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UK businesses making energy-efficiency improvements at record rate

British companies are rolling out energy-efficiency schemes at the fastest rate ever, according to a study carried out by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and the Energy Efficiency Verification Specialists) EEVS.

The report, which surveyed 67 UK energy managers and other senior figures, found that more than 80 per cent of respondents had approved new efficiency programmes in the third quarter of 2015 – the highest recorded figures since the survey was launched in 2012.

Lighting and boiler controls were the most common installations in Q3 2015, with both up on the four-quarter average. However, the proportion of those authorising electric motor and variable-speed drive installations stood at just 10 per cent - almost half the 4Q average.

The lack of motor and drive installations is surprising when you consider that motors account for around two thirds of industrial electricity demand and that combining them with VSDs can reduce energy consumption by as much as 60 per cent.

In many applications, the cost of ordering and installing a variable-speed drive can be offset by energy savings within 12 months, while energy managers should already be considering upgrading their electric motors in order to comply with the next phase of the EU MEPS efficiency legislation. This takes effect in January 2017 and states that motors with an output of 0.75 – 375 kW must be rated at IE3 efficiency or IE2 if combined with a variable-speed drive.

To discuss your energy-efficiency requirements, look no further than Gibbons. As a founder member of the Authorized Value Provider (AVP) network, we’re exclusively approved to supply, install and offer a multitude of services for ABB drives. So for expert assistance, give Alan Roberts a call on 07966 468430 or email

Variable-Speed Drives, Electric Motors

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