$675 million in saved energy costs in 2012 thanks to LED lights



The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) did a study of how much electricity was saved last year thanks to the use of LED in nine kinds of applications (various kinds of indoor lights, streetlights, etc). The numbers are very impressive: “In 2012, about 49 million LED lamps and luminaires were installed in the nine applications. LEDs in these markets saved approximately 71 trillion British thermal units (tBtu), equivalent to an annual energy cost savings of about $675 million”!

The DOE estimates that if the nine markets included in the estimate above were to switch to LEDs overnight, “annual source energy savings could approach 3,873 tBtu, or about 3.9 quadrillion Btu (quads)”. This would be the equivalent of about $37 billion in annual energy costs!

This amount represents approximately half of the total national lighting energy consumption in 2012, yet people wouldn’t be giving anything up – they’d still get just as much light – except for higher energy bills and pollution (CO2, particulate matter, mercury and other toxins, etc). Sounds like a good deal to me!



ENMAT releases ENMAT for iphone/ipad


Following on from the success of ENMAT for Android, the ENMAT Energy Team are pleased to announce the release of ENMAT for iphone and ipad.

ENMAT for iphone/ipad is a free app available on the Apple App Store


ENMAT for iphone/ipad allows you to:

  • Manage your energy data in the palm of your hand, whenever and wherever you need it

  • View ENMAT Energy dashboards from your phone or tablet

  • Keep up to date with latest developments from the ENMAT Energy Team

  • View any dashboard instantly

For a more details on supported devices please see: 

UK Energy Bill Gets Third Reading For Decision On 2030 Target

A statement the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) said that feedback from the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee had meant the government amended the bill, adding a clause that will enable a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector to be set in 2016. The target will be set following advice from the Committee on Climate Change.

The government says the bill will incentivise £110bn of private sector investment into the industry by 2020. Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon said, ‘This Bill will bring unprecedented levels of inward investment into our energy infrastructure, on a scale that will dwarf the Olympics and indeed everything else in the infrastructure pipeline from transport, water and telecoms.

‘Already since 2010, we have secured £29bn of the £110bn investment we need, supporting 30,000 skilled jobs in the renewables sector. We estimate that in total there could be 250,000 jobs in the energy sector as a result of the Energy Bill.’

Yesterday star of TV show The Apprentice and founder of the Amstrad computer companyLord Sugar called on the government to insert a 2030 target for green electricity into the Energy Bill in order to end the ‘prolonged uncertainty’ surrounding companies and investors in the energy sector.

In a letter to the Financial Times, Sugar urged ministers to make the last-minute change to the Energy Bill as it enters the House of Commons this week for its third reading.


Executive Summary

This report provides energy managers and heads of sustainability with an independent analysis of the UK Energy Bill and package of energy policy reforms, published by the UK government on November 29, 2012. While these energy policy reforms will affect power utilities most, Verdantix analysis finds that the measures will also impact corporate energy management programmes. The Energy Bill, and other energy policy reforms, will support corporate investment in large-scale renewables through: low-carbon generation subsidies; financial support for energy efficiency equipment upgrades; and opportunities for demand response programmes. Before the Energy Bill clears its final legislative step, the government must address a number of key questions including low-carbon generation subsidy levels and the structure of financial incentives for energy efficiency initiatives.


Energy Bill Policy Shields Energy-Intensive Firms From Rising Costs
Corporates Eye A Cut Of £7.6 Billion Low-Carbon Power Subsidy
Government Must Resolve Major Questions Before Energy Bill Passes Into Law


Figure 1. Four Key Elements Of The UK Electricity Market Reform

Cheap Coal ‘Threatens UK Pollution Targets’


Coal on the global market is so cheap that it threatens government attempts to tackle climate change, the chairman of the Environment Agency has warned.

Lord Smith says the UK’s share of electricity generated by coal is up to 40% – the highest since 1996.

Unless this trend is curbed, he says, the UK will miss its targets on curbing climate change and sulphur pollution.

The price of coal has been driven down by the dash for shale gas in the US.

Gas is much less polluting than coal, so carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have fallen in the US. But European power generators have gobbled up the resulting cheap coal, driving carbon emissions up in several nations.

The EU’s statistical agency Eurostat estimates that from 2011 to 2012, CO2 emissions increased by 3.9% in the UK. The rise is most likely to be due to increased coal burning.

UK emissions of sulphur, which is damaging to health, have risen when they are supposed to be falling.


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Efficiency In Energy Management Is Key To Pressures In Food Industry


Increased competitive pressures, tighter margins and rising energy costs are forcing manufacturers to alter their methods of operation. At the same time, new ways of managing energy consumption and quality through sophisticated power monitoring tools have emerged – providing the information that companies need to be able to take action to reduce energy usage. In short, effective energy management is no longer an option; it is a strategic business necessity.



By 2020 it is predicted that the earth’s population will have swollen to around 8 billion people1, meaning that food and beverage manufacturers are facing a significant challenge of producing enough food to meet the world’s growing need. To add to the pressure, the UK’s manufacturers have also been tasked with reducing their energy consumption by 20 per cent.


Mounting pressure to become more sustainable means that many manufacturers are now seeking solutions that will enable them to lower energy usage but maintain flexible production standards – all while meeting health and safety guidelines.


Within the industry, the term ‘Overall Equipment Effectiveness’ or OEE, is a recognised key measurement of efficiency and is based on three main factors: performance, availability and quality. With the increasing focus on reducing energy consumption, we believe that there is an argument to now include energy within the equation – resulting in what could be termed Overall Equipment Effectiveness plus Energy Management (OEE+E).

In today’s tough economic climate, end-users now expect control systems to go beyond functional and regulatory performance. They have now become a tool to manage the plant while reducing energy and overhead costs, cutting carbon emissions and providing quick and precise information that moulds both production and business strategies.


Over the past decade, the adoption of Ethernet-based control networks and commercial off-the-shelfhardware, components and operating systems have improved the way the systems in place communicate. This provides end-users with the flexibility, choice and predictability necessary to achieve a truly energy efficient manufacturing plant. By upgrading to a fully integrated solution – incorporating both the energy management and automation system with the operation management applications – it is possible to make vast improvements to a site’s OEE+E.


Finally, for a food manufacturer to lower running costs while reducing energy consumption, they must employ a flexible automation system that is capable of reacting to changing energy costs. The price of energy can vary significantly at different times of the day, as well as geographically. While manufacturers may be using a process automation system to manage energy consumption, if they are using too much energy at the wrong times of the day, both costs and emissions will remain high.




ENMAT (Energy Monitoring & Targeting) is a web based Energy Monitoring and Targeting system. It presents energy management data in a way that is relevant, meaningful and useful to users.

The purpose of Monitoring and Targeting is to relate your energy consumption data to the appropriate energy drivers, such as weather and production, so that you get a better understanding of how energy is being used. In particular, it will identify if there are signs of avoidable waste or other opportunities to reduce consumption.

Envantage offer a Monitoring and Targeting (M&T) service to enable organisations to save energy and cut costs. The use of this platform means that we can deliver a bespoke solutions to meet your needs.

Aimed at industrial/commercial SMEs and multi-site retailers, the Envantage ENMAT service utilises the latest software technologies  to obtain a full picture of customer energy usage across single or multiple sites.

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 ENMAT (Energy Monitoring & Targeting) is a web based Energy Monitoring and Targeting system. It presents energy management data in a way that is relevant, meaningful and useful to users.

We offer a free service for business users with Half Hourly Metering. We also support a wide range of smart devices such as Google Android:


Aimed at industrial/commercial SMEs and multi-site retailers, the Envantage ENMAT service utilises the latest software technologies to obtain a full picture of customer energy usage across single or multiple sites.