporate an ambience-controlled gallery for


illmott Dixon Construction has selected REL Electrical

hosting national and international exhibitions.

REL will provide all the mechanical and electrical services for the three- storey building, including installing underfloor heating, boiler plants, ventilation, air conditioning, colour- changing lighting, and advanced security systems.

Simon Ramage, operations director at Willmott Dixon, commented: “This is a complex project, which requires previous experience of working in historic buildings, so REL is well positioned to ensure it’s a success.”

Designed by John McAslan + Partners, the new museum is expected to open in early 2018.

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SPIE delivers electricity infrastructure for UKPN

PIE UK has been awarded a significant Wood Pole Overhead Line framework by UK Power Networks. One of six contractors selected by UK Power Networks to refurbish and upgrade electrical infrastructure across East Anglia and South East England, the term of the framework is initially two years with a four plus two-year extension. SPIE’s role forms part of a £920m investment project by UK Power Networks. In its first year, SPIE will be stationed in the East of England, outside of Colchester, where it will manage the design and planning of projects associated with the overhead distribution system.


SPIE will focus on wooden poles supporting cables operating from 230 Volts up to, and including 132,000 Volts, as part of UK Power Networks’ work to keep the lights on for 3.5million homes and businesses across the East of England. Services will include the replacement, refurbishment and construction of overhead lines.

customers, and this is the next step in our relationship. This is an exciting day for employees and distribution partners; we look forward to the growth potential we have together.” One of the signature

Thermocold solutions is a multi- pipe HVAC system for high efficiency, simultaneous heating and cooling.

The company did not disclose the cost of the acquisition and indicated the transaction would not have a material impact on the company’s cash flow or earnings in 2017.


Facilities Show announces keynotes for 2017

acilities Show has announced its ‘best ever’ inspirational speaker line-up – rock star physicist Professor Brian Cox OBE; double Olympic gold medallist, Dame Kelly Holmes and Falklands War veteran, Simon Weston OBE.

Taking place as part of the Protection and Management Series 2017, Europe’s leading events for security, fire, safety, workwear, facilities and service management, at London’s ExCeL from June 20th-22nd, these three keynote speakers will support more than 30 hours of facilities content.

Launched in 2015, the Inspirational Speaker Series gives visitors the opportunity to hear from leaders outside of the facilities profession.

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