17th Edition – Installing Consumer Units

We have found a useful guide published by Hager regarding installing consumer units.

This guide will help you understand the Wiring Regulations and current Building Regulations, providing the necessary facts to construct compliant installations including Consumer Units.

The PDF can be found here – http://www.hager.co.uk/files/download/0/2802_1/0/Hager%20Guide%20to%2017th%20Edition%20Consumer%20Units.pdf 

Getting Smart Energy Technology Into Homes And Businesses

As part of the Industrial Strategy the Government and Ofgem set out plans to upgrade the energy system, putting consumers in control.  Here is the plans for smart energy :-

A plan to give homes and businesses more control over their energy use and support innovative new technologies, as part of the Industrial Strategy, was set out by Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark today (24 July 2017).

The innovative plan will transform how homes and businesses store and use energy. It will deliver a smarter, more flexible energy system by removing barriers to smart and battery technology, reducing costs for consumers. The report, ‘Upgrading our energy system’ describes how the UK energy system is changing and how it can ensure economic benefits for businesses and households. Over a quarter of the UK’s electricity is being generated through renewables such as wind and solar, much of it located close to homes and businesses. New technologies that help store and manage energy are emerging and the costs are falling.

These changes provide an opportunity to create new businesses and jobs in the UK. At the same time new smart technologies like smart meters – and appliances you can control from your mobile phone – along with other improvements to manage the energy system will help the country save up to £40 billion on energy costs over decades to come.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:

Upgrading our energy system to make sure it is fit for the future is a key part of our Industrial Strategy. A smarter energy system will create opportunities to reduce energy costs, increase productivity and put UK businesses in a leading position to export smart energy technology and services to the rest of the world.

By rolling out smart meters, enabling suppliers to offer lower tariffs and making it easier for firms to develop smart appliances and gadgets, the plan will help consumers use energy when it is cheapest or get rewarded for returning it to the grid when it is needed.



The plan also recognises the role that energy storage can play in a smart energy grid and the opportunities presented by falling costs of battery technologies designed to store surplus energy. To allow industry to exploit these new technologies government and Ofgem have committed to removing barriers to the introduction of this technology into our power network.

Andrew Wright, Senior Partner, Energy Systems, Ofgem, said:

The way we are generating and using energy in Britain is changing rapidly. Today’s plan sets out how Ofgem, government and the industry will work together to modernise the energy system and make sure consumers get the benefits of the changes.

We want to open the door to new technologies and services so that they can help to reduce bills for consumers in the long term. It is vital that we get the changes in place as there is potential for a smarter system to save consumers billions between now and 2050.

The plan will also make it easier for new businesses to help customers that are interested in reducing, or increasing, their energy use at certain times, which can help balance the calls on the electricity network.

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the government has committed to modernising the UK’s energy system and developing a business environment where new entrants to the market can compete. This will also allow industry to develop innovative new products and services, creating thousands of jobs.

Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission Lord Adonis said:

Upgrading our energy systems is vital if we are to have clean, affordable and secure supply for the long-term and meet our targets for reducing carbon emissions.

This plan is a clear step forward, and was one of the 12 key infrastructure decisions we said needed to be made as a matter of urgency. I’m particularly pleased that many of the 29 points listed today directly follow recommendations in our Smart Power report.

Our study demonstrated the revolution our energy sector is going through, and the real benefits we can get from that in terms of greater efficiency, flexibility and value for money for customers. The measures announced today will lead to exciting innovations in the industry to help make that happen.

The full implementation of the plan to move to a smarter energy system alongside other changes could help save the country up to £40 billion over the coming decades, according to research conducted for BEIS by Imperial College and the Carbon Trust..

Case study

British company Moixa offers residential battery systems which can help manage energy demands across the electricity network, make better use of energy generated by rooftop solar panels, and enable suppliers to reward consumers who charge their batteries during periods of low demand, when prices are lower. These systems have been deployed in nearly 1,000 homes across the UK, and Moixa calculate that they could help consumers save up to 60% on their electricity bills.

Simon Daniel, CEO of Moixa Energy Holdings said:

Moixa welcomes this plan which recognises the central importance of energy storage in upgrading the UK Energy System – and the potential to save £40 billion off future customer bills. The regulatory improvements proposed and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund will help storage providers like Moixa participate better in energy markets, and enable our Utility partners to deliver smart tariffs to customers. The actions will make the UK a global leader for new smart technologies and accelerate the transition to a cost-effective, resilient and low carbon energy system.

Wiring Matters Issue 66 – July 2017

Read the July 2017 edition of “Wiring Matters” online, take a look at the various topics covered in this months edition below.

Wiring Matters is published every month by the IET.

Electrical Apprentice Of The Year – George Maynard

George Maynard from Leicester has been crowned winner of the 2017 NICEIC and ELECSA Apprentice of the Year competition, sponsored by Scolmore Group.

The 25 year old was one of eight competitors to reach the Grand Final, which Scolmore was very proud to host at its headquarters on Tuesday 6th June.

George comments: “I was shocked when they called my name out. I thought all the lads in the final produced some great work and they were all top guys. I think getting to the final was a great achievement to be honest. It’s a lovely way to round off all the hard work I have put in over the last three years.”

The finalists were put through a gruelling day of challenges comprising nine separate tasks designed to assess their abilities across a range of disciplines including testing, fault finding, conduit bending, tray manufacturing and safe isolation. This year’s final challenge also included a virtual reality test followed by an interview with Certsure’s technical standards director, Alan Wells.

As well as hosting the grand finale of the competition at the company’s head office premises, Scolmore also organised the barbecue and awards ceremony at the nearby Belfry Hotel and provided a range of prizes for those apprentices who made it through to the final.

The winner, George, was presented with a holiday voucher worth £2,000, runner-up Michael Costello, 25 ,from Edinburgh received a holiday voucher worth £750, while third placed Billy Stapleton, 20, from Essex received a £250 holiday voucher. All eight finalists were given an engraved glass trophy, an iPad and a kit bag containing an array of Scolmore’s electrical accessories. Every college that entered 20 students or more for the competition received a Scolmore College Pack containing a variety of Scolmore products, while the college of the overall winner, Leicester College, will receive £1,000 worth of Scolmore products.

Story Via ECN

International Women In Engineering Day Conference

In October 2016, the IET launched its social media campaign #9PercentIsNotEnough to highlight the fact that currently only 9% of the UK’s engineering and technology workforce are female.

In June 2017 the #9PercentIsNotEnough Conference will provide a platform for sharing best practice on how to inspire, attract, recruit and retain women into the engineering and technology sectors.

Timed to coincide with the International Women In Engineering Day, this one-day business conference will showcase real, practical solutions to the challenges we all know about – plus networking during the day and in the evening drinks reception.

This conference is aimed at anyone within an organisation, who is responsible for the recruitment, retention and development of women in STEM.

Featured Speakers – International Women In Engineering Day

  • Mark Elborne, President & CEO, GE UK & Ireland
  • Jeremy Watson, President, The IET
  • Nadia Savage, Director, Laing O’Rourke
  • Amanda Murphy, Senior Future Talent Acquisition Consultant, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Julie Holyland, Learning and Talent Development Lead, Siemens
  • Clare Wildfire, Chair, Advance Network and Global Practice Lead for Cities, Mott MacDonald
  • Eva Fryc, Employer Support Manager – Midlands, EngineeringUK
  • Rebecca Hourston, Managing Director and Head of Coaching Programme, Talking Talent
  • Dawn Elson, Group Engineering Director, Merlin Entertainments
  • Marguerite Ulrich, Chief HR Officer, Veolia UK and Ireland
  • Nike Folayan, Chairperson, Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
  • Dawn Bonfield, Director, Towards Vision
  • Peter Flint, Chief Executive, Building + Places EMIA, AECOM

Click here for more information.