Business grants offered for LED switch over

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have recently announced that it will be offering grants for businesses to switch from their current form of lighting over to LED lighting in a bid to reduce carbon emissions and ease the pressure on the national grid.

£20 million has been put aside under the trial scheme inviting businesses of all kind to apply. The main interest though will be those businesses who predict that they could save around 100 kilowatts of energy during the winter months, these businesses could may well include the likes of hospitals and airports among others.

If the scheme is seen to be successful after its two year trial period the government will consider continuation of the scheme under the ‘Capacity Market’ that is yet to be launched later on in the year.

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LED lighting in street lamps

Across the world the use of LED lighting is becoming ever more popular, in Norway and the UK and the USA the integration of LED’s into street lights is becoming ever more common. Glasgow have been trialling the use of LED’s since 2012, while Liverpool City Council have announced that they will be replacing their 57,000 street lights with LED’s over the next two years,with expected savings in maintenance of £2.7 million in five years, as well as reducing their carbon emissions.

Longyearbyen is a town in the region of Svalbard, Norway situated half way between the North Pole and mainland Norway and sees darkness between the months of April and August, with street light needing to be on for the duration of this they have also made the switch to LED lighting, it has been predicted that they will have energy savings of around 70%. Oakland, California is another city that has predicted high energy savings with an estimate of 40%.

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Norway and USA

New Filament Technology Range

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Filament Technology range. Filament Technology lamps combine the low energy and long life of LED with the visual appearance of incandescent lamps.

The unique glass to cap design eliminates the bulky plastic or metal commonly found in ‘ice cream cone’ style LED candle lamps, making the range perfect for chandeliers and decorative fittings.

The Lamp Company has been appointed distributor of the Filament Technology range. Two more distributors will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you would like to know more about the Filament Technology range, please contact us now.


83 per cent of businesses to miss growth targets due to energy price hikes

Businesses are facing lower growth prospects and are considering cutting the number of people they employ because of energy price increases, according to a new survey.

The vast majority – 83 per cent – of organisations say they will not meet business growth targets because of energy price hikes, according to the poll published today. A further 43 per cent said they would miss their 2013 targets by 10 per cent and more than half – 60 per cent – said they were now considering staff cuts because of the impact of rising energy costs.

Today’s survey by One Poll on behalf of energy saving consultancy Energy Works PLC was published as the National Audit Office (NAO) said the UK could expect energy prices to outstrip inflation until at least 2030. It was conducted in October as some of the Big Six energy companies announced a new round of inflation-busting price increases.

“Unless we take urgent actions it is clear that the economic prosperity of the country is at risk,” Derek Duffill, CEO of Energy Works, said.

The Energy Works survey interviewed owners at 200 businesses across sectors such as finance, hospitality, property, construction, government and public services sectors. All had annual electricity bills of between £30,000 and £1 million.

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LuxLive, 20-21 November 2013

Will you be attending the UK’s biggest and best lighting event? UKLED will be exhibiting at LuxLive on stand H24, Wednesday 20 – Thursday 21 November.LuxLive2013

This year’s event will feature more than 50 hours of talks, and is entirely free – simply register here.

Check back here in the coming weeks for details of what will be featuring on UKLED’s stand.

£100m funding available to invest in “Green Retrofit”

BRE along with partners Sustainable Development Capital Ltd have launched a new scheme to provide capital investment for non-domestic energy efficiency retrofit projects in the UK.

The new Green Retrofit Investment Programme has up to £100 million available for investment in building retrofit projects and energy infrastructure projects where clear energy and carbon emissions savings will result. £50m of the fund has come from the Government’s Green Investment Bank.

The scheme will support projects that deliver reduction in energy demand, cost and greenhouse gas emissions for four areas:

  • Building retrofits
  • Renewable heat
  • Combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Urban infrastructure

The fund is open to projects of £2 million plus and provides backing for up to 100% of project cost.

Read the full press release here

Scottish Government proposes LED streetlight conversion

Plans to convert Scotland’s streetlights to LEDs are being considered for funding from the Green Investment Bank (GIB), as part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to make the country greener.

Rural affairs and environment secretary Richard Lochhead has said the savings made from the change would make the LED project ‘ideal’ for GIB funding.

Speaking at a Green Investment Bank conference in Edinburgh last month, Lochhead said, ‘Payback time is estimated at around seven to nine years, which is an outstanding spend to save case based on energy savings of as much as 40 to 60 per cent.

‘Analysis by the Scottish Futures Trust indicates that an investment of £350 million in low-carbon measures across the Scottish public estate could lead to potential cost reductions in the region of £900 million.’

The nationwide project is part of a number of energy-efficiency programmes being looked at, but work goes on to assess how much the UK GIB will invest in these projects and what structures will support the investment.

The plan is one of a number of energy-efficiency programmes that the Scottish Government is considering.

Read the original article in this month’s edition of Lux Magazine.

NEC Facilities Show, 14-16 May

Will you be attending the world’s largest facilities management event? UKLED will be exhibiting

UKLED's 2012 Stand

UKLED's 2012 Stand

on stand 2H116 at the NEC Facilities Show, 14-16 May.

Do you want to cut the lighting costs of your factory or warehouse? Reduce your office’s carbon footprint? Improve the quality of lighting in your shop, restaurant or hotel? Visit us at the show where our expert lighting consultants will be waiting to help you find a solution to your lighting requirements.

Lighting consultant Alex Mackenzie has this to say about the show:

“This will be my third time at the show and each year it exceeds my expectations, not only in how we can solve our customers’ problems with our products but that the awareness of LED grows each year. Our clients are realising more and more that it’s not if but when with LED in their businesses.


Lighting Consultants Jan McSkimming and Alex Mackenzie (left and right) and Technician Richard Mason (centre).

“I look forward to meeting new customers and old alike. Come along and have a chat. See you there!”

UKLED’s stand will feature our complete range of products, from spot lights to retrofit tubes and panels, to flood lights and high bays.

Whether you’re interested in saving money or reducing your carbon footprint, want to discover the cost of your existing lighting system of improve the quality of light in your building – come and visit us on stand 2H116. We’ll be waiting to help you.

Don’t forget to register now to avoid the £30 on site

registration fee.

Carbon floor price launches at £16 per tonne

The government has imposed a minimum price for companies emitting carbon, despite concerns that the measure will drive up energy bills while having a negligible impact on global greenhouse gas emissions.

The new carbon floor price, which came into effect today, will see firms charged £16 per tonne of CO2 for fuels used for power generation this year.

The move is designed to provide a long-term price signal for low-carbon investors and will increase gradually every year to reach the Treasury’s goal of £30 per tonne by the end of the decade, and £70 per tonne in 2030.

But businesses and green groups have consistently warned that in setting a carbon floor price that is significantly higher than the rest of Europe, the Treasury will simply drive heavy energy users out of the UK, a problem dubbed “carbon leakage”.

According to figures published last week by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), an average energy intensive business will pay £130,000 for the carbon floor price in 2013, rising to £1.1m in 2020.

The EU Emissions Trading System has been in meltdown over the past 12 months, caused by the economic crisis and a surplus of carbon allowances. Prices are currently languishing well below €5 per tonne, compared to a €37.78 high in 2008.

Reg Platt, senior research fellow at think tank IPPR, yesterday warned that without action in Europe to prop up the ailing carbon price the UK’s carbon floor price will fail to drive down emissions.

Research by IPPR has found that the floor price will push up the wholesale cost of electricity by 17 per cent in 2015/6 compared to today’s price, undermining the competitiveness of British industry.

The floor price could also provide £1.2bn in profits for the nuclear and wind energy companies over the next three years, as they will be exempt from the price floor, the report said.

Meanwhile, the carbon floor price is expected to raise £4.42bn for the government over the next three years but could push 30,000 to 60,000 households into fuel poverty during this year alone.

“Green industries offer huge potential for unleashing economic growth and creating jobs but there are far better ways to support them than through this tax,” said Platt.

“The key test now is whether the Treasury pursues an ambitious EU-wide strategy on climate policy.”

A spokeswoman for DECC said the floor price was expected to drive down energy bills in the long term.

“The carbon floor price is designed to drive  £30-40bn of new investment in low-carbon technology, encouraging green growth and driving down electricity prices in the long term,” she said.

The government has also revealed plans for a £250m support package to help heavy industry cope with the impact of the government’s planned carbon floor price.

Read the original article at Business Green.

Big potential for low-energy factory lighting

There is significant demand for low-energy lighting in the UK’s manufacturing sector, according to a survey commissioned by GE.

The survey of 405 high-tech manufacturers, carried out in November and December 2012, found that more energy efficient lighting was the energy-saving option most likely to have been considered, beating off other measures such as insulation, solar power, and combined heat and power.

Overall, about half of the businesses questioned said they had considered some kind of power-generation or efficiency measures to make their energy supply cheaper and more secure. Eighty-one per cent of those that had thought about such changes had considered lighting.

Energy use was a key concern – with 84 per cent of the manufacturers surveyed saying they were worried about rising energy costs. However, less than half voiced concern about carbon emissions.

On the whole, the survey found the sector ‘cautiously upbeat’, GE said. UK CEO Mark Elborne said: ‘The UK has a strong manufacturing heritage and there is good potential to build on this.’

Read the original article in this month’s edition of Lux Magazine.