Tim Hipperson, Head of Supplier Relations and Regulations at one of the UK’s largest utility cost management companies, Utilitywise, has been appointed chairman of the Alliance for Energy Management (AfEM).
Hipperson’s appointment will see him work with members of the AfEM to drive a greater understanding of the contribution that the professional energy management sector makes to the UK’s economic, social and environmental goals.
“My appointment runs until the end of March 2015,” said Mr Hipperson.
“In my time as chairman, I hope to raise the profile of demand-side energy reduction within government, as well as raising awareness of how energy reduction can benefit companies across the UK.
“A significant reduction in energy consumption through energy efficiency measures means lower fuel bills for companies. This leads to a simple, cost effective way to reduce business costs. The AfEM has a simple aim: to bring together leading UK industry bodies and professional energy management companies to ensure, that in a noisy space of energy legislation and consultation, the demand-side voice is heard.”
Mr Hipperson has over 15 years of experience in environmental services, including three years at AIM-listed Utilitywise, working at the forefront of carbon and energy management.
“I’m looking forward to building upon the achievements that the AfEM has already made in increasing the profile of professional energy management in the energy debate.”
AfEM was formed out of a need to discuss the lack of support for demand-side energy within the policy framework. Since then, the AfEM has gone on to work with DECC as well as Parliament and its members in further moulding the Electricity Market Reform, specifically the Capacity Mechanism and Electricity Demand Reduction.