The Informer

Another domestic supplier ceases trading

Brilliant Energy Supply, an energy supplier with about 17,000 domestic customers, has ceased to trade.

Under Ofgem’s safety net, the energy supply of Brilliant Energy’s customers, including those supplied under a ‘white label’ arrangement with Northumbria Energy, will continue and the outstanding credit balances of domestic customers will be protected.

Ofgem will choose a new supplier to take on all of Brilliant Energy’s customers as quickly as possible. This supplier will contact these customers shortly after being appointed.

> See Ofgem's statement

Legal & General buys stake in EV charging firm

Insurance firm Legal & General has bought a 13% stake in electric vehicle charging machine operator Pod Point.

John Bromley, Head of Clean Energy for Legal & General’s Future Cities business, said: “With an increased number of electric vehicles expected on the road over the next 10-20 years, the availability of home, destination, workplace and public charging points will be vital to support this growth."

“Our investment in Pod Point provides clear synergies across Legal & General’s businesses, presenting opportunities to install Pod Point electric charging points across our real estate portfolio and in our new homes.”

> Read Legal & General's announcement


1GW virtual power plant launches

Norwegian power firm Statkraft has unveiled the UK’s first 1GW “virtual power plant”, which brings together renewables, battery storage and flexible gas generation.

Controlling the assets together will allow the company to respond better to market supply and demand, it said.

Statkraft – which operates a 12GW virtual power plant in Germany, the largest in Europe – wants to double the capacity of its UK plant by the summer.

> See Statkraft's statement


Renewables consultancy in Latin American deal

Natural Power is to inspect wind turbine blades throughout Latin America after the consultancy firm formed a strategic partnership with Uruguay-based Navitas Solutions.

Pieter D’haen, International Director at Natural Power, said: “This partnership provides clients with a unique service in Latin America that combines the extensive local knowledge of Navitas personnel with our state-of-the-art equipment, including our large fleet of drones, software automation, and expert analysis.”

The British company has already inspected more than 3,300 turbines in 14 countries.

> View Natural Power's announcement


Technology sector carbon emissions set to keep rising

The computer industry is contributing more to climate change than it’s helping to prevent it, according to a report by French think tank The Shift Project.

The group found that energy consumption in the information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is rising by 9% each year,but could be limited to 1.5% if better practices are followed.

The Shift Project said: “The energy intensity of the ICT sector is growing by 4% per year, in stark contrast to the trend of global GDP’s energy intensity evolution, which is declining by 1.8% per year."

“The explosion of video uses (Skype, streaming, etc) and the increased consumption of frequently renewed digital equipment are the main drivers of this inflation.”

> Read more here