Sustainability LIVE, 1-3 April, NEC Birmingham

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Sustainability LIVE, 1 -3 April, NEC Birmingham

Come visit Wind Turbine Experts, ICE Renewables on Stand K20

www.invite-suslive.com/icerenewables

ICE Renewables have worked with the business sector since its inception in 2006 from wind monitoring to feasibility studies with the likes of M&S, Kodak, Alliance Boots, Yearsley Group, 3663, Moto, Cumbrian Sea Foods, Peel Holdings and Outo Kumpu, Yearsley Group

Julian Martin, ICE Renewables, CEO, Chair of Renewable UKs Small and Medium Wind Strategy Group will be taking part in the Energy Efficiency Technology Pitch at Sustainability LIVE examining

Why wind turbines are an efficient way to keep business competitive.

April 1, Key Note Stage 11:40 – 12:20 Energy Efficiency Technology Pitch – Chaired by Martin Fry, President, ESTA – Hear four innovative organisations pitch their latest game changing technologies in a quick fire format session

Julian is a former KPMG consultant, with 28 years’ experience in business logistics and procurement, Julian Martin says,

“Now more than ever businesses are turning to renewables to help them gain a competitive advantage by lowering their energy bills and carbon emissions.”

Even with the changes to the FIT rate which are still the best in Europe, we are increasingly working with businesses who now see the dangers of a volatile energy market is having  on their business growth and success and are seeking ways to ensure security of supply.

Decentralised power is set to increase to 14% of the UKs energy generating capacity by 2030, an increase of 130%, saving business £33Billion with decentralised wind turbine installations making a sizeable contribution to this.

With energy prices set to rise, high energy consuming commercial business and land owners are looking to decentralise energy because it provides lower energy cost at more stable prices, adding to businesses energy security, has zero emissions and is a much more efficient means of making energy because there is no energy transmission loss.  We have carefully built a wind turbine portfolio with the commercial sector in mind ensuring that businesses get excellent returns on investments to suit their business, their sites and their energy requirements.

ICE Renewables also offer a complete wind solution from feasibility, through planning, build and operations and maintenance so businesses can ask us to manage their projects and they can get on with running their business.

Come speak to us about your wind project

Business are turning to renewables to survive expert tells Sustainability LIVE

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A shift in attitudes to the procurement of energy at board level is needed if businesses want to benefit from investment in green energy to help them gain advantage over their competitors, Renewables Business Expert tells Sustainability LIVE.

A former KPMG consultant, with 28 years’ experience in business logistics and procurement, Julian Martin says, “Now more than ever businesses are turning to renewables to help them gain a competitive advantage by lowering their energy bills and carbon emissions.  Energy intensive industry bills can make up 40 per cent of their costs and for many being able to reduce their energy bills will give them the competitive advantage they need to survive.”

Julian, co founder of ICE Renewables goes on to explain, “ICE Renewables was set up in 2006 to provide support and advice to the corporate sector.  This was before Feed in Tariff and Carbon Price Support initiatives and it was mainly the big retailers and big corporates who had the capital to invest in renewables initiatives.  Many commercial businesses were left behind when the FIT was first introduced in April 2010 with landowners and farmers taking advantage of the first phase of this multi million pound Government backed green investment.”

“However, even with the changes to the FIT rate which are still the best in Europe, we are increasingly working with businesses who now see the dangers of a volatile energy market is having  on their business growth and success and are seeking ways to ensure security of supply.  Renewable projects do compete with other capital investment projects but the biggest change needs to be a shift in attitudes at board level where energy should not be seen as a procurement issue but as part of a wider energy strategy that could include renewable projects and could give a business the competitive advantage it needs to survive and flourish.”

Despite the Government’s recent Budget announcement to freeze the tax on carbon emissions created by fossil fuels, decentralised energy (on site energy generation) will make a valuable contribution to helping hit the target of 80% carbon reduction to 1990 levels by 2050.  Decentralised power is set to increase to 14% of the UKs energy generating capacity by 2030, an increase of 130%, saving business £33Billion with decentralised wind turbine installations making a sizeable contribution to this.

Julian goes on to say “With energy prices set to rise, high energy consuming commercial business and land owners are looking to decentralise energy because it provides lower energy cost at more stable prices, adding to businesses energy security, has zero emissions and is a much more efficient means of making energy because there is no energy transmission loss.  We have carefully built a wind turbine portfolio with the commercial sector in mind ensuring that businesses get excellent returns on investments to suit their business, their sites and their energy requirements.  ICE Renewables also offer a complete wind solution from feasibility, through planning, build and operations and maintenance so businesses can ask us to manage their projects and they can get on with running their business.”

Julian Martin, ICE Renewables, CEO, Chair of Renewable UKs Small and Medium Wind Strategy Group will be taking part in the Energy Efficiency Technology Pitch  at Sustainability LIVE examining why wind turbines are an efficient way to keep business competitive.

April 1, Keynote Stage 11:40 – 12:20 Energy Efficiency Technology Pitch – Chaired by Martin Fry, President, ESTA – Hear four innovative organisations pitch their latest game changing technologies in a quick fire format session

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Julian Martin Chairs Renewable UKs Small and Medium Wind Strategy Group tasked with setting standards for wind turbine installations and is a member of MCS Medium Wind Working Group and formally a KPMG consultant advising on business supply chain and procurement.

ICE Renewables have worked with the business sector since its inception in 2006 from wind monitoring to feasibility studies with the likes of M&S, Kodak, Alliance Boots, Yearsley Group, 3663, Moto, Cumbrian Sea Foods, Peel Holdings and Outo Kumpu etc.

ICE Renewables has      installed nearly 4MW of wind turbines across the UK since 2012.  It has recently expanded its services      into Operations and Maintenance to service its installations and other      wind turbines.  The company caters      to the turbines needs by offering a complete wind solution from sales, planning,      technical services, design and build and operations and maintenance for      turbines from 50kW to 2.6MW. www.icerenewables.com

For further information contact Emily.martin@icerenewables.com

Or phone 01609 749103

 

ICE calls on Government not to destroy investment for farm sized wind

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Big 60000 RSWind turbine specialist, ICE Renewables, joins calls for Government to back the Big 60,000 by not destroying investment in farm sized wind                                 

“The Government is planning to reduce the feed in tariff payments for small and medium wind power and while it is right that support is scaled back once the market has been stimulated, to do so now, so hard and so fast would be utter madness” says Julian Martin, CEO of wind turbine specialist company, ICE Renewables.   Renewable UK, the UKs leading renewable energy trade association say it will have a devastating impact on the industry and make it harder for farmers, communities and businesses to take advantage of installing this form of renewable power.

Windpower has become a lifeline for farmers looking to reduce their rising energy cost, meet consumer demands to reduce their carbon output and provide an extra source of income to support the future of their farms.

Julian Martin goes on to say, “As a business we have seen an increase of over 300% in the interest from farming, rural business and communities in the last two years and we have installed nearly 4MW of wind turbine installations across the UK.  Despite the Government’s confirmation that the Feed in Tariff for wind would be cut by 20% on the 1st of April 2014, just under half of farmers said that tackling rising energy costs was a key priority for 2014, with 60% of farms planning to do so in the coming year.  Reducing the investment now will act as a disincentive, jeopardising a young industry and make it much harder for farmers, communities and businesses to generate their own electricity.”

Farmer, Richard Symes from  Suffolk, was granted permission to construct a medium sized wind turbine to support his 390 acre farm which is mainly a mix of arable crops, horses and woodland.

The turbine makes the most of the wind speeds at the site and generates electricity for the farm’s needs. The turbine produces approximately 588, 000kW per year and it is estimated it will earn £3.5 million over its 20 year life.

Richard was introduced to wind energy when he saw his first working wind turbine in 1985 in Denmark, “I have read a lot of scientific information about climate change and appreciate that we should all be doing far more to reduce are carbon footprint. This turbine will just about offset all my carbon emissions, so I will be net carbon-zero and it will help the country’s energy security”, states Richard.

“Green energy is profitable now, perhaps more so than growing food”.  He goes on to state that, “Heat your house and dry your grain with biomass, digest your waste, and harvest all the sun and wind you can. Farmers can now harvest vast amounts of their own energy.”

Small and medium wind turbines are currently playing a major role in revitalising the rural economy and ICE Renewables urge Greg Barker to review the Government’s  proposed changes to the feed-in-tariff and back the farmers, like Richard, who are one of the Big 60,000 who are generating their own energy.

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Further Information

  1. The Big 60,000 campaign is      a UK campaign to demonstrate the contribution of small and medium wind to      farms, small businesses and communities who are generating their own      energy. The campaign warns that if the government reduces the      feed-in-tariff it will drastically undermine the small and medium wind      industry in the UK
  2. The Small and Medium wind      industry is now worth over £100 million to the British economy – the      market almost doubled in size over 2012. There are over 23,500 small and      medium wind turbines installed in the UK, of which 64% are on farms and      almost 25,000 turbines exported by UK manufacturers.
  3. For more information about      farmer take up of renewables please see :      http://www.fwi.co.uk/landing-page/farmenergy/farm-power/
  4. Action for Renewables is a      UK-wide campaign for renewable energy. Our vision is of a future Britain      powered in large part from clean, green and secure renewable energy sources,      doing its part to combat dangerous climate change. We help ordinary      people, environmental campaigners and the industry to stand up for clean      sustainable energy.
    www.actionforrenewables.org
  5. RenewableUK is the UK’s      leading renewable energy trade association, specialising in onshore wind,      offshore wind and wave & tidal energy. Formed in 1978, we have an      established, large corporate membership ranging from small independent      companies, to large international corporations and manufacturers. Acting      as a central point of information and a united, representative voice for      our membership, we conduct research; find solutions; organise events,      facilitate business development, and promote wind and marine renewables to      government, industry, the media and the public. Our vision is for      renewable energy to play a leading role in powering the UK
    www.renewableUK.com

ICE secure UK Sales Partnership with representive of German designed PowerWind turbines.

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Medium and Megawatt wind turbine specialist, ICE Renewables, based in Yorkshire, have just signed up its second wind turbine manufacturer in a month, this time with PowerWind’s USA and European broker to become Sales Partner for the UK market.

ICE Renewables become the first Sales Partner in the UK for the German engineered PowerWind wind turbine. In a deal set to take advantage of the popular and growing 500KW wind turbine market ICE already have customers with consented sites and in planning for this solid, reliable high-tech and high yielding wind turbine.

“The recent removal of contract restrictions on our turbine portfolio has meant that we are delighted to announce the addition of the PowerWind 500kW onto our books. It is proving a very popular machine because it has the highest energy yield (up to 3% more) of all the other comparable wind turbines in the same class, due to its large rotor diameter. This genuine 500kW turbine has a full converter concept making it easier to integrate into most grid connections and a small nacelle which fits into a normal 40 feet container for an easy transport to nearly all sites,” says Julian Martin, ICE Renewables, CEO. He goes on to explain, “It isn’t just about the power output and wind speed but also blade length and the PowerWind has the largest swept area with 2464m2. Anyone going into planning with a similar turbine needs to speak to us about this quality German engineered machine. Developed in 2007, this turbine has been sold all over the world with over 80 units sold across Europe and 600MW going up in India alone over the next year indicating the strength of the turbines performance and the PowerWind business.”

Marilyn Heib, PowerWinds** representative Head of Sales Europe/ USA and Sales Manager UK adds, “We have been talking to ICE Renewables for some time and are delighted that they are now in a position to become our Sales Partner in the UK.  They are a well-respected professional company with great credentials in the UK. They understand the sector and customers’ needs and can offer great support and services for anyone looking to install a wind turbine.   We wanted to choose a partner who could offer a complete wind turbine package of support for customers and ICE has proven themselves to be proactive and successful at what they do.”

Both companies followed the signature of their contract with an ICE Renewables/PowerWind Open Day at the AMRC with Boeing site in Rotherham. The event was sold out, showing the strength of interest in the PowerWind product and 500kW wind turbines. Further Open Days are planned for 2014. The next Open Day will be in Ebbw Vale, Wales on Thursday 6th of March 2014.

2014 will be a strong year for wind despite FIT cut

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Despite the Government’s confirmation of the much anticipated news that the Feed in Tariff for wind would be cut by 20% on 1 April 2014, Julian Martin, founder and ceo of ICE Renewables, tells Renewable Energy Installer that 2014 will be a strong year for the wind industry.

Windflow prototype - cloudsAccording to recent studies by Farmers Weekly and EoN, just under half of farmers said that tackling rising energy costs was a key priority for 2014, with 60% of farms planning to do so in the coming year.  However, farmers reported they felt that managing energy use was complex, feed in tariff structures for renewables were complicated, tackling energy use was too time consuming.

With wind turbines seen as the most profitable renewables investment, I highlighted what the barriers were and how to overcome them at the Farm Business Innovation Show at London Olympia in November.

Some barriers to entering the market are real but some are in fact only perceived barriers. There are obvious site constraints such as proximity to airports and neighbours and ecological barriers..

Technical barriers can include wind speed and turbulence, grid and capacity, installation constraints and the need to have a good operations and maintenance strategy.

However the sector is increasingly finding that one of the main barriers concerns delays in the planning and appeals process.  65% of wind projects are still getting through planning (eventually), but the time delays and difficulty in accurately predicting the success of a planning submission is putting customers off even entering the process, where planning costs for medium-sized wind projects can be in the region of £25,000.

Increasingly, turbine owners also are worried about not upsetting their neighbours.  Interestingly, in reality, research show that 7 in 10 people would welcome a wind turbine near them.   This support is consistent across age groups, voting intentions and regions of the country and our experience is that the earlier neighbours are consulted, the more likely it is that they will support the project – or not have an opinion.  Renewable UK’s campaigns like “Stand up for Wind, know the facts” provide simple tools to help remove the myths surrounding wind and provide an excellent education resource.

What about the Feed in Tariff?

Companies such as ICE Renewables have experienced a strong surge in pre-accredited FIT wind turbine projects adding to a strong pipeline for 2014.

However, in April 2014 the sector will see a 20% cut in the FIT, but wind turbines will still remain the most profitable renewable technology and the FIT is still likely to be one of the highest rates across Europe.

The industry is continuing to work on reducing total installed project costs, effectively tracking the cuts to the FIT. At ICE we have done this through continued process improvement. We remain committed to offering competitive Power Purchase Agreements via our partners and value for money products and services for new and existing customers..

A good Operations and Maintenance strategy is increasingly a priority for manufacturers, developers and customers as it can extend the lifetime of your turbine, reducing costs and increasing availability. Nightmare stories of customers being left with turbines not working, no proper operations and maintenance contracts, a lack of turbine parts, installers who have walked away are real issues facing the industry.

The industry trade body, Renewable UK, has set out to improve medium wind standards and the small medium wind strategy group chaired by ICE Renewables has been tasked with developing these standards.  There will be a national MCS approved medium wind standard in 2014 and an international IEC medium wind standard later in the year which will cover turbine design, site assessment, installation and operations and maintenance across the whole of the medium wind sector.

So overall there is a lot of opportunity for farmers, developers and businesses to take advantage of wind energy in 2014, despite the change to the FIT.  Improved processes and standards will also help drive industry improvements, which will only be to the advantage of the customer.

I will be speaking at different conferences throughout 2014 including Energy Now in February, Sustainability LIVE and Renewable Energy Market Place in April about the role decentralised energy can make in helping farmers and the corporate sector maintain it competitive advantage.