Council led energy efficiency

The Sunday Herald has highlighted a local authority initiative in Glenrothes that is being hailed as a breakthrough in the quest for a “smart grid” that will reduce network losses of electricity, saving millions of pounds for consumers. Network waste is estimated by DECC at £3 billion a year in the UK, mainly through “copper losses” (heat in the cable), and theft.

The Glenrothes pilot project, part of Fife Council’s Light Fife Green initiative to cut spending and carbon emissions on street lighting, has been a test bed for power line carrier (PLC) technology which transmits data along electricity lines. The pilot uses two-way communications between pillars and substations to measure the energy saved by dimming the lights, giving a detailed picture of how much power is being used.

On the theme of energy efficiency the Royal Bank of Scotland’s corporate and institutional banking arm is today launching a £200 million fund to help businesses invest in new technology to reduce energy costs. ROYAL Bank of Scotland’s corporate and institutional banking arm is today launching a £200 million fund to help businesses invest in new technology to reduce energy costs.

The Carbon Reduction Fund is being targeted at firms with turnover of more than £25 million. The aim is to finance sustainable energy projects, such as fitting buildings with more efficient lighting, providing on-site wind power or installing more environmentally friendly heating options, such as ground source heat pumps.

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