ello and welcome to the September issue

of Electrical Engineering. On 9 August, a power cut

disrupting nearly a million people in England and Wales - affecting homes, business and transport. The power was restored within an hour, but the National Grid outage is now subject to an Ofgem investigation. According to National Grid CEO,

John Pettigrew, two power plants, one gas plant and one wind farm - which account for five per cent of the UK’s electricity and power needs - both “took themselves off the network almost simultaneously”. He said that the company is doing everything in its power to understand the exact sequence of events and consequences of the power outage. Reports have suggested that a lightening strike may have been responsible. Jonathan Brearley, Ofgem's

executive director of systems and networks, said: “It's important that the industry takes all possible steps to prevent this happening again.” In this issue, Schneider Electric

looks at the role of Women in Engineering; in our Training feature, Carolyn Mason, ECA head of education and training, discusses the AM2 assessment and how best to prepare for it; and CP Electronics writes on the first building outside of London to achieve an outstanding rating from BREEAM. This issue also features a

supplement dedicated to Data Centres and UPS.

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five-point plan for the new UK government to improve the UK’s built environment has been set

out by engineering services body, ECA. The proposals include reforming cash retentions,

making buildings energy efficient, building more houses, reducing false self-employment, and preventing the use of unskilled labour. ECA CEO, Steve Bratt, commented: “If the new


.ON has reached a new milestone with the installation of its two millionth smart meter. The company has also recently announced that it

is now providing 100 per cent renewable electricity to all customers’ homes as standard. This milestone supports E.ON’s vision to help

customers better manage their energy in a sustainable way, giving them greater control over the energy they need and use. Smart meters are the first step in the journey towards helping achieve a sustainable and personalised energy system, and bringing Britain’s energy market into the 21st century. Michael Lewis, chief executive of E.ON UK, said:

“The future of energy is smart, personalised and sustainable. It’s a great accomplishment that we’ve now installed two million smart meters in Britain, as this is a crucial first step for many householders in helping us, as a nation, reach our net-zero target. New research from Smart Energy GB reveals

that smart meter owners do more to save energy and are more likely to look into ways to use less energy, which is key to achieving a decarbonised energy system. With a modern, decarbonised energy grid, Britain

will be able to reduce its CO2 emissions and bring an

end to fossil fuels. Small changes, like getting a free smart meter, can help in leading the energy transition and creating a smart, decarbonised system for future generations.

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government is to deliver a range of key infrastructure projects, such as high-speed rail, major housing developments and renewable power generation, then it needs to promote a competitive market based on quality and innovation. Unfair, unsustainable practices such as false self-employment, cash retentions and reliance on unqualified, incompetent labour need tackling as a priority. “The engineering services industry plays a

fundamental role in improving the UK’s built environment, which in turn is the engine of progress and growth across the economy. Businesses stand ready to support the government to reach its ambitious climate targets and deliver key infrastructure, but change is required to make this a reality.”


ver 50 per cent of UK residents would be in favour of an energy theft amnesty, according to

a new poll of 1,000 people. The findings come following a possible proposal by Ofgem, which revealed the potential introduction of a one-off chance for UK citizens to own up to having a tampered energy meter. The meter would be made safe and no backdated charges applied. When provided basic information regarding energy

theft, an average of 58 per cent of people said they would be in favour of the process. Following this, respondents were made aware of

some of the pros of an amnesty, such as reducing the danger to safety through making meters safe, alongside reducing the £20 that tampered meters add to every household bill each year. When given these additional details and asked their opinion again, the total number of those in favour dropped to 52 per cent.



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