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Schneider Electric Positions EcoStruxure As The Backbone Of A Smart Building Strategy

Schneider Electric has positioned its EcoStruxure platform to provide a solution to a variety of challenges. To better understand the market implications of the EcoStruxure solutions, Verdantix spoke with Robert Hemmerdinger, Director Business Development at Schneider Electric. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 March 2017

10 Predictions For Real Estate, Energy And Facilities Information Management In 2017

This report explores the key trends that will impact the real estate, energy and facilities information management (REEFIM) market in 2017. The scope covers a range of software categories that come together when managing real estate, such as integrated workplace management systems, computerised maintenance and management systems and energy management software. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 22 December 2016

Is Demand-Side Energy Management Ready For The Internet of Things?

While the potential for IoT in energy and facility management is promising, the market is still developing and adoption rates vary widely. This report combines analysis of data from Verdantix annual surveys of 250 energy and facility managers with on-going Verdantix research, to help senior executives in energy and facility management software firms review their product strategies to drive adoption of IoT building solutions. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 22 December 2016

Businesses Powering On With Decentralized Energy Vision

This report provides energy service providers, power generation specialists and facilities management firms with an up-to-date view of corporate deployment across 10 types of technology, globally, in 2016. Leveraging our 2016 global survey data that is based on interviews with 250 energy managers at $250 million-plus revenue firms, we provide an analysis on both the types of technology being deployed and the scale of investments. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 05 October 2016

Brexit: Fear For The Economy First – Changes To Energy And EH&S Markets Will Come Later

The UK referendum on June 23rd regarding the UK’s decision to stay or leave the European Union, commonly known as Brexit, resulted in a 52% majority for leaving. In this report Verdantix asks what this means for the energy and environmental markets. The analysis finds that over the short term the economic impact is the tangible threat, with indecision and uncertainty weighing down on capital spend which will slow the launch of new energy generation projects and the environmental services market. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 21 July 2016

Green Quadrant® UK Energy Services

This report provides individuals responsible for selecting, implementing and managing energy projects from energy procurement through to project implementation with a detailed benchmark of 18 providers of energy services for the private and public sector in the UK. Based on the proprietary Verdantix Green Quadrant methodology, the analysis combines benchmark data from supplier interviews, responses to an 86-point questionnaire and a survey with a panel of 15 budget holders for energy services. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 09 May 2016

What’s Next For The UK CHP Market?

The combined heat and power (CHP) market is mature in the UK – with over 2,000 schemes in operation according to Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) data. This report provides an overview of the projected evolution of the UK CHP market in the next three years for multiple market participants, including CHP specialists, energy service providers, power utilities and facilities management firms. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 10 February 2016

UK Energy Performance Contracting Market Deal Tracker 2015

This report provides an independent view of the different deal types that are being publicly announced in the UK energy services market in 2015. This report will help firms identify the pockets of growth and plan for the future. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 23 December 2015

What’s Behind The Trend Of Energy Centres?

This report clarifies the concept of energy centres for multiple market participants, including energy service providers, CHP specialists, power utilities, facilities management firms, as well as on-site energy managers. The analysis finds that the full optimization of energy centres requires multiple levels of systems thinking, integrated procurement across electricity and gas, and the development of partnership networks including CHP specialists and energy services firms. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 15 December 2015

Softening UK Policies Hit Renewables And Residential Energy Services

The UK Government unveiled a raft of changes across renewables incentives and energy efficiency policies, as part of a broader programme to reduce public spending by £13 billion ($20 billion) and contain spending on renewables subsidies. Our analysis finds that these announcements will have an immediate impact on generators of incentive-fuelled renewables and providers of residential energy services as the business case gets dampened down. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 August 2015

Global Energy Leaders Survey 2015: Data Tables

The Verdantix Global Energy Leaders Survey 2015: Data Tables provides a global benchmark of energy management priorities, budgets and governance based on interviews with 285 heads of energy in firms with revenues of at least $250 million. This global energy survey provides hard data against which energy leaders can benchmark their spending plans and priorities for 2016. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 21 August 2015

Global Energy Leaders Survey 2015: Budgets and Priorities

This report provides a global benchmark of energy management priorities, budgets and governance based on interviews with 285 decision-makers positioned at an executive level; its findings will help shape corporate decisions on energy and energy management. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 07 July 2015

Most Exciting Energy Management Companies to Watch in 2015

This report helps investors, and Heads of Strategy and Product Development within energy services firms to understand highly interesting or fast growing firms in the UK energy management market, and the specific points that make them stand out. The analysis finds that certain firms are pioneering services and technologies to open up the small and medium business market. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 06 July 2015

US Power Utility IT Services: Market Forecast 2015-2020

Verdantix forecasts that US electric power utility spending on IT services for the management of energy generation assets, grid operations and customer services will grow from $952 million in 2015 to $1,051 million in 2020. During the forecast period there will shifting of budgets as smart meter deployments wind down, there is greater integration of IT and operational technologies and the impact of decentralized generation takes off. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 June 2015

C3 Energy Gains Ground In Customer Engagement And Grid Analytics

This report provides Chief Information Officers, Grid Directors and VPs of Customer Services at power utilities with an independent analysis of C3 Energy’s suite of analytics applications. Now a six-year-old company, C3 Energy is building up a track record with power utilities, and in 2014 it expanded its client list to include large utilities in the US, Canada and Europe. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 March 2015

Green Quadrant Power Utility IT Services (North America)

This report provides a detailed fact-based comparison of 10 of the largest providers of IT services for electric power utilities in North America. Based on the proprietary Verdantix Green Quadrant methodology, the analysis combines benchmark data from supplier interviews, responses to a 78-point questionnaire and interviews with a panel of 14 budget holders in the power utility sector. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 23 February 2015

Hawaii Provides A Vision Of The Future For Utilities Elsewhere

This report provides utility executives with an overview of Hawaii’s evolving energy landscape and the strategies being pursued by Hawaiian utilities as they are forced to transition their business models in a short timescale. To better understand market dynamics and utility strategies, Verdantix interviewed market participants from the power utility, energy efficiency and technology services sectors. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 05 January 2015

EPA Clean Power Plan Sets State Emission Reduction Targets

This report provides an independent analysis of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan proposal, released on June 2, 2014. The new rule aims to reduce CO2 emissions from the US electric power sector by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030 through emission reduction guidelines. The proposed rule will cover roughly 3,000 electricity generating units at 1,000 power plants across the US. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 12 June 2014

On-Site Renewable Energy: Business Benefits and Technology Selection (Webinar)

In recent years climate change resiliency and energy vulnerability has been driving corporate demand for renewable energy worldwide. Heads of Energy and Environment, CSOs, CFOs or any decision-maker involved in energy procurement and meeting environmental goals should join this webinar to hear about the renewable energy technologies characterizing the landscape today and the future companies and solutions with high potential to shape future power generation. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 06 February 2014

Ten Predictions For Energy Management In 2014

This report explores the key energy management trends that will impact corporates and utilities in 2014. It builds on years of detailed Verdantix research into energy technologies, energy services and power utilities, including interviews we conducted with 500 energy managers in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 Verdantix predicts building energy management will explode in Japan, and legislative changes will kick-start demand response in Europe. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 January 2014

Energy Profile: Australia 2013–2016

The Verdantix Energy Profile of Australia provides corporate energy leaders, strategy leaders and CFOs with an analysis of Australia’s evolving energy landscape. This report forms part of a series of profiles that analyse the energy futures in countries across the globe. To better understand Australia’s energy landscape we assessed change drivers such as energy balance, power generation mix, energy prices, energy legislation, and government targets and incentives. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 09 January 2014

Total Portfolio: On-Site Renewable Energy Technologies

The Total Portfolio analysis clarifies the sustainability benefits, business value and maturity of 26 on-site renewable energy generation technologies. Verdantix conducted a fact-based assessment of each solution’s maturity, investment case, future prospects and sustainability benefits. Executives and managers responsible for implementing on-site renewable energy programmes should use this structured assessment to prioritize spending decisions and shortlist suppliers. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 18 December 2013

The State Of Global Corporate Energy Management

This report provides a global benchmark of energy management priorities, budgets and governance based on interviews with 250 decision-makers positioned at an executive level; its findings will help shape corporate decisions on energy and energy management. The respondents represent 21 sectors and are located in 13 geographies, in firms with annual revenues of at least $250 million. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 August 2013

Global Energy Leaders Survey 2013: Data Tables

The Verdantix Global Energy Leaders Survey 2013: Data Tables provides a global benchmark of energy management priorities, budgets and governance based on interviews with 250 heads of energy in firms with revenues of at least $250 million. The respondents represent 20 industries and are located in 13 countries. This global energy survey provides hard data against which energy leaders can benchmark their spending plans and priorities for 2014. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 July 2013

Energy Profile: India 2012-2017

The Verdantix Energy Profile of India (2012-2017) provides corporate energy leaders, strategy leaders and CFOs with an analysis of India’s evolving energy landscape. This report forms part of a series of country profiles that analyse the energy futures in territories across the globe. To better understand India’s energy landscape we assessed change drivers such as the energy balance, power generation mix, energy prices, energy legislation, government targets and incentives. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 03 July 2013

US Energy Management Spend 2012-2017

This report provides energy leaders in market-facing and corporate executive roles with an independent analysis of the size and growth of the US market for energy management between 2012 and 2017. The report helps executives answer questions such as: What are the investment levels across equipment, consulting, implementation and services? Which markets are growing or declining? How will investment levels vary by industry? View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 24 June 2013

How To Succeed As An Energy Services Provider (Webinar)

To succeed in the competitive energy sources and services market, both emerging players and established providers must continually evaluate their energy services capabilities. This webinar will reveal the Verdantix Energy Services Radar, a detailed assessment tool to help energy consultants, power utilities and technology providers measure their capabilities across a variety of energy domains and systems. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 11 April 2013

How To Deliver On-Site Renewables At Scale

This report provides energy decision-makers in roles such as Director of Energy and Facilities Manager with an independent analysis of the 20 largest on-site renewable programmes in the US – ranked by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Verdantix assessed these on-site renewables deployments to better understand trends in technology selection and energy services delivery partnership capabilities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 22 March 2013

Hot Topics In Energy Management (Webinar)

The global energy value chain is in the middle of a multi decade transformation. A shift from centralized to decentralized generation, supply security issues, major policy changes and higher prices impact plant managers, facilities directors, building information modellers, heads of energy services firms and most recently, CFOs. This webinar uses case study analysis and unique survey data to reveal the hot topics in energy management in 2013 View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 01 March 2013

The Future Of Smart Buildings (Webinar)

The automation of building operations, management and maintenance is defining the smart building market today. The growth in big data is enabling owners, occupiers and facilities managers to increase net operating income, reduce operational expenditure and fine tune their properties environmental sustainability performance. But how will the smart building market evolve and who is defining the future shape of the market? View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 15 February 2013

Sainsbury's Installs 100MW Of Renewable Heat

On July 19, 2012, E.ON announced that it was taking a role as a key partner in the delivery of a 100MW multi-site renewable heat contract with UK supermarket chain Sainsbury’s. This report provides Chief Sustainability Officers, Energy Directors, and Finance Directors with an understanding of E.ON’s approach to implementing this strategic energy management solution and the renewable heat technology that forms part of this contract. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 14 February 2013

Energy Profile: United Kingdom 2011-2015

The Verdantix Energy Profile of the United Kingdom (UK) provides organizations with an overview of the UK’s evolving energy landscape. This report will help inform the energy strategies of market participants including strategy leaders, heads of energy and CFOs. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 15 January 2013

Eight Predictions For Energy Management In 2013

Verdantix assessed competitive dynamics, innovation, corporate energy strategies and the regulatory environment to better understand key energy management trends over the next 12 months. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 10 January 2013

UK Energy Bill Set To Boost Corporate Energy Management

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. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 21 December 2012

Energy Management In Emerging Economies: Trends From The B.R.I.C.S And Mexico (Webinar)

Energy management has become a headline issue for firms operating in emerging markets. Firms across Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa and Mexico are spending an average of $5.5 million annually on energy management. But how is this money being spent and how will spending trends evolve over the next five years? View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 14 December 2012

Ecova And Aclara Help Utilities With Customer Engagement

In February 2012, Ecova and Aclara announced a new partnership, focusing on home energy management: Home Energy Plan. The plan joins the competitive home energy management market, a sector that is experiencing a greater integration of software to complement existing services. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 November 2012

Global Energy Leaders Survey 2012: Emerging Economies

The energy value chain is undergoing a multi-decade transformation, creating opportunities for a wide range of energy service firms, technology and software suppliers. Large firms operating in emerging economies are giving energy and energy management issues greater consideration. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 10 September 2012

On-Site Renewables Gain Global Momentum

The proliferation of decentralized energy generation, including on-site renewables, is contributing to a global change in energy management and the energy value chain. This report helps Business Development Directors, Chief Marketing Officers and strategy leaders that operate in the renewable technologies market to understand the extent to which businesses across 21 industries from 13 countries plan to invest in on-site renewable energy technologies in 2012. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 02 August 2012

Global Energy Leaders Survey 2012: Data Tables

The Verdantix Global Energy Leaders Survey 2012: Data Tables Excel file helps strategy leaders, chief marketing officers and business development directors that operate in the energy equipment, services and software markets to understand the energy management spending patterns of large corporations and the perceptions of their brand in the market. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 25 July 2012

US Sustainable Technology Services Spend 2011-2015

This report provides sustainability leaders in market-facing and corporate executive roles with an independent analysis of the size and direction of the US market for sustainable technology services spending from 2011 to 2015. Until recently, expenditure by most firms on technology services had focused on cost reduction projects such as improving the energy efficiency of facilities and data centres. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 22 June 2012

Webinar: The Future of Energy Management

The global energy value chain is at the start of a multi-decade transformation. Large energy users in the private and public sectors are responding to the impact of higher and more volatile energy prices, concerns about security of energy supply, new options for decentralized power generation, creative financing instruments for energy efficiency and the potential for innovation at scale through IT platforms. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 19 June 2012

Global Energy Leaders Survey 2012: Budgets And Priorities

Energy budgets for large firms increasingly contain a component for energy management. This report helps business development directors, chief marketing officers and strategy leaders that operate in the energy equipment, services and software markets to understand how businesses from all sectors around the world approach energy management. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 29 May 2012

Global Energy Leaders Survey 2012: Brands

The corporate energy management market opportunity attracts a wide range of suppliers – strategy and engineering consultants, technology services providers, automation and control suppliers, and energy management software suppliers. This report helps strategy leaders, chief marketing officers and business development directors that operate in the energy equipment, services and software markets to understand buyers’ perceptions of their brand and to benchmark themselves against competitors. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 29 May 2012

The Future Of Energy Management

The global energy value chain – from fuel inputs to end-user consumption – is undergoing a multi-decade transformation. A shift from centralized to decentralized generation, supply security issues, major policy changes and higher prices impacts market participants: plant managers, facilities directors, building information modellers, heads of energy services firms and most recently, CFOs. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 29 May 2012

How The Rise Of Energy Systems Integrators Will Enable Strategic Energy Management (Webinar)

Energy systems integrators – a new breed of energy services firm – will reshape the energy value chain as commercial, industrial and utility customers migrate from tactical management frameworks to more strategic approaches. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 25 May 2012

US Department Of Defense Deploys Energy Management At Scale

This report provides individuals such as CSOs and VPs of Environment with an independent analysis of the United States Department of Defense’s (DoD) sustainability strategy. As the US’s single largest consumer of energy, the DoD spent $15.4 billion on energy consumption in 2010 across both its operations and fixed installations, making energy its top priority within its sustainability strategy. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 08 May 2012

France Energy And Carbon Efficiency Spend 2010-2015

This report provides sustainability leaders in market-facing and corporate executive roles with an independent analysis of the size and growth of expenditure in the French market on energy and carbon efficiency initiatives between 2010 and 2015. Quantifying sustainable business spend is a challenge as sustainability budgets are often dispersed across many business functions and are embedded in business-as-usual activities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 04 April 2012

Webinar: The Future Of The Green Office

What will sustainable offices look like in five years time? Based on analysis of innovations across a building’s lifecycle, we share a realistic view of the building designs, process changes, materials and technologies that will form sustainable offices in 2017. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 02 April 2012

Marks & Spencer's New Store Cuts Carbon Emissions By 23%

Building stock is a key target for action as firms seek for ways to reduce their environmental impact. This report helps facilities managers, retail occupiers and property developers understand some of the emerging trends in sustainable retail management, occupation and development, taking UK food and clothing retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) as a case study. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 07 October 2011

Competitive Analysis Of Sustainable Power Utilities (UK) (Webinar)

Power utilities should be playing a key role in helping firms improve their sustainability performance, from ‘green energy’ contracts to advisory and technical services on energy management and renewable energy generation. But this is a radical shift in terms of utility business models, and the relationships they have with their clients. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 23 March 2011

UK Government Seeks To Fire Up Investment In Renewable Heat

On March 10, 2011 the UK government launched the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a scheme to incentivize the installation of renewable heat technologies in domestic and non-domestic sectors. From July 2011, the government will ring fence the installation of eight renewable heat technologies with investments of £860 million. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 18 March 2011

Green Investment Bank Supports Low-Carbon Growth

On October 20, 2010 the UK government announced the establishment of the Green Investment Bank to accelerate investment in clean energy and sustainable technologies. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 16 December 2010

Toolkit: Business Case For Solar PV (UK)

This toolkit contains the financial analysis for the business case for solar PV in the UK. Verdantix clients can download the Excel spreadsheet and change assumptions to calculate their own business case or to support clients’ decision making. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 25 November 2010

Business Case For Solar PV (UK)

This report helps decision makers to assess the financial and environmental business case of investing in solar photovoltaic (PV) electric generation in the UK. The Verdantix model captures the key cost and revenue components of a solar PV installation for seven different system sizes: 4, 10, 50, 100, 250, 500 and 1,000 kilowatt peak (kWp). View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 25 November 2010

Green Quadrant Carbon & Energy Management Software

The global market for carbon and energy software is intensely competitive — buyers choose from over 100 suppliers. To help buyers save time, save money and reduce risk in their selection process this Verdantix Green Quadrant report compares the 28 software applications that pre-qualify as a potential fit for $1 billion revenue firms. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 01 November 2010

Solar Or Wind? Comparing The Business Cases For On-Site Renewable Energy (Webinar)

Lower operating costs and the introduction of feed-in-tariffs in the UK are fostering interest in solar and wind energy, and investing in renewable energy can deliver carbon reduction and brand benefits for firms. This webinar explores the financial and environmental business cases for firms investing in on-site renewable power generation. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 01 November 2010

IBM Blends Smart IT With Sustainable Infrastructure

IBM has reframed its activities focused on energy efficiency, smart grid, electric vehicles and renewable energy in a new market strategy, announced in October 2010, that focuses on sustainable infrastructure. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 12 October 2010

Toolkit: Business Case For Wind (UK)

This toolkit contains the financial analysis for the business case for wind in the UK. Verdantix clients can download the Excel spreadsheet and change assumptions to calculate their own business case or to support clients’ decision making. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 July 2010

Business Case For Wind (UK)

A strong policy environment since the introduction of feed-in tariffs in the UK, lower operating costs, reduction in firm emissions and the strengthening of stakeholder relationships is fostering interest in investments in wind energy. This report helps decision makers involved in energy procurement and meeting environmental goals to assess the financial and environmental business case of investing in wind energy in the UK. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 July 2010

UK Feed-In Tariff Energizes Business Case

In April 2010, the UK government introduced feed-in tariffs (FITs) for small-scale low carbon electricity. FITs are payments to energy producers for every unit of renewable electricity they generate whether it is for direct use or to be sold to the grid. The rationale behind this policy is to increase the level of electricity from renewables in the UK, building towards a target of 30% by 2020. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 14 May 2010

Uncertain Subsidies Delay Drax Biomass Plans

Drax Group, the operator of Europe’s largest coal-fired power station and supplier of 7% of the UK’s electricity, has shelved plans to diversify its power generation business into biomass. The firm had planned to invest £2 billion to build three 300MW dedicated biomass generation facilities with a target operational date of 2014. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 02 March 2010

Smart Vendors: Biomass Supply Chain (UK)

Verdantix selected the biomass supply chain in the UK for a Smart Vendors report as resurgent oil prices and national renewable energy targets will see biomass become an increasingly important resource. This paper analyses the role of fourteen companies in the supply of biomass to three different UK market segments. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 November 2009

Riversimple Drives For Cost-Effective Hydrogen Car

Oil prices, taxes, pollution controls and climate change legislation will result in a long-term shift from petroleum fueled vehicles to cleantech alternatives powered by electricity, hydrogen and biofuels. To hear more about this emerging sector Verdantix attended the July 2009 launch of the hydrogen fueled car from start-up Riversimple. By integrating multiple proven cleantech vehicle innovations into the car’s design Riversimple intend to commercialise the car at a low price point. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 July 2009

Econcern Receivership Highlights Cleantech Risks

Econcern, a Netherlands headquartered energy and cleantech group with 1,000 employees, filed for the Dutch equivalent of receivership on May 26, 2009. The firm had plans for massive expansion through its five business units in consulting, renewable energy projects, small-scale solar power implementation, carbon projects and cleantech venture capital. The financial crisis wrecked the firm’s growth plans. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 14 June 2009

Investment Manager Survey: Renewables, Environment & Cleantech

This report provides insights into the future of investments in the renewables, environmental assets and cleantech (REC) sector. Based on interviews with 26 investment managers across the funding value chain and discussions with 7 industry experts the study concludes investors, funds and executives who successfully traverse the 2009 to 2010 funding gap will benefit from a positive investment environment from 2011. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 15 May 2009

UK Offshore Wind: Broken Economics?

This report helps individuals seeking to understand the future of the UK offshore wind market following announcements by oil majors, utilities and financial investors about problems with the economics of the sector. Offshore wind power generation is a crucial part of the UK government’s plan to generate 15 per cent of electricity from renewables by 2020. For European utilities with fossil fuel generating plants, climate change policy enhances the investment rationale for offshore wind. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 27 January 2009

Innovation: Drax Group's Big Biomass Strategy

Drax Group, the operator of Europe’s largest coal-fired power station, has diversified its power generation business into biomass. By mid-2010 the firm expects to have 500MW of co-fired coal/biomass generation capacity. The firm is investing £2 billion to build three 300MW dedicated biomass generation facilities with a target operational date of 2014. The carrots and sticks of climate change policy have driven the business logic behind the investment plans. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 25 January 2009