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RWE npower acquires Welsh tech firm RUMM

Cloud-based technology to contribute to British business opportunity to save up to £4 billion per year on energy


1st April, 2015 — RWE npower today announced the acquisition of specialist energy management company RUMM in a move that could help British business save up to £4 billion on their annual energy bills. The Welsh tech firm, which was spun out of the University of Glamorgan, uses the latest innovations in cloud-based data analytics to help businesses monitor and control their energy in real time. 


Since its inception in 2005, RUMM has already saved over £43 million for its customers. npower Business Solutions, which is the second largest supplier of energy to British businesses, will roll out RUMM’s software to its biggest customers in Q2 2015, with the goal of delivering energy efficiency at scale.


With the UK’s industrial and commercial sectors spending £20 billion a year on electricity and gas, npower Business Solutions has shown that increasing energy efficiency by 20% could represent a collective saving of around £4 billion annually to British business.


Paul Massara, CEO of RWE npower, said: “npower Business Solutions is committed to helping the UK’s largest companies manage their energy needs so they can budget for the future. RUMM’s technology is truly innovative, giving businesses the tools they need to make significant savings on the bottom line. 

“This deal represents an important investment in both our energy solutions business and the thriving South Wales tech community. With the right support and incentives, we are confident that Welsh start-ups, like RUMM, will continue to grow, exporting their expertise across the world.”


Dr Stephen Lloyd, Chairman and co-founder of RUMM, said: “Being part of RWE npower represents a huge opportunity for RUMM. npower Business Solutions wants to provide the best possible energy management for its customers and RUMM has the capability to help deliver this.  We spoke to a number of energy suppliers, but the way the team at npower want to bring innovation to their customers proved decisive.”


Jamie Watkins, Co-founder and Director of Sales at RUMM, added: “This is a proud day for everyone at RUMM. We’ve continued to invest in the development of our “best in class” software, while waving the flag for Welsh entrepreneurship. We are excited at the prospect of working with npower Business Solutions to help some of the UK’s biggest companies cut energy, cost and carbon.”


Developed as the result of work at the University of Glamorgan RUMM’s proprietary software, IBASS, captures and stores energy usage data every half-hour to identify potential inefficiencies on customers’ sites. The software provides the basis to enable significant energy reduction and has the capability to offer switch-off measures.  RUMM’S software is integral to its behavioural approach to energy management which is a unique aspect of its offering. 


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Littlebrook Power Station closes its door after more than 75 years of generation from the site

Tomorrow marks the final day of operations at Littlebrook Power Station after more than 75  years of successful operations at the site.

The 1,140 MW oil-fired station in  Kent was opted out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD) in 2008, meaning that it must close in 2015 or after 10,000 hours of operation. Last year, the decision was made to close the station at the end of March 2015 due to current market conditions.

Littlebrook has played a critical role in the UK’s power generation mix since it began operation in 1981. During its lifetime it has generated a total of 43475.699 GWh  to power homes and businesses across the UK, and established strong links with the community, contributing millions of pounds to the local economy.

Roger Miesen, Chief Technical Officer (CTO), RWE Generation, commented, “Today is a sad but not unexpected day. I’d like to pay tribute to this station and the people that have worked here helping to keep the lights on across London for so many years.”

Kevin Nix, Head of RWE Generation UK: “I would like to thank all of our staff past and present who have contributed to the success of the station, We are also grateful to the local community for their continuous support during the life of the plant.”

Instrumental in helping to power the city of London for many years, construction started on Littlebrook Power Station in 1976. It holds the record for the largest electricity production output of any 2,000 Megawatt station in the UK within any one year. This record generation was during its operational time as a three unit station in the UK miners’ strike. More recently, the station has played an important role in providing electricity during times of peak demand. Littlebrook is the last major non gas-fired power station to close in the Greater London area.

RWE has invested more than £6 billion into new efficient power generation over the past 5 years to replace the older generation of fossil fuel plants.

 

npower volunteers lend a helping hand at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham

A team of npower volunteers has taken time out of their work schedules to help out at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham. The House provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation and support for families with children who are being treated at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

24 employees from the energy company’s Solihull and Oldbury hubs, who work within the Business Solutions team for npower’s industrial and commercial sized customers, spent the day helping to spring clean the house before holding an afternoon tea party for the children and their families.

Volunteer Vicki Mustard said, “We ironed sheets and pillowcases, cleaned bedrooms, plated cakes and then spent a few hours providing tea party with sandwiches, cakes, chocolate and respite for tired parents and their children, who enjoyed a little respite.”

She continued, “The House is a home away from home while children are undergoing treatment so to help out and provide an afternoon to help these families take their minds off things has been a pleasure.”

The spring clean and tea party volunteering follows on npower’s continued support for Ronald McDonald House Charities. Last December, the business was proud to sponsor Ronald McDonald House Birmingham’s annual dinner and fundraiser which raised over £100,000 towards the Birmingham Houses’ total yearly running costs of £620,000.

Libby Aston, House Manager at Ronald McDonald House Birmingham, said: “We are ever so grateful for the electrifying efforts of these npower volunteers. Providing a ‘home away from home’ for as many as 66 families each night is no small job and any help and support from local people and businesses is always welcomed with open arms.”

This event follows npower’s decision to empower its employees to choose their local volunteering, charity and fundraising causes – offering its people the chance to lead on the relationships they build in their communities.

For more information on npower’s volunteering programme, please visit npower.com/volunteer – or for more information on how you can support Ronald McDonald House Birmingham, please visit www.rmhc.org.uk.

 

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Contact information

Charlie Martin

0845 070 2807

Charlie.Martin@npower.com

npower is one of Britain's largest electricity suppliers and supplies gas, electricity and related services to 5.8 million customers across the UK. npower supplies green energy to Wembley Stadium and the Liberty Stadium in Swansea. npower is a market leader in renewable energy and sources the green energy for juice directly from renewable sources, at no extra cost. npower has been awarded platinum status in Business in the Community’s CR Index and is one of 29 companies to have achieved the CommunityMark since its launch. All CommunityMark achievers have been recognised for demonstrating excellence in their holistic and strategic approach to community investment. We are also on twitter - @npowerhq, Youtube and Facebook
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Ronald McDonald House Birmingham

  1. Ronald McDonald House Birmingham is run by Ronald McDonald House Charities - an independent charity that provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation at hospitals across the UK. It enables seriously ill children to have their families close by when they are undergoing treatment and allows them to maintain a degree of normal family life.
  2. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses in the UK and in 2014 they helped support over 6,000 families with children in hospital.
  3. Ronald McDonald House Charities relies on the generosity of supporters and fundraisers, including McDonald’s customers, without whom it would be unable to continue its work.
  4. The Charity was founded in 1989 and has been keeping families together for more than 25 years. 

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