En­ergy firm’s deals aim­ing to power a greener fu­ture

Birmingham Post - - FEATURE - Tam­lyn Jones Busi­ness Cor­re­spon­dent

ATRIO of West Mid­lands con­sul­tan­cies have been bought out by a Welsh en­ergy firm. Eg­nida Group has ac­quired Soli­hull-based Log­i­cal Ve­hi­cle Man­age­ment and Car & Van Lease Su­per­mar­ket, which spe­cialise in fleet man­age­ment, and Leam­ing­ton Spa en­ergy con­sul­tancy En­craft.

Terms of the deals have not been dis­closed.

Eg­nida, based in Cow­bridge near Cardiff, de­liv­ers en­ergy ser­vices for pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions such as pro­cure­ment, en­ergy ef­fi­ciency and in­stalling and op­er­at­ing re­new­able projects.

It said the en­larged group would strive to op­ti­mise the re­la­tion­ship be­tween elec­tric ve­hi­cles, charg­ing in­fra­struc­ture and the grid to sat­isfy the green fleet agenda. All three ac­quired com­pa­nies will con­tinue to be based in their ex­ist­ing of­fices.

An­drew Pad­more, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Eg­nida, said the com­pany recog- nised that fu­ture global de­vel­op­ments in en­ergy and mo­bil­ity mar­kets were likely to be “mas­sively dis­rup­tive”.

He added: “These ac­qui­si­tions mean our clients will ben­e­fit from a much broader un­der­stand­ing of how next gen­er­a­tion en­ergy projects and al­ter­na­tive-fu­elled ve­hi­cles are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly in­ter­linked. In prac­tice, this means that busi­nesses can take im­me­di­ate steps to­wards a fu­ture where the ‘smart man­age­ment’ of de­mand, in­clud­ing power, heat­ing and ve­hi­cle man­age­ment, is linked with dis­trib­uted gen­er­a­tion, lead­ing to a low-cost, low­car­bon en­ergy plan.

“En­ergy gen­er­a­tion is be­com­ing more lo­calised and re­new­able and re­quires the move to a ‘smart grid’ to en­sure se­cu­rity of sup­ply.

“The sit­u­a­tion is made more com­plex by the growth of elec­tric ve­hi­cles that will ini­tially cause grid prob­lems. If the tran­si­tion to elec­tric ve­hi­cles is man­aged care­fully, fleet op­er­a­tions can be op­ti­mised and ve­hi­cles used to se­cure en­ergy mar­ket re­lated in­come to dras­ti­cally re­duce fleet whole-life cost of op­er­a­tions.”

Kate Ash­worth, di­rec­tor of En­craft, said: “This is a very pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment for our busi­ness. We have been look­ing for a part­ner and ways to move from our es­tab­lished innovation and con­sul­tancy work into im­ple­men­ta­tion.”

>From left: Ran­dall Ed­wards, chair­man of Eg­nida; An­drew Pad­more, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Eg­nida; Kate Ash­worth, di­rec­tor of En­craft; and Tony Murtagh, founder of Car & Van Lease Su­per­mar­ket

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