We’re off! ReFLEX Orkney Ltd is launched

A new ground-breaking local energy company, ReFLEX Orkney Ltd, has launched a range of new low-carbon transport and power services exclusive to Orkney residents and businesses to further decarbonise the island’s energy system.

This is a major milestone for the £28.5 million ReFLEX Orkney project which is part funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and match funded by private investment.

Orkney already generates over 100% of its electricity demand annually from renewables. The project aims to help the community takes full advantage of its renewable energy potential, putting Orkney at the forefront of demonstrating how to reduce carbon, abate climate change, and protect wellbeing, livelihoods and the ecosystem; a top priority for governments, as well as wider society.

At the heart of the project is the demonstration of flexibility using technologies like batteries, electric vehicles, smart chargers and smart meters, which are being made available via affordable lease and other financing helping customers to avoid large upfront costs.

The project is also creating larger-scale and community-focused initiatives such as electric buses, a local electric car club and the integration of green hydrogen for storage and transport.

A key part of the ReFLEX service offering is the ReFLEX support team who will help guide and support energy customers to a decarbonised solution that best suits their needs. The aim is to be a one-stop-shop for all energy service needs.

The new services are available exclusively to Orkney residents who are members of ReFLEX. Membership is free to join, and members are supplied with up-to-date information about the latest service offers as well as topical information about new technologies, approaches and top tips for increasing energy efficiency and affordability.

The initial ReFLEX services include:

  • Electric vehicle leasing: to increase the use of electric vehicles, the ReFLEX leasing model offers a wide range of market leading EV’s with strong financial incentives for early adoption. The vehicles range from ZOEs to Teslas, minis to estate cars, with a variety of vans available too. The vehicles are supplied through the UKs leading EV leasing business, DriveElectric. The leases include benefits tailored to the needs of Orcadians such as use of a longer-range vehicle for trips off Orkney. A selection of vehicles are available for test drives in Orkney.
  • Electric vehicle chargers for off-street parking: The ReFLEX team will help support with grant applications to cover most of the cost of a new charger and installation, and support grid and planning permission applications. These home car chargers will enable faster charging and charge scheduling to help manage energy use.
  • New 100% renewable electricity tariffs: ReFLEX is committed to helping customers access the most appropriate electricity supply tariff for their needs. Supplied by Shell Energy Retail, the residents of Orkney have the choice of two tariffs at launch: the ReFLEX Orkney tariff, a flat, low rate tariff; and ReFLEX Orkney Charge and Drive which includes the equivalent of 2,000 free miles for your electric vehicle. Each tariff comes with smart meter installation – a great tool to help track energy consumption and reduce energy waste.
  • Fully electric pay-as-you-go car club: In addition to the individual car leasing options ReFLEX has teamed up with Co-wheels to introduce new EVs into the local car club. When signing up to Co-wheels, use the REFLEX1 code to access £25 of start-up credit and a 25% discount.

ReFLEX Orkney is currently developing additional services to launch in 2021, including battery storage for linking with micro-generation and a heating installation service to help lower bills and reduce carbon emissions. ReFLEX aims to continue to develop and broaden the range of offerings taking on board feedback from the community.

Further details about the ReFLEX membership and services* are available on ReFLEX’s newly launched website – www.reflexorkney.co.uk – and the customer services team are available via email or phone to discuss options. *ReFLEX membership and services are available to Orkney residents only.

A dedicated shop for ReFLEX Orkney is due to open on the Kirkwall high street in the new year where customers can speak to the customer services team directly, and a roadshow is being developed to take ReFLEX to various locations across the Orkney Islands.

“The launch of ReFLEX Orkney Ltd and the range of products and services is a major milestone for the ReFLEX Orkney project. We are pioneering an integrated, affordable, low-carbon energy system in Orkney which can then be used as a blueprint for other locations.

“A key aim for ReFLEX is to encourage early adoption of these technologies, as well as inspiring community participation in the drive to decarbonise Orkney. By becoming a member of ReFLEX, the community can help us shape it and demonstrate how communities can create smart local energy systems. In return we will help the community access affordable low carbon technologies and services, and better understand and manage their energy use.

“This is very timely as the UK government has just announced an end of the sale of diesel and petrol cars by 2030 as part of an ambitious plan for green industrial revolution, and yet again Orkney is ahead of the curve, ready to demonstrate to the nation.”

Gareth Davies, Managing Director of ReFLEX Orkney Ltd

“ReFLEX Orkney is a ground-breaking project in the Energy Revolution Challenge. The approach the ReFLEX team is taking combines abundant renewable energy resources with thorough engagement with local communities and organisations alongside the development of a joined-up, affordable, low-carbon energy system in Orkney.

“Clean energy delivered across smart and efficient local networks will play a major role in achieving the net zero goals of 2050. Today’s launch of a new range of low-carbon transport and power services to further decarbonise the Orkney energy system highlights the opportunities that are available to the UK through this kind of innovation.”

Rob Saunders, Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UK Research and Innovation

ALL-ENERGY / DCARBONISE EXHIBITION & CONFERENCE MOVES TO AUGUST 2021

Reed Exhibitions Limited has announced that All-Energy, the UK’s largest annual renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference – and the co-located Dcarbonise – will now take place on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 August 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC).

Simon Marshall, the newly appointed Event Director for the duo of shows, explained:

“This three-month postponement from May to August means that the event now coincides with the end of Scottish school holidays and is a perfect stepping stone to COP26, being held at SEC in early November.

“All roads lead to Glasgow in 2021, and we are excited to be firmly placed as the precursor to such an important global summit, where major policy and investment decisions are expected to be formalised. All-Energy kicks off the season as the all- important platform for stakeholders across the public and private sector to showcase innovation, technology, and progressive strategies.

“The date change also ensures that SEC has time to get back to ‘business as normal’, after its invaluable use as NHS Louisa Jordan.

“Naturally, this was a collective decision from canvassing the vast majority of our exhibitors and the opinions of key stakeholders including sponsors such as the Scottish Government, ScottishPower, Shepherd and Wedderburn and Natural Power.

“We can now look forward to producing an event, which will have renewable and low carbon energy and decarbonisation at its core, with sound health and safety measures firmly in place. Reed Exhibitions has developed a formal set of enhanced health and safety protocols in collaboration with industry task forces for our future events. These will, of course, evolve to keep in step with government requirements.” (Current protocols are at http://www.reedexhibitions.com/files/Reed-Exhibitions-New-Normal-June-2020.pdf)

Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said:

“I am delighted that All-Energy and Dcarbonise is now scheduled to take place in August next year, especially as we look forward to a successful COP26 taking place in Glasgow soon after that.

“All-Energy and Dcarbonise have become an annual highlight for industry professionals and policymakers alike, and I congratulate Judith Patten and her team of event organisers for their great resilience over recent months which they have demonstrated through the delivery of a series of webinars, two of which I was delighted to take part in. I very much look forward to the Scottish Government’s continued engagement with the event and wish the organisers well with their planning.”

Keith Anderson, CEO of ScottishPower, a regular plenary session speaker who has also chaired three of the All-Energy webinars during 2020, commented:

“I’m delighted to hear that All-Energy Dcarbonise 2021 has now been confirmed for August next year. In addition to being the key event in the UK energy calendar, the new dates provide a timely opportunity for the industry to come together just ahead of COP26 coming to Glasgow in November.”

Looking to the immediate future Simon Marshall added:

“All-Energy/Dcarbonise will continue to provide cutting-edge virtual engagement during the run-up to the show in August. Twenty-six online sessions were held between May and November 2020 when we held our ‘Virtual Summit’ with Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse were amongst those taking part; and attracted nearly 15,650 registrations. Well over 11,000 have attended either ‘on the day’ or ‘on-demand’.

“The postponement means, of course, that the Call for Papers will be open for longer. Found at https://www.all-energy.co.uk/en-gb/conference/call-for-papers.html, it will now close on 31 March 2021.

“We thank our exhibitors, speakers, partners, suppliers, visitors and of course the SEC for their continued support during this challenging time; the event team looks forward to seeing you all in nine months’ time!”

Sponsors, supporters, and further information

All-Energy’s major sponsors include ScottishPower (Host Sponsor); Shepherd and Wedderburn (Headline Sponsor) and Natural Power (Power Club Sponsor) and is held in association with the Renewable Energy Association; Highlands and Islands Enterprise; Scottish Enterprise; UKRI and Innovate UK; Sustainable Glasgow; and the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG), with Glasgow as its Host City, and the Society for Underwater Technology as Learned Society Patron. Dcarbonise is sponsored by the Scottish Government, Energy Saving Trust and Zero Waste Scotland.

The Smart Urban Mobility Solutions conference stream (part of Dcarbonise) is and organised in association with Transport Scotland and the Smart Environment Forum of ITS United Kingdom

Further information is at www.all-energy.co.uk and www.dcarbonise.com

In the absence of the ‘live’ 2020 event, a series of webinars was launched in May 2020. By November, when the All-Energy/Dcarbonise Virtual summit was held, they had attracted 15,650 registrations and unique attendance (on the day or on-demand) of well over 11,000. All are available on-demand at https://forum.all-energy.co.uk/category/webinars/

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