Imperial researcher becomes a director of a socially responsible energy company

Q&A with Dr Jeff Hardy: What drives him to advise an innovative power and waste company that aims to serve the public good? Dr Jeff Hardy, a Research Fellow in energy policy at the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment, one of Imperial College London’s Global Institutes, has been appointed as a Non-Executive Director of Public Power Solutions. The company, based in Swindon in Wiltshire, provides waste and energy solutions for the public sector, offering a socially responsible alternative to the United Kingdom’s traditional approach of…Continue Reading “Imperial researcher becomes a director of a socially responsible energy company”

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Public Power Solutions bolsters Board with two new appointments

16th April 2018 Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, has appointed two new non-Executive Directors to its Board, Janine Freeman and Dr. Jeffrey Hardy. Janine Freeman has recently held executive roles at UK Power Reserve where she was Business Development Director and at National Grid where she was a member of the UK Executive Committee. Janine has previously been recognised as British Renewable Energy Champion for her leadership in the commercial development and application of new technologies.  Prior to joining National…Continue Reading “Public Power Solutions bolsters Board with two new appointments”

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Green light for Swindon council’s huge energy storage facility

Mannington battery-based electricity storage facility will be one of the largest developed in UK so far. 14th March 2018  Swindon is set to be home to one of the UK’s largest battery-based electricity storage facilities after Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, received planning consent for the project. The battery storage scheme, at the former Mannington Depot owned by the Council, has a permitted capacity of up to 50 MW making it one of the largest standalone batteries to be developed…Continue Reading “Green light for Swindon council’s huge energy storage facility”

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Local Authorities helping drive the EV Revolution

The momentum behind the electric vehicle revolution now seems to be unstoppable. The government is banning new fossil fuel powered cars from 2040 and EV sales are climbing rapidly (as diesels decline). Government policy is supportive through the new Clean Growth and Industrial Strategies, with grants available for installing EV chargers at home and work. Local Authorities have a key role to play in ensuring they deliver the infrastructure that supports the revolution. We’re working with our parent Swindon Borough Council on an EV charging…Continue Reading “Local Authorities helping drive the EV Revolution”

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Swindon plans to build one of UK’s largest battery storage facilities

  Swindon plans to build one of UK’s largest battery storage facilities 29th November 2017 Public Power Solutions, the wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, has submitted a planning application to build one of the UK’s largest battery-based electricity storage facilities at the former Mannington Depot. The battery storage scheme would provide the opportunity to deliver balancing services for National Grid, to help enable the growing proportion of renewable generation in the UK, and ensure greater flexibility for the energy system in line with the…Continue Reading “Swindon plans to build one of UK’s largest battery storage facilities”

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Public Power Solutions wins national Waste award

3rd November 2017 Public Power Solutions Limited (PPS), the wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, has been named co-winner of the coveted PEEL People’s Cup, which recognises team excellence in the operation of licensed or permitted waste facilities. The cup has been awarded as part of the Chartered Institution of Waste Management’s (CIWM) Sustainability & Resource Awards 2017, which showcase the best in sustainable practices, technology innovation, behaviour change and professional achievement. PPS’s Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) and Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) facility opened…Continue Reading “Public Power Solutions wins national Waste award”

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Swindon Council’s Public Power Solutions shortlisted for coveted national Green Energy Award

26th September 2017 Public Power Solutions Limited (PPS), the wholly-owned company of Swindon Borough Council, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Green Energy Award for Best Community Initiative for its Chapel Farm Solar Park, near Blunsdon. PPS Regen Award press release FINAL 260917

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Public Power Solutions and Swindon Borough Council win prestigious national renewable energy award

Public Power Solutions and Swindon Borough Council have won the 2017 APSE Service Award for best Renewable Energy Initiative for Chapel Farm Solar Park.  PPS APSE award win FINAL 110917  

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First community benefit funds from Swindon Solar Farm now being paid

SMG WSP press release June 2017 If you are a local community group interested in applying for a grant from the community benefit fund please contact Wiltshire Community Foundation website at www.wiltshirecf.org.uk/grant-funds or call the grants team on 01380 729284 for more information.

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Renewable revenue

Electricity prices have been rising quickly over recent years, a trend that seems set to continue. The costs to renew our aging electricity infrastructure are being passed directly onto the consumer, who in turn are seeing an increase in their bills. There is particular strain on the grid at peak times and commercial customers who need to use their electricity during these busy hours can face eye watering charges. The National Grid, responsible for operating the UK transmission network and balancing the dynamic shifts between…Continue Reading “Renewable revenue”

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