E.ON UK: Media information – changes to media release subscription service

 E.ON UK has updated its primary media information page which will affect the way news releases are published.

All the latest news announcements and media notices can be accessed via the media centre on the E.ON UK website (https://www.eonenergy.com/about-eon/media-centre). 

Due to necessary changes to the subscription model, in order to continue to automatically receive E.ON's media releases, users must either:

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‘E.ON See’ launched to help customers gain greater visibility of their energy use, whenever and wherever they are

E.ON has today launched ‘E.ON See’ – a new app that will enable some customers with smart meters to view their electricity and gas use whenever and wherever they are through an easy to use smartphone app1.

 

E.ON See is being offered to some customers instead of a physical in-home smart energy display when they have a smart meter installed.

 

The app enables customers to gain greater clarity about their energy use through near-real time information about how much electricity and gas they’re using. This can be represented as pounds and pence, kilowatts, or as graphs that show usage over days, weeks and months.

 

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E.ON See also includes a traffic light system which allows customers to easily spot if their energy consumption is higher, lower or in line with usual use. In addition, customers can receive regular alerts to remind them to keep track of how much energy they’re using.

 

Chris Lovatt, Director of Residential Operations at E.ON, said: “We’ve installed more than three quarters of a million self-reading smart meters in our customers’ properties so far. The launch of E.ON See is our next step in helping our customers get more visibility of their energy use than ever before, whether they’re at home or not.

 

“Smart meters already offer a number of benefits for customers, such as helping bring an end to estimated bills. And through innovative solutions like E.ON See, we’re making it even easier for our customers to benefit from complete clarity about their energy habits by providing detailed, personalised insights through a convenient and easy to use app.”

 

E.ON See is being offered to more than 2,000 residential customers as part of its smart meter installations in the North East of England, Yorkshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. E.ON hopes to offer E.ON See to all its eligible residential customers in due course.

 

For more information about E.ON’s smart meter programme and to check if they’re able to have one installed, customers should visit eonenergy.com/smart

 

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Notes to editors


1. E.ON See can be downloaded onto multiple devices, meaning the whole household can engage with their energy use. The E.ON See app requires an operating system of at least iOS 8 for iPhone or Android 4.4 and a resolution greater than 320 x 568 pixels. Customers must also have a broadband connection compatible with Wi-Fi with a recommended minimum speed of 2Mb. Terms and conditions apply.

 

 

For more information contact:


Jag Bickham, 02476 181 308, jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

Roxanne Postle, 02476 195 785, roxanne.postle@eon-uk.com

 

 

 

 

 

The information (including any forecasts or projections) contained in this press release (the "Information") reflects the views and opinions of E.ON on the date of this press release.  The Information is intended as a guide only and nothing contained within this press release is to be taken, or relied upon, as advice.  E.ON makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Information (including, without limitation, any as to its quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose) and E.ON accepts no liability whatsoever for any action or omission taken by you in relation to the Information. Any reliance you place on the Information is solely at your own risk.  This press release is the property of E.ON and you may not copy, modify, publish, repost or distribute it. © E.ON 2017

 

Michael Lewis to succeed Tony Cocker at E.ON UK

Michael Lewis will be the new CEO of E.ON UK effective April 10. He will succeed Tony Cocker, who has decided to retire from E.ON to pursue a portfolio career at end of July 2017.

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Lewis has been CEO of E.ON Climate & Renewables since 2015. He joined E.ON in the United Kingdom in 1993 and has played an instrumental role in expanding E.ON's renewables business. Tony Cocker has worked for E.ON for over 20 years and has been the company's UK CEO since September 2011.

E.ON CEO Johannes Teyssen said: "I'd like to thank Tony Cocker for his outstanding contribution, not only to our UK business but also to our company as a whole. During his time leading our UK business, Tony helped make customer focus part of our DNA. The Management Board wishes Tony and his family all the best for the future."

Tony Cocker said: "Having spent five years in post I decided it was time to take on new challenges and I am personally delighted that Michael is to succeed me. I will, of course, miss my colleagues, as from the very first day I have witnessed firsthand the pride, determination and dedication our team put in to helping customers and striving to improve and innovate."

Karsten Wildberger, E.ON board member, said: "I'm delighted that Michael Lewis will be leading our business and team in the United Kingdom. His wealth of experience will help to continue to accelerate our company's transformation there."

Michael Lewis said: "I am delighted to be appointed to lead E.ON UK and I look forward to joining what I already know to be an excellent team. It is a fascinating time to take on this challenge and a real privilege to follow Tony, who has ensured E.ON UK is leading the change needed to ensure we live up to our purpose of improving peoples' lives."

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For more information contact:

Scott Somerville (07889 771 804)

 

 

 

The information (including any forecasts or projections) contained in this press release (the "Information") reflects the views and opinions of E.ON on the date of this press release.  The Information is intended as a guide only and nothing contained within this press release is to be taken, or relied upon, as advice.  E.ON makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Information (including, without limitation, any as to its quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose) and E.ON accepts no liability whatsoever for any action or omission taken by you in relation to the Information. Any reliance you place on the Information is solely at your own risk.  This press release is the property of E.ON and you may not copy, modify, publish, repost or distribute it. © E.ON 2017

First turbine installed at Rampion

This week marks the installation of the first of 116 wind turbines at the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, with the installations set to continue throughout 2017.

 

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The turbines are being installed by a jack up vessel, the MPI Discovery, which will transport the components for eight turbines in each trip from Esbjerg in Denmark to the Rampion site, off the Sussex coast. Weather dependent, each turbine will take around 24 hours to install from initial positioning at each turbine location and jacking of the vessel.

 

Carrying eight 80 metre towers, eight nacelles and 24 turbine blades, the vessel will install each turbine in turn. First each tower, weighing approximately 200 tonnes, is lifted, positioned and bolted onto each turbine foundation. Next the nacelle, which houses the generator and gearbox, is lifted and fitted onto the tower, and finally the three blades, each measuring 55m in length, are hoisted and connected one at a time. A second vessel, the MPI Adventure, will support the installation from June onwards.

 

Chris Tomlinson, Development and Stakeholder Manager for the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, said: “After seven years of planning, development and initial construction, we are especially proud to have reached this major milestone, which will see the Rampion project really begin to take shape.  The first turbine is a powerful symbol of the engineering achievement that Rampion and other offshore wind farms represent.

 

“Since we completed the foundation installation in November, our multi-skilled teams have continued to install the onshore and offshore electrical infrastructure, and have made final preparations for the turbine construction.  Over the coming months the 116 turbines will gradually be installed as we work towards the first generation of electricity later in the year.”

 

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During spring, offshore cabling work will continue. An elevated excavator will be working from Lancing Beach over an estimated eight week period, to backfill the cable duct trenches that were dug along the seabed last year, for the cable installation. The vehicle will work in calm conditions around the changing tide at a water depth of up to three meters. The offshore substation that transforms the electricity up to 150 kilovolts before transporting it to shore, is also due to be lifted into position on its foundation later in the spring.

 

Onshore construction of the Operations and Maintenance (O&M) base at Newhaven Port will commence in March.  The O&M base will include offices and warehousing and will employ up to 60 full time, permanent staff and store spare parts and tools to support the maintenance of the turbines.

 

 The 400MW project being built 13km off the Sussex coast by E.ON, the UK Green Investment Bank plc and Canadian energy company Enbridge, will, when complete provide enough electricity to supply almost 347,000 homes (1) a year, equivalent to around half the homes in Sussex. The project is due to be completed and fully operational in 2018.

 

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Notes to editors

1= Based on an average annual domestic household electricity consumption of 3,938 kWh (BEIS).

 

For more information contact:

Victoria Blake on 02476 181304 or victoria.blake@eonenergy.com

 

 

 

The information (including any forecasts or projections) contained in this press release (the "Information") reflects the views and opinions of E.ON on the date of this press release.  The Information is intended as a guide only and nothing contained within this press release is to be taken, or relied upon, as advice.  E.ON makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Information (including, without limitation, any as to its quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose) and E.ON accepts no liability whatsoever for any action or omission taken by you in relation to the Information. Any reliance you place on the Information is solely at your own risk.  This press release is the property of E.ON and you may not copy, modify, publish, repost or distribute it. © E.ON 2017

 

 

 

 

 

E.ON apprentices compete to be crowned Apprentice Team of the Year 2017

 

A team of nine apprentices from energy company E.ON will be taking part in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 and competing to be named Apprentice Team of the Year – with activity commencing to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week.

 

Now in its sixth year, the annual Brathay Apprentice Challenge 2017 sees teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and engage with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

 

As part of the challenge the E.ON apprentices will also be presenting to young people at schools, youth groups and careers fairs and sharing their own personal experiences to raise awareness of apprenticeships and encourage others to consider them as an option for their future. 

 

The Apprentices have begun their activity in the community to coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, and will be visiting a number of schools this week to present to pupils in assemblies and take part in careers fairs:


Wednesday 8th March    Blessed Robert Sutton Catholic Sports College, Burton-on-Trent - Assembly presentation


Thursday 9th March       Apprenticeship Week Fair, Gloucester


Thursday 9th March       Ormiston Shelfield Community Academy, Walsall - Careers Fair


Friday 10th March          All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham - World of Work event

 

The team will earn points for the number of people they speak to as part of the challenge, both within the wider community and their own organisation.  

 

The team are also planning to use their skills and expertise within the local community to complete a challenge at a school in the South West by updating the external lighting to help enable the school to become more energy efficient.

 

Dave Newborough, UK HR Director at E.ON, said: “We’re really pleased to be taking part in the Brathay Apprentice Challenge for the first time.  Apprenticeships are hugely important for E.ON to ensure that we’re investing in our future, providing people with real training and job opportunities and have the talented workforce we need to help make sure our customers have the support they need and recognise us as their first choice provider.

 

“The nine apprentices taking part in the challenge come from a mixture of business areas, ranging from Highways Lighting to Human Resources, so they have a range of skills and experiences that they can share.”

 

Tom Clarke, a Highways Lighting Apprentice at E.ON who is taking part in the challenge, said: “It’s really exciting to be part of the challenge and we can’t wait to start going out into the community. When deciding what I wanted to do after leaving school, it seemed to me that the only option available was studying for a degree at university. After doing some research I realised that there were many other options and one of those was an apprenticeship. 

 

“Now I’m two years on, having secured an apprenticeship at E.ON where I learn something new every day and get to put the valuable skills I gain into practice straight away, I’ve realised that this was absolutely the right path for me.

 

“I’m really keen to share my experiences with other young people about to make these important decisions, to encourage them to consider apprenticeships as a career option which, as in my case, may be the best choice for them.”

 

For more information about E.ON’s apprenticeship opportunities visit eon-uk.com/careers    

 

For more information on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge visit brathay.com/challenge  

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The Brathay Apprentice Challenge

·         The Brathay Apprentice Challenge (#BAC17) is the search for the apprentice team of the year, supported by the National Apprenticeship Service.

·         Teams initially compete on a regional level with eight teams then progressing to the National Finals with the Challenge culminating in a four day Logistical and Team Building Finale at Brathay Trust’s Windermere headquarters in June 2017. The apprentice team of the year 2017 will be announced on 14 June.

·         The challenges are designed to ensure that the teams demonstrate their team building, leadership, logistical and communications abilities. With teams working together on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the apprentices and employers benefit from an enhanced apprenticeship experience.

·         To win the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, teams undertake a series of exciting and interactive work-related challenges to develop new skills and showcase their employer by engaging with young people and businesses to promote the benefits of apprenticeships.

·         Teams of nine apprentices can be from a single employer, a group of small businesses, an industry, supply chain or training provider.

·         With teams working together on the Brathay Apprentice Challenge, the apprentices and employers benefit from an enhanced apprenticeship experience.

·         To find out more and to enter a team visit brathay.com/challenge

 

For more information contact:

Roxanne Postle: 02476 195785 / Roxanne.postle@eon-uk.com

Naomi Troy: 02476 180523 / Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

 

The information (including any forecasts or projections) contained in this press release (the "Information") reflects the views and opinions of E.ON on the date of this press release.  The Information is intended as a guide only and nothing contained within this press release is to be taken, or relied upon, as advice.  E.ON makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Information (including, without limitation, any as to its quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose) and E.ON accepts no liability whatsoever for any action or omission taken by you in relation to the Information. Any reliance you place on the Information is solely at your own risk.  This press release is the property of E.ON and you may not copy, modify, publish, repost or distribute it. © E.ON 2017

Read all about it! Energy-themed books donated to seven schools by E.ON


Science and technology learning at seven primary schools across the UK has been energised by the donation to each of a set of 14 non-fiction and story books from energy company E.ON. 

 

E.ON held a competition for employees to nominate a school to receive this new reading material to help celebrate World Book Day on 2nd March.

 

Underwood C of E Primary School in Nottinghamshire is one of the schools to have received the book bundle, nominated by E.ON employee Charles Turner. 

 

Charles Turner, Senior Technical Analyst for E.ON, said: “I entered the competition to win the books for Underwood C of E Primary School as the school is located in an area of Nottinghamshire which was associated with mining and so it seems relevant for them to learn about today’s energy world and how this is evolving.

 

“Whilst I know the pupils will make their own career choices in time, I hope that these new books will spark an interest amongst them in the energy industry and help them understand where their gas and electricity comes from, which I think can only be a good thing.”

 

Underwood pupils with E.ON's Charles Turner 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The collection of books, all of which are linked to the theme of energy, were carefully selected with help from a panel of Key Stage 1 and 2 teachers.

 

Michael Wilson, Headteacher at Underwood C of E Primary School, said: “Some pupils choose for themselves a reference or factual book when tackling a new topic, but for others, energy can sometimes be a bit of a dry subject and for them a story book might be more effective.

 

“What’s important is that we now have a bigger selection of books to use in support of our teaching of energy and electricity, so all of our pupils should benefit from E.ON’s donation.”   

 

Other schools can access online videos, suggested classroom and home activities and request hands-on workshops delivered in schools, all aimed at encouraging 5 to 18 year olds to explore the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) in an unexpected way through the E.ON Energise Anything! Programme. 

 

Full details and E.ON Energise Anything! resources can be found at eonenergy.com/energiseanything

 

Photo shows pupils from Underwood C of E Primary School dressed up to celebrate World Book Day receiving the books from E.ON representative Charles Turner. 

 

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For more information contact:

Jane Branscombe: 02476 183 681 / jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

Naomi Troy: 02476 180 523 / naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

                                                                                                               

The information (including any forecasts or projections) contained in this press release (the "Information") reflects the views and opinions of E.ON on the date of this press release.  The Information is intended as a guide only and nothing contained within this press release is to be taken, or relied upon, as advice.  E.ON makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Information (including, without limitation, any as to its quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose) and E.ON accepts no liability whatsoever for any action or omission taken by you in relation to the Information. Any reliance you place on the Information is solely at your own risk.  This press release is the property of E.ON and you may not copy, modify, publish, repost or distribute it. © E.ON 2017

E.ON announces 8.8% dual-fuel price increase from 26th April 2017

E.ON has today announced that, due in large part to increasing policy costs and other costs it doesn’t control, it will increase its standard variable dual fuel prices from Wednesday 26th April 2017.  This is the first rise in E.ON’s standard variable prices in more than three years, during which time it lowered its standard variable gas prices on two occasions(1).

 

The dual fuel price change stems largely from an increase in costs, due mainly to the rise in non-energy parts of the bill such as social and environmental schemes, which support renewable energy and help customers use less energy. E.ON has been able to partially offset some of these increases through a reduction in the cost of energy purchased on the wholesale market and some other factors.

 

Key details:

·         On Wednesday 26th April E.ON’s standard dual fuel energy prices will increase by an average of 8.8%(2). Standard electricity prices will increase by an average of 13.8%. Standard gas prices will increase by an average of 3.8%;

·         Around 38% (1.5m) of E.ON’s residential customers are unaffected. 62% (2.5m) of E.ON’s residential customers will potentially see an increase if they take no action before 26th April 2017;

·         This is largely due to an increase of around 36% in the cost of supporting various social and environmental programmes, such as the Renewables Obligation (RO) and Electricity Market Reform (EMR), but E.ON has been able to partially offset some of these increases;

·         E.ON has also announced today a number of measures to both shield potentially vulnerable customers from the impact of this increase and offer customers on standard variable tariffs an alternative to the increase through a fixed term product. E.ON has also flagged a series of interventions targeted at standard variable customers that it will make in 2017, to seek to encourage those customers to engage with the market and potentially choose an alternative tariff.  

 

Commenting on the changes Tony Cocker, Chief Executive of E.ON UK said: “This is the first time since January 2014 that we have increased our standard variable prices. It is an announcement we never want to make but is due in large part to the fact that many of the costs we don’t directly control, such as policies including EMR, RO and the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which are paid for via people’s energy bills, are increasing. We have been able to partially offset some of these rises through our wholesale hedging policy and other means, but we do have to make an increase.

 

“We will continue to work to make sure our customers are on the best tariff for them. For example we will be sending more than three million letters to customers this month with personalised savings messages making it clear how easy it is to swap to another tariff that might offer cheaper prices. In addition we will also be working to contact a number of potentially vulnerable customers currently on our standard variable tariff with a personalised quote for an exclusive product, which will be E.ON’s cheapest tariff.”

 

E.ON has also announced a series of measures which will further boost engagement with customers on standard variable tariffs:

·         One stop switch: A letter to potentially vulnerable standard variable customers with a personalised quote for an exclusive tariff(3) which will be E.ON’s cheapest tariff. This letter carries a simple tear-off permission slip which can be signed and returned to E.ON, meaning the customer needs to do nothing else to switch to the exclusive tariff.

·         Longer fix: The launch of a new two-year fixed tariff, E.ON Energy Fixed 2 Year v10, which allows customers to avoid the price increase, offering peace of mind that prices won’t change for 24 months(4).

·         >3 million Energy Interventions in 2017: Over 3 million energy interventions will be made by E.ON in 2017. Targeted at standard variable tariff customers these will include, but not be limited to: innovative new tariffs, a ‘Could You Pay Less?’ campaign and bespoke potential savings information;

·         Energy Direct: A trial programme is being developed which will aim to speak directly with customers. These conversations will take place in town centres to engage customers who may be less likely to respond to other methods, including those on a standard variable tariff with E.ON or another supplier.

·         Smart meters: E.ON believes smart meters are a vital upgrade to the UK’s energy infrastructure and has installed almost three quarters of a million to customer properties so far. They will improve the experience for customers by helping them gain greater visibility of their energy use and spend and help bring an end to estimated bills as well as further improving engagement and enabling even easier and faster switching. E.ON is committed to getting smart meters into its customers’ homes and businesses so they can see the benefits for themselves.

 

Where does E.ON’s customers’ money go?

E.ON also provides clear information to its customers about where their money goes and the different costs which make up a bill. This information is updated annually following publication of the Ofgem Consolidated Segmental Statements.

https://www.eonenergy.com/for-your-home/help-and-support/Understanding-your-bill/where-does-customers-money-go

 

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1 = E.ON last increased its standard variable dual fuel prices on 18 January 2014 by 3.7%. Standard gas prices fell by 3.5% on 13 January 2015 and 5.1% on 1 February 2016.

2 = Weighted average percentage increase to E.ON’s customers in each region across all payment types. Based on Ofgem average annual consumption of 12,500 kWh for gas and 3,100 kWh for unrestricted electricity, the standard variable dual fuel bill will be £1,144 a year with payment by fixed monthly Direct Debit when taking paperless bills, effective 26 April 2017.

3 = This tariff will shortly be made available to E.ON customers who are either in receipt of the Warm Home Discount or aged 65 years and over, and who have been on E.ON’s standard variable tariff for three years.

4 = E.ON Energy Fixed 2 Year v10 is priced at £1,047 a year for dual fuel customers paying by fixed monthly Direct Debit when taking paperless bills, based on Ofgem average consumption of 12,500 kWh for gas and 3,100 kWh for unrestricted electricity. It is available to dual fuel and electricity only customers across all regions with unrestricted or E7 meters.

 

For more information contact:

Scott Somerville (07889 771804)

Victoria Blake (02476 181304)

Roxanne Postle (02476 195785)

Andrew Barrow (02476 183677)

Jag Bickham (02476 181308)

Jane Branscombe (02476 183681)                                    

 

The information (including any forecasts or projections) contained in this press release (the "Information") reflects the views and opinions of E.ON on the date of this press release.  The Information is intended as a guide only and nothing contained within this press release is to be taken, or relied upon, as advice.  E.ON makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Information (including, without limitation, any as to its quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose) and E.ON accepts no liability whatsoever for any action or omission taken by you in relation to the Information. Any reliance you place on the Information is solely at your own risk.  This press release is the property of E.ON and you may not copy, modify, publish, repost or distribute it. © E.ON 2017

 

E.ON helps small business owners to become sustainable with funding of up to £3,000 through its new Sustainable Business Fund

E.ON has launched the Sustainable Business Fund – an independently-run fund to help small and medium business1 customers who are struggling with their energy bills. 

Eligible small and medium business owners are invited to apply for up to £3,000 of funding to help with energy debt and to access online training programmes in subjects which can enable business owners to learn or refresh core business skills.  These include accountancy, project management and social media skills.   

Damian Kirk, B2B Operations Director at E.ON UK, said: "Small and medium business owners are tied up doing lots of things- they are often the boss, sales agent, secretary, procurement department and accountant all in one. So it’s not always surprising that they might need support in specific areas. That’s where the Sustainable Business Fund can help with training and advice to ease that pressure.

"Successful applicants can receive help with settling debts on their energy bills and access to online courses to provide them with the knowledge and skills to enable them to become a sustainable business in the long term.  We’d urge anyone who's eligible to get in touch so we can advise them on the support available."

 

The E.ON Sustainable Business Fund has been set-up to give back closed credits (money which E.ON has been unable to return to business customers who have left or ceased trading) to struggling but solvent small and medium businesses which meet its eligibility criteria.

The fund is being independently managed by Charis Grants which will play a primary role in the funding process, from handling applications through to decision-making and issuing payments.

The E.ON Sustainable Business Fund is open to E.ON-supplied small and medium business owners who’ve been with E.ON for more than 12 months.  

Damian continued: “It's important to remember that as well as this new fund, we offer a range of other services to help our business customers to keep their companies on a firm footing. This includes working to ensure our customers use no more energy than they need, and thereby pay less too. Anyone who's concerned about their energy bills should get in touch with us to see what help is available.”

E.ON offers a range of additional services for its small and medium business customers including:

·         An Energy Toolkit to provide personalised advice for small businesses to help them better understand and manage their energy usage

·         Sector specific energy efficiency advice

·         Discounts on trade prices for energy efficient equipment

·         Providing energy solutions for small business customers, for example smart meters

·         Fixed price contracts

 

For more information

·         To apply for support from the E.ON Sustainable Business Fund, please call E.ON on 0345 301 5898

·         For full details about the E.ON Sustainable Business Fund, including eligibility and how to apply, visit eonsustainablebusinessfund.com  

·         For more information about the additional services E.ON offers its small and medium business customers, visit eonenergy.com/sme

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Notes to editor:

1.        A small and medium business customer is defined (as per the Ofgem definition) if they meet one of the following criteria:

·         Employs fewer than 10 employees (or their full time equivalent) and has an annual turnover or balance sheet no greater than €2 million, or

·         Consumes no more than 100,000 kWh of electricity per year, or

·         Consumes no more than 293,000 kWh of gas per year

For more information contact:

Naomi Troy on 02476 180 523 or Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Andrew Barrow on 02476 183 677 or Andrew.barrow@eon-uk.com  

 

The information (including any forecasts or projections) contained in this press release (the "Information") reflects the views and opinions of E.ON on the date of this press release.  The Information is intended as a guide only and nothing contained within this press release is to be taken, or relied upon, as advice.  E.ON makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Information (including, without limitation, any as to its quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose) and E.ON accepts no liability whatsoever for any action or omission taken by you in relation to the Information. Any reliance you place on the Information is solely at your own risk.  This press release is the property of E.ON and you may not copy, modify, publish, repost or distribute it. © E.ON 2017

DWP Minister visits E.ON’s new starters as company unveils it is to recruit 400 new apprentices in 2017

E.ON hosted Damian Hinds MP, Minister of State for Employment, at its City of London combined heat and power (CHP) plant where he met some of E.ON’s newest engineers – and heard how the company is to increase its apprenticeships intake to create up to 400 new trainees across its operations in 2017.

 

The Minister was introduced to a number of new smart metering trainees who have been recruited by E.ON in conjunction with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through the Sector Based Work Academy – a recruitment, assessment and training programme that engages with potential candidates through Job Centres across the country.

 

E.ON has also confirmed that it will be increasing the number of apprenticeship roles available in 2017 from 100 to up to 400. E.ON will be creating these roles in areas of the business including customer operations, highways lighting, renewables, community energy, cyber security and smart metering.

 

Upskilling colleagues and training apprentices in these areas is a key focus for E.ON as it continues to improve services for its customers as well as develop new solutions and technologies for the future.

 

Employment Minister Damian Hinds said: “It’s great to see E.ON recognising the value of these programmes and also quadrupling the number of apprenticeship places they offer. As we can see through the trainees at E.ON, sector-based work academies are a fantastic way for jobseekers to receive quality training and a guaranteed interview – whether it’s your first job, or the start of a second career later in life.”

 

Dave Newborough, E.ON UK HR Director, added: “Last year, we announced we’d be recruiting 100 apprentices and we’re delighted that we’re now quadrupling this figure with plans to create up to 400 apprenticeship roles in 2017. These roles will cover a variety of technical business disciplines – from cyber security and smart metering to roles within our wind farm and decentralised energy teams – and we’re committed to creating and maintaining a diverse workforce.

 

“Through our ongoing recruitment initiatives, working collaboratively with government, the industry and other sectors, we hope we help tackle the workforce renewal challenges and potential skills gap facing the energy and utilities sector.”

 

One of the new E.ON trainees was Keith Harrison. Keith, 51, from Luton, was on a career break before joining E.ON’s trainee scheme but had a lengthy career spanning aero engineering, metering and renewable energy. Keith said: “Hopefully this training will help me to pass my metering exams and give me a chance to progress in the organisation. So far I’ve found everything to be very professional and E.ON looks to be willing to invest in achieving its 2020 smart metering targets. Hopefully I will get the opportunity to grow in the role, maybe into management.”

 

The Minister also met Zoe Finch, who has recently finished her smart metering apprenticeship at E.ON and was the first ever female engineering apprentice to achieve the Level 2 Dual Fuel Smart Meter Installer Apprenticeship Standard in England. 

 

Zoe, 27, from Basildon, Essex, said: “I applied for the apprenticeship scheme as I thought it was the best way to start a career in something I know I would enjoy. I’d always been interested in working with electrics so when this opportunity came up I couldn’t have been happier.

 

“All of what I have learned and experienced will definitely prove valuable in the future. I’m always looking to better the skills I already have and to learn and experience new things, so my future in E.ON could hold many possibilities for me. I would like to be a tech specialist once I have gained enough experience and become the best at what I do.”

 

E.ON is part of the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, a collaboration of 27 industry employers, which created the UK’s first joint Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy to ensure the UK’s energy and utilities sector retains a safe, skilled, resilient and sustainable workforce.  The E.ON pilot, in collaboration with the DWP, is just one of the initiatives that brings the Partnership to life and seeks to encourage people into industry and to develop a significant future sector talent pool. Employers can access hard-to-reach and diverse individuals as well as encouraging professionals who are looking for new opportunities or to retrain. 

Dave Newborough added: “It is key that businesses across our sector work together to raise the profile of the issues and, ultimately, encourage and support more people, whatever their background, into training and long-term career opportunities in the energy and utilities industry.” 

For further information about E.ON’s apprenticeships and other career opportunities, please visit E.ON’s careers website.

 

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Notes to editors

Citigen is E.ON’s Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in the heart of the City of London. Housed in a 100-year-old listed building it provides a source of heat and chilling to buildings in central London via a 6km heat network and a 4.5km cold water network as well as generating power for the national grid. E.ON recently upgraded Citigen with new CHP engines to ensure the site can deliver reliable, low carbon heat to customers – which include the Barbican, the Guildhall and the Museum of London and currently developing a number of new connections – for years to come.

 

Citigen is also home to E.ON’s market leading Community Energy business and its 24/7 national district heating control centre which monitors and controls more than 50 networks across the UK, from Newcastle to Exeter with nearly 20,000 heat customers and an ever growing asset base.


For more information contact:

Andrew Barrow at E.ON on 02476 183 677 or andrew.barrow@eon-uk.com
Roxanne Postle at E.ON on 02476 195 785 or
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Energy and utilities businesses unite to address the skills gap with 221,000 new recruits needed in the next 10 years

 

The Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, a collaboration of 27 industry employers, has today launched the first ever joint Workforce Renewal and Skills Strategy for the sector. 

 

Commenting on the strategy launch Tony Cocker, Chief Executive of E.ON UK and Chair of the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership, said: “Our sector touches the lives of almost everyone in the UK each day, providing essential services for our homes and businesses. In order to deliver and continually develop these services, we need a skilled and sustainable workforce that can help businesses supply the UK’s power, fresh drinking water, safe sanitation, recycling and much more.

“We face an ageing workforce, increasing competition for talent with unemployment reaching its lowest recorded levels and a lack of proficient skills leading to over a third of vacancies being hard-to-fill. Therefore, as a partnership we seek to be the catalyst for change, sharing an ambition to achieve a more sustainable future.

“It is key that businesses across our sector work together to raise the profile of the issues and recommendations outlined in the strategy and, ultimately, encourage and support more people, whatever their background, into training and long-term career opportunities in the energy and utilities industry.” 

Dave Newborough, UK HR Director at E.ON, said: “The launch of the strategy marks an important step for the sector in terms of tackling the workforce renewal and skills challenges that we currently face.  

 

“We want to build on the breadth of talent we already have in our business and ensure that we are investing in our future through training schemes and creating real job opportunities that mean we can keep up with the sector’s rapidly evolving needs.

 

“As just one example, E.ON has recruited almost 150 apprentices over recent years and has currently committed to creating more than 100 apprenticeship roles nationwide during 2017.

 

“We hope that, through our own efforts and this collective approach, we can face this challenge head on and make a lasting difference for the UK economy, the industry and local communities.”

 

For further information about the Energy & Utilities Skills Partnership and the strategy, please visit euskills.co.uk/sector-skills-strategy

 

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For more information contact:

Roxanne Postle: roxanne.postle@eon-uk.com / 02476 195 785

Scott Somerville: scott.somerville@eon-uk.com / 07889 771 804

 

The information (including any forecasts or projections) contained in this press release (the "Information") reflects the views and opinions of E.ON on the date of this press release.  The Information is intended as a guide only and nothing contained within this press release is to be taken, or relied upon, as advice.  E.ON makes no warranties, representations or undertakings about any of the Information (including, without limitation, any as to its quality, accuracy, completeness or fitness for any particular purpose) and E.ON accepts no liability whatsoever for any action or omission taken by you in relation to the Information. Any reliance you place on the Information is solely at your own risk.  This press release is the property of E.ON and you may not copy, modify, publish, repost or distribute it. © E.ON 2017