A talented line-up of expert speakers joined TEAM at their Energy Management Conference to talk about the challenges of a Changing Energy Landscape.
On 20 November, TEAM Energy hosted their annual conference with a theme of the Changing Energy Landscape. Speakers from industry-leading organisations shared their insights on the changing landscape and gave information about how evolving technologies can play a positive role.
TEAM’s CEO, Simon Miles, set the scene and National Grid’s Power Responsive Manager, Rhiannon Marsh, talked further about managing demand with available energy sources with their Reforming Balancing Service. Sagnik Murthy from ABB took the conversation onto ideas around energy resilience and the opportunities for generation, solar power and battery storage. KiWi Power’s Growth Strategy and Innovations Champion, Richard Hardy, challenged Business Secretary Greg Clark’s notion that the Energy Trilemma is over. He went on to highlight the benefits of Demand Side Response and how it is an environmentally friendly and cost-effective method of stabilising the National Grid.
Tradition Energy took the agenda to a slightly less bright horizon. Craig Mackellar revealed the extent to which wholesale energy prices are rising. He reflected that the 70% loss of UK gas storage has put huge pressure on prices in a market that is made up of one third gas generation. Price volatility is a result of unpredictable wind power and inconsistent storage. He emphasised the need to be interconnected with Europe and hoped that we wouldn’t have a cold January.
Shawn Deegan from Yellowfin went on to inspire the delegates about how data can help energy management and efficiency in organisations. Yellowfin, TEAM’s software partner, worked with TEAM to create an Energy Intelligence module for TEAM’s Sigma software.
Shawn Deegan said:
“We don’t all see the same pattern in data. Energy Managers have a broad role in organisations - Sigma Energy Intelligence can provide analytics across numerous datasets, help with data storytelling and add context to all of the information that is found in the data”
One of the regulatory issues facing the industry was addresses by Gary Shanahan from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). He gave a detailed overview of the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting Strategy. He then went on to address some broader issues in a roundtable discussion. These included the financial qualifications in parallel to ESOS, the future of RHI, how SMEs will be involved, and minimum building ratings in new developments.
Later in the day, Verdantix analyst Susan Clarke presented smart building innovation and gave 3 key ideas to make buildings smart. Firstly, boost operational insights from existing data; secondly, utilise IoT through facility sensors; and finally, tap into emerging cost-free solutions.
We heard from TEAM’s customers too. Kamar Zaman and Shaun Spencer talked about a shared service approach to energy management at the London Borough of Haringey and Hackney. Simon Chubb, Environmental Manager at Anglia Ruskin University, demonstrated his approach to cost-effective carbon saving and achieving the public sector emissions reduction pledge by 2020.
TEAM’s Service Delivery Director rounded off the day with a summary of changes to the organisation since the takeover, just over a year ago. He also presented a comprehensive 12-month roadmap for TEAM to drive operational efficiency with industry standard processes, and boost data quality with automation, for TEAM’s Bureau service.
Graham Paul, Service Delivery Director said:
“The bureau service recently recovered eight times more in savings than the cost of the service to one of our customers in one single month. This has been the highest cost savings ratio we’ve ever seen. This has been driven by our improved processes around quality data and knowledge. By evolving the service with our 2019 roadmap, we will continue to increase utility bill recovery success rates for all of our customers.”
Another area for TEAM’s focus for 2019 is the continued development of the flagship Sigma software. There will be enhancements to the Sigma EI module which will give customers endless data driven opportunities. There will be data integration and importing enhancements, budgeting improvements and the launch of a tenant billing application.
“To complement our software and outsourcing services, we have a pool of talented energy consultants. They offer a range of services like DECs, EPCs, Energy Audits, ESOS reporting and RHI, and more. Over the next 12 months we will be raising the profile of this service and growing the consultancy business”
This event has been running for 30 years, but this year, TEAM wanted to take delegates on a journey of enlightenment around the changing energy landscape. It was the first time that a range of industry experts shared the stage and presented forward thinking ideas and technologies. This sets a precedent for TEAM who are committed to ensuring their products and services are not only relevant to the needs of their customers, but also are compatible in the ever-evolving energy sector.
Peter McCourt, Group Energy and Environmental Manager at DW Fitness First
“The event was thoroughly Insightful, informative and highly engaging”
Lauren Nazarko, Energy Bureau Analyst at Land Securities Group PLC
“I really enjoyed the presentation from ABB on battery storage”
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