E.ON employee runs Birmingham International Marathon for Alzheimer’s Society

Worcestershire resident Phil Shaw has successfully completed the inaugural Birmingham International Marathon in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, E.ON’s official charity partner.

Phil lives in Alvechurch, Worcestershire, and is E.ON’s Director of Residential Operations. He decided to run for Alzheimer’s Society for personal reasons and has reached his fundraising target of £1,500.

Phil said: “Last year, my children and I did the Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Society and had a great time. This year, I decided to step up the pace a little! I thought I’d challenge myself for my 40th Birthday to train for my first marathon and raise even more money for this amazing charity. I’m absolutely thrilled to have done it.

“My father suffers from Parkinson’s disease, which has very strong links to dementia, and I’ve also seen many families I know be affected by Alzheimer’s and so I felt very strongly about raising money for the amazing work that Alzheimer’s Society does. All of the money I’ve raised is going to Alzheimer’s Society’s Dementia Support Workers who make such a fantastic difference!”

Alzheimer’s Society Community Fundraiser, Emma Dowler, said: “It’s truly amazing to see how passionate and committed Phil and other E.ON volunteers are in fundraising for our Dementia Support Workers and we’re very appreciative of all of E.ON’s support.

“All of the money raised by Phil, as well as other fundraising efforts by E.ON employees, will be used to fund Dementia Support Workers who work in the community, including in and around Worcestershire. Dementia Support Workers provide support, information and guidance to people affected by dementia to help maintain their independence, improving their sense of wellbeing and putting them more in control of their lives. They assist people affected by dementia to identify their needs and access to services.”

Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as E.ON’s official charity partner by colleague vote. The two-year relationship began in the summer of 2016 with the aim of donating £200,000 to the charity.

For more information about accessing the Dementia Support Workers service, please call the Worcestershire office on 01905 621868

For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity

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For more information contact:

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

Fiona MacGregor, 07976374161, fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com

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

E.ON becomes Britain’s first menopause-friendly energy company

To celebrate World Menopause Day on Wednesday 18th October E.ON has committed to becoming the first menopause-friendly energy company in Britain, aiming to raise awareness of the menopause and ensure women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms can get the support they need at work.

E.ON is developing a supportive guide for all its managers to use in order to ensure they’re well-equipped to support employees who are either going through the menopause themselves or are supporting someone they know who is experiencing menopausal symptoms.

By introducing the guide and undertaking colleague engagement about this natural phase in a woman’s life, E.ON hopes to encourage open and honest conversations about the menopause and remove the taboo nature of it so employees feel comfortable and encouraged to speak openly about their experiences.

Dave Newborough, E.ON’s HR Director, says: “We’re delighted to become Britain’s first menopause-friendly energy company. As a founding member of the Time to Change mental health pledge and the first UK company to sign up to the TUC’s Dying to Work charter, this is one more step to E.ON demonstrating its ongoing commitment to becoming a leader in diversity and inclusion and supporting our colleagues’ health and wellbeing.

“Our award winning #awkward internal communications activity aims to continue to tackle the often taboo and more difficult diversity and inclusion topics through starring our own colleagues in the videos to help drive awareness and get the conversation started.

“Through colleague engagement we hope to raise awareness about the menopause by providing clear information and guidance for all line managers and their employees and by encouraging all colleagues to talk openly about this natural phase in a woman’s life.”

E.ON has been working with Henpicked, a social network for women over the age of 40, to develop the policy and draw on their experience and knowledge of women’s issues, specifically the menopause.

Deborah Garlick, Henpicked’s founder, says: “Menopause is a natural part of women’s lives and it’s brilliant to see E.ON leading the way and encouraging a better understanding of and support for this as a health and wellbeing issue.

“Women are now working for longer so the number of women experiencing menopausal symptoms whilst working is increasing. We now have around 3.5 million women in the workplace of a menopausal age and the supportive guide that E.ON is developing will increase understanding and encourage employees to become more engaged with the issues surrounding menopause.”

For more information about E.ON, visit eonenergy.com

For further information regarding menopause, its symptoms and the medical support available please visit the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.  

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For more information contact:

Naomi Troy, 02476 180523, Naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

Jane Branscombe, 02476 183681, Jane.branscombe@eon-uk.com

Fiona MacGregor, 07976374161, Fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com

E.ON employee runs self-designed marathon course to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

 

Fifty-five year-old Paul Allen, who works in E.ON’s marketing team based at its Annesley office, is counting up the sponsorship pounds after successfully completing his own 26.2 mile course around Sherwood Forest in aid of Alzheimer’s Society, E.ON’s official charity partner.

Paul, who only took up running a couple of years ago, came up with the idea to prove that it is possible to run through each of the surviving woods making up old Sherwood Forest by also taking in a few link roads. He began his marathon with a run around Clumber Lake and finished up a little under seven hours later at Burntstump, raising over £1,400 in the process.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as E.ON’s official charity partner by colleague vote in 2016, and Paul, who first started working for the energy company in 1999, was keen to come up with his own personal challenge to raise funds.

Paul said: “My own mother suffered with dementia and I chose to support Alzheimer’s Society to help fund the incredible work that it does on a daily basis. I initially thought about trying to cover the marathon distance in stages over a period of weeks, but eventually decided to really push myself and run it all in one go.

“There were definitely times during training when I didn’t think it would be possible as I was struggling with health issues and motivation, especially as the furthest I’d ever run before was 17 miles. However, the amazing support I received from my colleagues and my personal trainer, Ben Middleton of Benefit Personal Training, gave me strength and motivation. Ben was so supportive and not only coordinated my training but actually ran the marathon with me as well.”

Pippa Foster, Alzheimer’s Society Operations Manager for Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, said: “It’s wonderful to see people create and conquer their own personal challenges when choosing to fundraise for us. We truly value Paul’s marathon effort and are very appreciative of all of E.ON’s support.”

For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity

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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

Fiona MacGregor, 07976 374 161, fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com

Pattingham man puts his energies into climbing Snowdon at night to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Society

An electrician from Pattingham is counting up the sponsorship money raised after he successfully climbed to Snowdon’s summit by torch and moonlight in support of Alzheimer Society’s community-based Dementia Support Workers.

Lee Whitehouse works for energy company E.ON in its solar solutions team and had his own personal reasons for deciding to take up ‘the Snowdon Challenge’ in support of the company’s charity partner, Alzheimer’s Society.

Lee said: “I lost a family member to dementia a few years back so I was keen to raise some money for the charity and awareness of the support it provides. Climbing Snowdon at night was a great experience and was also a way of making my personal contribution to Alzheimer’s Society.

“The biggest challenge on the night was the wind, with gusts of up to 50 mph, but I made it to the summit in a little over three hours, and was back at the bottom five and half hours after setting off. It’s a distance of around nine miles, but purely uphill to the 1085m summit and then purely downhill.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Courtney, Community Fundraiser for Alzheimer’s Society, said: “It’s a sad fact that so many people have a personal link to dementia, with a relative or friend affected by the condition. It’s really encouraging when we hear of people like Lee who’ve been able to turn that into a positive action, motivating them to take up a challenge that interests them and raise valuable funds for Alzheimer’s Society.”

Alzheimer’s Society was chosen as E.ON’s official charity partner by colleague vote, and all of the money raised and donated by the company and its employees is used to fund community-based Dementia Support Workers, including in the West Midlands. The two-year relationship began in the summer of 2016 with the aim of donating £200,000 by mid-2018.

For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity

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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

E.ON comment regarding the UK Government’s “Draft Bill for an Energy Price Cap”

Commenting on the UK Government’s statement regarding the “Draft Bill for an Energy Price Cap” Michael Lewis, Chief Executive of E.ON UK said:

“A price cap will not be good for customers. It will reduce engagement, dampen competition and innovation.

“As we have made clear, we believe standard variable tariffs have had their day. Tomorrow should be about helping all customers engage with the market with tariffs that work for them. Therefore the question is ‘why cap it when you can scrap it?’

“That is why we are taking action to make that happen for our customers. For example we recently announced our plans for a unilateral move away from SVT in tandem with the advanced rollout of smart meters - a way to make a real difference in the market rather than a blanket cap that ultimately won’t benefit customers. We will of course also look at the detail behind the Government announcement today but remain utterly convinced that increased engagement in the energy market is the best way forward for all customers and changes to make this a reality are already happening.”

E.ON is the first of the larger suppliers to announce plans to make changes around SVT’s and further details of the original announcement can be found here: https://www.eonenergy.com/about-eon/media-centre/eon-acts-to-begin-replacing-standard-variable-tariffs-for-its-customers/

 

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For more information contact:

Scott Somerville (07889 771 804)

Andrew Barrow (02476 183 677)

Jag Bickham (02476 181 308)

E.ON completes ‘UK-first’ battery installation at Blackburn Meadows biomass power plant

E.ON has completed the installation and grid connection of its 10MW battery at the Blackburn Meadows biomass plant near Sheffield – a new energy storage project that will help keep power supplies stable and support the range of power generation sources feeding into the UK’s national grid.

The 10 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion battery is housed in four 40ft long shipping containers. It has the same power as roughly 100 family cars and holds the same amount of energy as 500,000 mobile phone batteries1.

The Blackburn Meadows battery was successful in National Grid’s Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender to deliver technologies capable of responding in less than one second at times of either an over- or under-supply of energy to the grid.

Power supply and demand on the UK grid have to be matched closely in real-time to maintain a safe frequency so household electrical appliances function properly. Balancing the grid is becoming more challenging because the growing range of renewable generation sources make the electricity system less stable and more prone to changes in frequency.

Battery systems work by immediately discharging power to the network when the frequency falls – either when supply drops or when demand increases – bringing the frequency back up. The battery is also available to take power off the network if supply is greater than demand.

As well as helping to make more efficient use of renewable energy sources, the batteries will also be able to provide extra power to the network at times of peak demand as part of the Capacity Market.

“This is a milestone for E.ON in the new energy world and an important recognition of the enormous potential for battery solutions in the UK,” said David Topping, Director of Business Heat and Power Solutions at E.ON.

“Having undergone successful grid testing by National Grid we are the first EFR operator to complete the installation and bring our system online. The success of this project, three months ahead of plan, is tribute to the excellent work done by colleagues across E.ON as well as our contractors.”

Leon Walker, Commercial Development Manager at National Grid, added: "Using battery storage is a significant development for managing the national grid. It's an ultra-fast way of keeping electricity supply and demand balanced. Over four years we estimate that this service will save the system operator around £200m. This is good news for consumers who benefit from our cost efficiencies, and paves the way for battery technology to establish itself as an important component of our energy system.”

E.ON worked with Nidec ASI to install the battery system. Matteo Rizzi, Nidec Industrial Solutions’ Director Global Sales, said: "Working with E.ON on the Blackburn Meadows energy storage project has been a real pleasure. It takes strong collaboration between all parties to make projects like this a success. Nidec looks at each job as a partnership and we believe that this has been key in helping us achieve the 500MWh we have installed globally today. We hope this is just one of many more jobs to come with E.ON."

Customer solutions such as energy storage, cleaner on-site generation, and energy management are part of a range of energy solutions offered by E.ON to help customers to use energy more efficiently and make businesses more profitable. To power homes, E.ON already offers its Solar and Storage package, combining solar PV panels and battery technology that allows customers to store the energy they generate from the sun, and potentially saving around 50% on electricity bills3.

David Topping added: “Blackburn Meadows is a real example of the new smart energy world – a renewable energy plant providing electricity to the grid and sustainable and affordable heating and hot water to local businesses.

“Batteries at this scale allow us to make best use of all renewable energy sources by harnessing the energy and having it ready for use whenever it’s needed – increasing the share of renewable energy on the grid while at the same time providing a secure supply for our customers.”

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Blackburn Meadows CHP plant is a 30MW renewable energy plant that can produce enough power for around 40,000 homes, converting recycled waste wood into electricity. It also uses combined heat and power technology which is a more efficient process that captures the heat produced through the electricity generation process to be used in a district heating scheme providing heat to customers including Sheffield Forgemasters, the Sheffield Arena and Ice Sheffield.

1 Based on a system capacity of 5MWh versus a mobile phone battery energy capacity of 10wh (3.7v x 2,700 mAh = 10wh)

2 http://media.nationalgrid.com/press-releases/uk-press-releases/corporate-news/national-grid-brings-forward-new-technology-with-enhanced-frequency-response-contracts/

3 Example figures. All savings based on a south facing property in central England with a 40 degree roof tilt and no shading, with an electricity consumption of 4,900 kWh. Saving assumes fitting 12 x 320W panels and a 9.6 kWh battery plus a deemed export of 50%. FiT rate based on figures published 1st February 2017 for a March 2017 install.

For more information contact:

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

Victoria Blake | 02476 181 304 or victoria.blake@eonenergy.com

E.ON launches renewables-powered tariff for electric vehicle owners

E.ON has today launched a new tariff for electric and hybrid vehicle owners which uses energy purchased from 100% renewable electricity and green gas.

E.ON Fixed 1 Year Electric Vehicle is a dual rate tariff which offers customers access to a competitive day rate, and a night rate priced 33% below the day rate for use when many electric and hybrid car owners will choose to charge their vehicle.

The tariff which also matches 100% of both the electricity and gas used with renewable energy guarantees of origin (REGOs) and green gas certificates (GCC), offers savings of £261 a year when compared with an average of all dual fuel standard variable tariffs offered by the larger suppliers and £173 a year, when compared with an average of dual fuel Economy 7 tariffs offered by the larger suppliers 1.

With a saving of around five pence per mile for a full electric vehicle compared with petrol fuelled vehicles2, electric and alternatively fuelled vehicle registrations have more than doubled in the last three years, reaching 88,909 in 2016, a 3.3% share of the overall market3.

So far this year that figure has already exceeded 71,474 registrations, an increase of 58% when compared with August 2015 3. This new E.ON tariff is designed to complement the increasing number of full electric and hybrid vehicle owners who are now charging their vehicles at home and who, as a result, will have a higher than average electricity consumption.

Chris Lovatt, Managing Director of Residential at E.ON, said: “For many electric or hybrid car owners, choosing the right energy tariff may be the last piece of the jigsaw in helping them lower fuel emissions and energy costs.

“At E.ON we’re focused on providing sustainable solutions for our customers’ homes and with the increase of electric cars on our roads we’re pleased to be able to offer a tariff which gives our customers the flexibility to access cheaper electricity rates backed by renewable sources to charge their vehicles, while helping them save on costs.”

The tariff is available to existing customers who own an electric or hybrid vehicle. An Economy 7 programmed smart meter is also required to access the tariff, which E.ON will fit free of charge4. For further details customers should call 03332024680 or visit eonenergy.com/evtariff.

As a business E.ON has invested over £2.4bn in renewable technologies in the UK over the last six years and has also begun to develop the provision and installation of charging points for UK businesses.

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  • E.ON Fixed 1 Year Electric Vehicle does not include any additional environmental benefit.

  • The tariff is available to dual fuel and single electricity customers. It is no available to prepayment, single gas and non-residential customers.

  • An exit fee of £30 per fuel applies.

     

1 E.ON Fixed 1 Year Electric Vehicle is priced at £1,394 a year based on an estimated dual fuel consumption for electric and hybrid owners of 3,492kWh daytime electricity and 2,748 kWh night time electricity and 12,000 kWh of gas, based on payment via fixed monthly Direct Debit.

2 Based on fuel cost of 114.7 pence per litre (AA August 2017 Fuel Report) comparing 64 combined mpg/ 0.071 litres per mile of a petrol fuelled Nissan Micra 2010+ (Parkers Guide) with 150 miles per kWh of a 2017 Nissan Leaf (Nissan).

3 Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

4 Unrestricted electricity and classic Economy 7 meters will need to be exchanged for a smart meter.

For more information contact:

Andrew Barrow on 02476 183677 or andrew.barrow@eon-uk.com

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

E. ON drives the digitalisation of the new energy world

  • Energy trading via blockchain for the first time
  • Goals are to further decentralise the energy market and reduce costs for E. ON customers

This week, the energy companies E.ON and ENEL traded electricity for the first time via a new marketplace that uses the so-called blockchain technology. The blockchain allows trading partners to conduct deals directly with each other in seconds, which usually require a central intermediary. Through direct trading, which is exempted from such additional partners, the costs of electricity procurement will also be lowered. A cost reduction that will benefit energy customers in the future.

Decentralized energy wholesale was tested in 2016 at the E.ON Future Lab. Its basis is a peer-to-peer network developed by the energy IT specialist Ponton. In May 2017, the partners founded the "Enerchain" initiative together with other European energy companies. The aim of the now 33 companies that have joined together is to develop a decentralised European marketplace for energy trading. Today's first contract was a significant milestone on the way to achieving this goal.

Matthew Timms, Chief Digital Officer of E. ON: "The Enerchain initiative is a good example of open, cross-industry collaboration. We all believe in the enormous potential that Blockchain technology has for the new energy world and especially for our customers."

E.ON colleagues take a leap of faith with parachute jump for Alzheimer’s Society

Two colleagues from E.ON’s Kingswinford office spurred each other on to conquer their nerves and complete a parachute jump together, raising more than £1,000 for Alzheimer’s Society in the process.

Leo Chell and Lorie Hollies each had a strong personal motivation for choosing to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Society, which has been E.ON’s official charity partner since 2016.

Leo said: “My stepdad suffers from dementia so I know all about the impact it can have not just on the person but also on their family and friends. I fancied doing a parachute jump and it made sense to use it as a way of raising funds for a deserving cause.”

Lorie, who joined E.ON two and a half years ago, said: “I was previously a support worker for people with mental illness. Alzheimer’s is such a common condition and can affect people of all ages. A parachute jump is something I’ve always wanted to do but my fear of heights had put me off. Once I heard Leo was planning a jump for Alzheimer’s Society, I plucked up the courage to join him.”

Leo and Lorie jumped from 13,000 feet over Nottinghamshire, and were in freefall for around 40 seconds before their parachutes opened. The money that they raised through sponsorship will be used by Alzheimer’s Society for community-based Dementia Support Workers.

Joanne Dobbie, Regional Community Fundraising Manager for Alzheimer’s Society said: “It never ceases to amaze me how people are able to face their fears to raise money for us. We’re delighted with the fundraising efforts of Leo and Lorie as well as the numerous other E.ON employees who have run, cycled and scaled heights in the name of charity. This money will help fund valuable services for those currently living with the condition.”

For more information about E.ON’s work with Alzheimer’s Society, visit eonenergy.com/charity

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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

Fiona MacGregor, 07976 374 161, fiona.macgregor@eon-uk.com

‘E.ON See’ launched to offer customers a smarter online energy saving solution

E.ON has launched a new online energy saving solution for its customers called ‘E.ON See’.

The free tool allows customers to easily see how much energy they’re using, how this compares to their previous use, and where they can make changes to help them use less energy and spend less money on their energy bills as a result.

The core benefits of E.ON See include:

  • Helping customers to better understand their household’s energy habits by easily viewing their monthly energy use, broken down by electricity or gas, and exploring how this changes over time;
  • Giving householders a better breakdown of their bill so they can clearly see how much energy they use on heating, hot water, appliances and so on;
  • Enabling users to compare their energy usage to 100 households that are similar to their own;
  • The provision of tailored energy saving tips to help people make informed decisions about where and how they use energy in their homes, and where they can cut back.

Chris Lovatt, Managing Director of E.ON’s Residential business, said: “We’ve offered energy saving advice for many years and we know our customers want to be able to see how much energy they’re using, how much they’re spending, and to see where savings can be made without impacting on their comfort or lifestyle.

“By offering a simple to use online tool that can help customers better understand their energy use, people can take action to reduce their use and see how changes impact their own energy use over time and also how this compares to similar households’ energy consumption.

“From smart meters, to solar and battery technology, and innovations like E.ON See, we’re committed to offering our customers a range of smarter, sustainable solutions now and into the longer term.”

E.ON See is available to any customer who signs up for an online energy account. For more information and to use the tool, visit eonenergy.com.

  • For a limited time, E.ON is offering free cavity wall and loft insulation to all households regardless of their energy supplier1, which could save a typical family £2852 a year. For details about E.ON’s free insulation offer visit eoninstall.com or call E.ON on 0330 400 1083.
  • Customers can also visit eonenergy.com/smart for information about E.ON’s smart meters and to see if they’re able to get one installed. If eligible, they can also book an appointment online.

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1. Offer subject to applicants agreeing to eligibility check – this information is needed to help manage the scheme and applicants’ data and will not affect whether they are eligible for the measures described in the offer.

The scheme is administered by E.ON Energy Installation Services Limited which reserves the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

E.ON will provide notice to customers on eoninstall.com if offer is withdrawn or amended.

If applicants have a survey booked in during the offer window the offer will be honoured.

This offer is available in mainland Great Britain and excludes housing association or council tenants, flats and maisonettes.

All applications are subject to a home survey by the appointed installer (or company acting on their behalf).

Full Terms and Conditions will be set out in the contract with the appointed installer.

Cavity Wall Insulation- Cavity wall insulation will only be installed on properties with unfilled cavity walls. No costs will be incurred unless stipulated at or during home survey/ risk assessment of property. E.ON shall supply a quotation detailing additional costs prior to acceptance and instruction by the contractor prior to commencement of works.

Lofts- Loft insulation will only be installed in conjunction with a cavity wall being filled and only where there is either less than or equal to 100mm pre-existing insulation (full loft). Lofts will be insulated to a total thickness of 270mm. Loft insulation will not be undertaken unless there is sufficient ventilation to allow air movement both before and after the work.

2. Source: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/cavity-wall and http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-insulation/roof-and-loft. Figures based on semi-detached gas heated home and are based on fuel prices as of April 2017.

For more information contact:

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

Victoria Blake, 02476 181 304, victoria.blake@eonenergy.com