National Grid and energy minister Michael Fallon have clashed in a debate over whether electricity consumption should be restricted. The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has created a £15M fund for rural communities to explore renewables.
3.40pm: Davis Langdon consigned to history books
The historic Davis Langdon brand is to be scrapped and the firm rebranded as Aecom.
The change comes into effect in October this year; less than three years after Aecom swallowed up the UK-based cost consultancy.
2.59pm: Vinci to kick off Dynamo Moscow FC scheme
French construction behemoth Vinci has won the contract to reconfigure the Dynamo Moscow Stadium in the Russian capital.
The ambitious project involves the construction of a huge new ‘bubble’ containing terracing that will sit on top of the striking facade of the club’s existing stadium, which dates back to the 1920s.
As well as the new 27,000-seat football stadium the project will also include an indoor 12,000-seat arena, a 30,000m2 shopping centre, cinema and underground parking.
The scheme, which has been designed by US architects Manica along with Moscow-based practice SPeeCH is scheduled to open in 2017.
12.34pm Bouygues restructures UK operations
French contracting giant Bouygues has restructured its UK arm so operations will fall into four distinct management units.
Headed up by executive chairman Madani Sow, Bouygues UK will now consist of the Bouygues Development, Construction, Housing and Thomas Vale management units.
Bouygues UK, which since 2007 has swallowed up a number of UK contactors including Warings, the Leadbitter Group and Thomas Vale, has a turnover of £750M and a staff of 1,700.
11.48am: The Department for Energy and Climate Change (Decc) has created a £15M fund allowing rual communities to explore renewable energy.
The Rural Community Energy Fund (RCEF) opened to applications today. It is being specifically targeted at helping rural communities carry out feasibility studies into renewable energy projects and apply for planning permission.
The funds can be used to support projects across the renewable and low carbon energy spectrum such as wind, solar, hydro and others.
“This investment will help kick start hundreds of clean green energy projects in rural areas across England,” said energy and climte change minister Greg Barker. “This new fund will give aspiring communties access to the cash they need to make this happen.”
10.22am: Fallon and National Grid clash over plans to ‘keep the lights on’
Plans for National Grid and the government to discuss a proposal for large consumers to cut energy use during peak times in return for payment appear to have hit the buffers.
In a statement National Grid said it had agreed to have an “informal consultation” with the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and energy regulator Ofgem to discuss the provision of an “insurance policy” to be used “in the unlikely event that there is a shortfall of electricity in the market.”
As well as potentially re-commissioning selected mothballed power stations, a proposal for large consumers to reduce electricity use between 4pm and 8pm on winter weekday in return for a payment was to be tabled.
However, last night on the BBC’s Newsnight programme, energy minister Michael Fallon was asked if big factories and businesses would be asked to cut their energy use in 2015, and Fallon replied: “No”.
In a statement today, Decc said: “The Power is not going to be rationed and businesses are not going to be forced to switch off. A capacity market will ensure we have enough power in the longer term.”
A National Grid spokesman confirmed that talks had been held with the government focusing on companies that use more than 100kW of energy a day but the spokesperson said any agreements with medium to large size companies would be “totally optional”.
10.10am: Transport for London (TfL) is developing a set of six frameworks to deliver engineering, environmental and commercial services while making savings of £6M or more.
The six frameworks will cover the follwing areas; highway engineering; railway engineering; transport planning and impact monitoring; civil and structural, and mechanical and electrical engineering, commercial services; and environmental services .
The frameworks are also intended to help TfL support small-medium sized businesses through the awarding of contracts.
“We’ve started developing a new set of framework agreements which will allow us to keep improving and maintaining London’s transport services for our customers whilst delivering the best possible value for money,” said TfL commercial director Andrew Quincey.