We think sustainable energy should be everyone’s business!
Ecuity’s mission is to make sustainable energy mainstream by using our unique strategic insight to connect the commercial day to day reality of running a business and the political challenges of sustainable energy policy making.
We are trusted advisors for organisations looking to understand and shape policy so that they can grow the sustainable energy market. Our reputation is for timely advice and shrewd analysis of the sustainable energy policy landscape. Influencing campaigns developed by our team, grounded in thorough fact-based research and analysis have helped many clients achieve their goals and policymakers to deliver energy policy that works.
Our team has an impressive track record working both with commercial organisations and facilitating industry-led groups, including the Sustainable Energy Association and the Hydrogen Hub. Highlights since our foundation in 2012 include:
- Ecuity hosted two air quality workshops, one on behalf of The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and another one focused on how to tackle issues of air quality at a local level, in West Midlands with stakeholders from government and industry.
- Ecuity was awarded the contract to deliver events and produce publications for the Heat Networks Investment Project on behalf of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
- Our economic analysis and narrative provided the analytical grounding for a FleishmanHillard project undertaken on behalf of SHV, which was an award winner at the 2017 PA European Excellence Awards (Award 14 – Best Publication).
- Ecuity supported several clients with responses to the Government consultation on domestic heat in buildings and call for evidence on the non-domestic heat sector – these Government proposals are pivotal in the development of policy to decarbonise our future heating systems both on and off the gas grid.
- We are providing ongoing support to clients on BREXIT as negotiations develop.
- Leading up to and following the EU referendum vote, Ecuity provided advice to clients regarding the implications, both positive and negative, of BREXIT on the energy sector and for industry in general.
- Ecuity worked with a leading back up power provider to highlight a loophole within capacity market rules allowing a double subsidy to operators of diesel generating equipment. As a result of our campaign focussed on cost to taxpayers, distortion to the capacity market auctions and air quality, we secured changes to the EIS scheme rules by HM Treasury. These were initially announced in November 2015 and over the course of 2016 we worked to ensure implementation of the changes, including publication of a report, with further intervention by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy. Ecuity continues to work with a range of organisations active in the back up power market.
- Ecuity launched a new industry-led initiative ‘The Hydrogen Hub’ starting in Swindon and focussing on specific locations with the aim of building up a network of hubs and associated infrastructure to support a growing population of fuel cell cars.
- We engaged with a wide range of industry stakeholders and clients to develop analysis and responses to the Renewable Heat Incentive reforms consultation; including important proposals for the scheme and how it evolves in April 2017.
- Ecuity’s General Election analysis provided clients with unique insights into the implications of a Conservative victory and SNP landslide in Scotland for the future of energy policy
- Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change visited our office in Solihull as part of a ‘Greening Solihull’ Event in partnership with our local NHS Trust and Further Education providers
- Ecuity agreed to provide the secretariat for the Green Deal All Party Parliamentary Group – working with Parliamentarians in Westminster to improve the Green Deal and ECO policy framework
- The Ecuity team increased in size to 15 with a number of new appointments to help deliver on behalf of our clients
- Ecuity published a report ‘’Fuel Cells: Starting a Smart Power Revolution’’ setting out how fuel cell smart power units could act like ‘mini power stations’ in more than 5.3 million UK homes, flats and small businesses by 2030
- Ecuity also published a report ‘’Biomass 2020’’ on behalf of CPL Renewables, setting out the potential role of Biomass for Heating beyond 2020.
- The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive was launched following a long period of engagement between industry and DECC.
- Ecuity agreed to participate in a three year, EU funded innovation project reviewing the potential for sewage sludge conversion technologies
- Ecuity supported the energy efficiency industry in its engagement with Government over changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) – securing an extension to ECO until 2017.
- Ecuity coordinated separate multi-client initiatives of key biomass and heat pump developers to achieve viable domestic RHI support
- Ecuity developed and published an influential roadmap report on micro CHP and fuel cells on behalf of the key industry stakeholders in these sectors
- Ecuity carried out a technical campaign to achieve the renewable recognition of an emerging low carbon heating solution by EU institutions
- Ecuity Provided expertise to support the development of a utility sector marketing campaign on behalf of a global blue-chip company
- Ecuity also relocated our head office during 2013 to accommodate our expanding Consultancy team, which was shortly followed by the announcement of Ilias Vazaios as a Partner in the firm
- Ecuity was founded by Dave Sowden and James Higgins
- The team worked to provide insight, strategy and campaign services relating to the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation Framework
- Ecuity worked with an innovative waste-to-energy technology to secure access to the Renewable Financial Incentives.
- Completion of the UK PV Legal Project, part of a Europe-wide research project funded by the European Commission to consider regulatory barriers to deployment of solar PV.
- Co-ordination of separate multi-client campaigns for Heat Pumps and Micro-CHP, setting out a vision for low carbon heating in the UK.
- Design of a campaign to improve the safety of electrical installation work