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Heat Pump Performance: Correlation and deviation from the mean Blog Post

April 3, 2022

Heat Pump Performance: Correlation and deviation from the mean

Our second briefing paper on heat pump performance issues looks in more detail at the correlation between industry performance forecasts and actual outcomes. We have also included distribution curves and a look at some new research on financial outcomes.  Our condensed research paper is available here. Future briefings will look at financial outcomes in more […]

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Heat Pump Performance – The Ofgem Data Project Blog Post

March 31, 2022

Heat Pump Performance – The Ofgem Data Project

We’re launching a series of briefing papers on microgeneration and performance issues with an introduction to a major research project we started in 2019 and finished last year. Based on data provided by Ofgem, the research provides a unique window on heat pump performance and, crucially, measured heat pump performance compared to industry-provided performance forecasts. […]

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rb&m: a year in review Blog Post

December 30, 2021

rb&m: a year in review

In looking at our rearview mirror on what has been a momentous 2021 in the energy transition, we realised how our busy year reflects the paradigm shift occurring in UK’s energy markets. rb&m partners work at the cutting edge of decarbonisation policy and we are certain that the quickest path to clean energy transformation built […]

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Consumer information – building the Solar PV revival Blog Post

March 15, 2021

Consumer information – building the Solar PV revival

Colin Meek: Will the Solar PV market surge again? When the Government announced the closure of UK’s Feed-in-Tariff there were dire predictions for UK’s Solar PV installation sector. Yet even though installation numbers are well down compared to 2015 there are signs of optimism. MCS has noted a 5% increase in installation numbers in the […]

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Heat Pump Installations – best practice guide launched Blog Post

July 15, 2020

Heat Pump Installations – best practice guide launched

The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC) have collaborated to publish a definitive best practice guide for the installation of heat pumps. rb&m partner Colin Meek worked for RECC as a project coordinator and co-author. The new guidance, crafted by MCS, RECC, Energy Saving Trust Scotland and the Heat Pump […]

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Barriers to a sustainable market for heat pumps Blog Post

June 12, 2020

Barriers to a sustainable market for heat pumps

Levies and taxes imposed on the retail price of electricity do represent a barrier to the heat pump market but the evidence presented by Barnes and Bhagavathy, and supported with conclusions in various reports from the CCC, is that the upfront cost and the actual efficiencies achieved are likely to play a bigger role.

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Welcome to our blog Blog Post

May 14, 2020

Welcome to our blog

Welcome to the blog of rb&m, the consumer experts building trust in the energy transition. rb&m are Jackie Robinson, Sue Bloomfield and Colin Meek, all highly-experienced auditors and consultants working with regulators, consumer codes and protection agencies across the low carbon energy sector ensuring the consumer is front and centre as we move towards net zero.

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Unfair Contract Clauses 1: The Entire Agreement Clause Blog Post

May 14, 2020

Unfair Contract Clauses 1: The Entire Agreement Clause

Clear and consistent contractual terms are essential for the sale and installation of complex goods and services such as microgeneration. They help the installer and consumer avoid misunderstandings and, when things go wrong, they can minimise the chance that a simple complaint becomes a dispute.

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