The Opus Energy Blog

Read the latest energy industry news and views from the Opus Energy team here.

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02.01.2020

Opus Energy: our commitment to sustainability and our work in our communities

At Opus Energy, we’re passionate about sustainability. As part of Drax, we’re committed to ensuring a zero-carbon, lower-cost energy future. It’s why, last year,...

Heating and cooling powered by London’s lost rivers
10.08.2019

Heating and cooling powered by London’s lost rivers

London might be famous for one river in particular, but there’s far more to the capital’s waterways than the Thames. Beneath the ground, and...

Energising expertise: How this framing business became outstanding in their field
01.08.2019

Energising expertise: How this framing business became outstanding in their field

Picture Perfect is a bespoke framing business founded in 1998 and based in Northampton. It’s the largest professional framing business in Northamptonshire, run by...

Football fever: Sustainability and solar-powered stadiums
01.07.2019

Football fever: Sustainability and solar-powered stadiums

Football provides an arena – both literal and figurative – where the message of sustainability can be communicated to thousands. Football clubs have been...

7 steps to install solar panels on your business
17.06.2019

7 steps to install solar panels on your business

This article was originally published on Brighter Business, Opus Energy’s advice and information hub for small businesses. For business owners concerned about the environment,...

Small café, big energy: Powering a charity
03.05.2019

Small café, big energy: Powering a charity

Café No.5 is part of ValePlus, a charity that operates across Barry and Llantwit Major in South Wales. The charity offers education and employment...

Three ways small businesses can use renewable energy to their advantage
24.04.2019

Three ways small businesses can use renewable energy to their advantage

There’s more than one way that businesses can use renewable energy to give their company a boost. From generating income to promoting a brand-bolstering...

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23.04.2019

Innovative robotics technology underway at Opus Energy, writes Jonathan Kini

Robotics technology is transforming the operations here at Opus Energy, improving service and freeing up time for our teams to work on more interesting...

Six Nations rugby players generate enough power to cook over 800 pizzas
04.04.2019

Six Nations rugby players generate enough power to cook over 800 pizzas

Just in – our latest research reveals that Six Nations Rugby players produce the equivalent of 46kWh of power through their energetic play during...

A cut above the rest: The power of the local barbershop
25.03.2019

A cut above the rest: The power of the local barbershop

Beckets is a leading barbershop and men’s hairdressers on the Wellingborough Road in Northampton, catering to the discerning gentleman. “We look at the experience...

Gamlingay Community Turbine: Energising village life
06.03.2019

Gamlingay Community Turbine: Energising village life

In 2013, a group of people in the village of Gamlingay, Cambridgeshire set up their own wind turbine for the village. Like all good...

5 renewable energy developments to look out for in 2019
11.01.2019

5 renewable energy developments to look out for in 2019

2018 was a record-breaking year for the UK, with renewable energy leading the charge. In fact, it was the greenest year on record for...

How many lights can an energy supplier power this Christmas?
12.12.2018

How many lights can an energy supplier power this Christmas?

As the year draws to an end, it’s natural to reflect on what the last 12 months have brought. For us, it’s been an...

Blog / 6 steps: What to do if your energy supplier goes out of business
03.12.2018

6 steps: What to do if your energy supplier goes out of business

The energy market is challenging and can be a turbulent place, especially for new or smaller suppliers. It’s unlikely that you will find yourself...

Small business success: The energy source behind this art entrepreneur
20.11.2018

Small business success: The energy source behind this art entrepreneur

Wychwood Art Gallery sits in the heart of Deddington, a small village in Oxfordshire, and has done so since 2016. Deborah Allen, founder and...

Blog / Opus Energy supplies 1.5% of total UK energy consumption with 100% renewable energy
29.10.2018

Opus Energy supplies 1.5% of total UK energy consumption with 100% renewable energy

Opus Energy has smashed a milestone by providing all its customers with 100% renewable electricity in the last reporting year.

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18.10.2018

You can blow your own way: How wind power transformed this farm

Ashby Farms, in the idyllic countryside of Daventry, Northamptonshire, is home to a family that’s been farming in the area for generations, focussed initially...

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08.10.2018

Energy Audits: start with the basics

Walking into an empty conference room and turning off the lights can be as good a place as any to start an energy audit....

Watt's a kWh? Getting to grips with energy units
21.09.2018

Watt's a kWh? Getting to grips with energy units

Despite playing such an important role in powering our day-to-day lives, energy can be difficult to understand. But for those who want a clearer...

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09.09.2018

WATCH: Opus Energy opens the Kinetic Café – check out the video

A few weeks ago, we announced our plans to walk a mile in the shoes of our customers. The idea for the Kinetic Café...

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09.09.2018

76% of SME owners losing sleep over the state of their business, says new Opus Energy research

4 in 5 have sacrificed their personal life to make their company a success Holidays, personal time and pay are forfeited to ensure the...

Opus Energy launches summer work experience programme
21.08.2018

Opus Energy launches summer work experience programme

Opus Energy is a company built on its employees, which is why we put so much focus on our Early Careers efforts – from...

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27.07.2018

We’re going to walk a mile in your shoes

Running a small business takes energy. Not just electricity to power the business, but physical and mental energy; to get you out of bed...

Opus Energy visits Northampton school to share why renewable energy is so important
16.07.2018

Opus Energy visits Northampton school to share why renewable energy is so important

As one of the country’s leading business energy suppliers and as part of the Drax Group, Opus Energy is committed to changing the way...

Opus Energy’s Head of Business Change named Utility Week Star of the Year
11.07.2018

Opus Energy’s Head of Business Change named Utility Week Star of the Year

It’s undeniable that Opus Energy is a business built on its star employees, but for one team member especially, it’s been made official. Barry...

Opus Energy - Twin Town Challenge 2018
08.06.2018

Drive my car: Opus Energy teams smash charity challenge

In late May, 100 wacky racers took on the Twin Town Challenge, a fun charity car rally which sees competitors drive from Witney, Oxfordshire...

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07.06.2018

10 million and counting - so how do smart meters work?

The UK’s smart meter roll-out is well underway. According to statistics published by the government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, by the...

Opus Energy announces sponsorship of FSB Celebrating Small Businesses awards
06.06.2018

Opus Energy announces sponsorship of FSB Celebrating Small Businesses awards

We are delighted to announce that Opus Energy is a category award sponsor at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards 2018.

How the 'rebound effect' makes us use more energy (and what it is, exactly)
30.05.2018

How the 'rebound effect' makes us use more energy (and what it is, exactly)

We often take energy for granted, but getting it from grid to business can be complicated. When you start investigating the principles of supply...

The Powering Past Coal Alliance: What is it, and why is it so important?
29.05.2018

The Powering Past Coal Alliance: What is it, and why is it so important?

Renewable energy has been on a roll for the last few years. As the UK, Europe and the rest of the world are demonstrating...

Heavyweight champions: Meet the world’s largest storage batteries
12.04.2018

Heavyweight champions: Meet the world’s largest storage batteries

One of the biggest and most underappreciated challenges the renewable energy industry is facing is not the embracing of new technologies, nor the securing...

Opus Energy and Small Business Grants: Get £5,000 to energise your SME
22.03.2018

Opus Energy and Small Business Grants: Get £5,000 to energise your SME

At Opus Energy, we are proud to announce that we are an official partner of Small Business Grants, a monthly cash competition awarding the...

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11.03.2018

Introducing Opus Energy’s new Northampton headquarters

We are delighted to announce the opening of our brand new headquarters in the heart of Northampton, a state-of-the art building bringing all 700...

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05.03.2018

Opus Energy’s apprenticeship scheme: Building a brighter future

At Opus Energy, we are proud to play our part when it comes to supporting the next generation, bolstering the training and development of...

Cornwall’s secret hotbed of renewable energy potential
22.02.2018

Cornwall’s secret hotbed of renewable energy potential

Cornwall could be the home of the UK’s first geothermal station used for energy generation as well as district heating, if ambitious plans go...

Energy efficient Britain: Electricity consumption falls 2% in the UK
09.02.2018

Energy efficient Britain: Electricity consumption falls 2% in the UK

An analysis of electricity consumption across the EU has found that the UK reduced its electricity use in 2017, while 27 European countries included...

The UK’s 25 year environmental plan – where are we headed?
30.01.2018

The UK’s 25 year environmental plan – where are we headed?

The UK government has announced a new, 25-year plan for environmental protection and improvement.

Opus Energy supplied 90% renewable electricity to its customers at no extra cost
27.01.2018

Opus Energy supplied 90% renewable electricity to its customers at no extra cost

Since Opus Energy was founded in 2002, we’ve been embracing renewable energy sources as one of the best ways to power British businesses.

2018: What’s happening this year in renewable energy innovation?
12.01.2018

2018: What’s happening this year in renewable energy innovation?

A brand new year is upon us, and it looks like a brighter, greener future is on the horizon. The ever-changing energy market looks...

How technology and renewable energy is curbing air pollution
15.12.2017

How technology and renewable energy is curbing air pollution

In recent years, air quality has become a hot topic of discussion. One of the underlying issues affecting air quality is pollution.

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07.11.2017

There’s more than one benefit to being a sustainable business, says Drax Retail CEO Jonathan Kini

Being sustainable can have more business benefits than just being good to the planet – so says Drax Retail CEO, Jonathan Kini, in a...

Opus Energy recognised as winning brand for small businesses | Opus Energy
06.11.2017

Opus Energy recognised as winning brand for small businesses

In the space of one week, Opus Energy has been awarded ‘Utilities Provider of the Year’ and named one of the top ten ‘healthiest...

How blockchain could revolutionise the energy industry
18.10.2017

How blockchain could revolutionise the energy industry

Blockchain has burst on to the scene and into the collective consciousness over the last few months. The technology is lauded as a gamechanger...

Opus Energy shortlisted for the British Small Business Awards
10.10.2017

Opus Energy shortlisted for the British Small Business Awards

We’re thrilled to announce that Opus Energy has been shortlisted for the British Small Business Awards 2017. Thanks to our commitment to SMEs, Opus...

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05.10.2017

How to engage your staff with smart meters: the report

Engaging your team with smart meters is not only a good way to educate them about the roll-out that’s sweeping the nation, but it...

Our UK renewable power generation, at a glance
03.10.2017

Our UK renewable power generation, at a glance

Opus Energy is committed to sustainability – last year, 90% of the energy supplied to our customers came from renewable sources, at no extra...

Reaching boiling point: When solar panels overheat
29.09.2017

Reaching boiling point: When solar panels overheat

Solar power plays a huge role in the global energy mix. In 2016, it was estimated to make up almost 230 GW of capacity...

Dam impressive: Norway leads Europe for hydropower
21.09.2017

Dam impressive: Norway leads Europe for hydropower

When it comes to renewable energy, there are a couple of big players in the global game – and Norway is one of them....

The challenges of decarbonisation: How does a country go carbon neutral?
15.09.2017

The challenges of decarbonisation: How does a country go carbon neutral?

Thanks to the huge role that electricity plays in our day-to-day lives, we – our businesses and homes – have become dependent on it....

Future gazing: Where will the energy industry be in 2050?
08.09.2017

Future gazing: Where will the energy industry be in 2050?

The National Grid has released its annual report, Future Energy Scenarios, which predicts how the national energy network may look and operate in the...

How do we put wind farms in the sea?
01.09.2017

How do we put wind farms in the sea?

Wind power has gone from strength to strength, becoming a popular source of renewable power. As an energy source, it is limitless, and the...

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24.08.2017

Latest research says smart meters are on the up

A new report on public awareness of smart meters has been published, showing that 97% of the British public are now aware of smart...

Energy theft: The dangers you need to know about
10.08.2017

Energy theft: The dangers you need to know about

Energy theft is an issue that causes major problems both for the energy supplier and energy consumer. At best, it's an illegal activity that...

Everything you need to know about the European Super Grid
28.07.2017

Everything you need to know about the European Super Grid

Renewable power is taking off across the globe; the UK has become the home of the worlds’ largest wind turbines, while battery technology is...

Could hydrogen be the energy storage solution of the future?
27.07.2017

Could hydrogen be the energy storage solution of the future?

The take-up of renewable energy sources is well underway all across the world, but as countries concentrate their efforts on moving to renewable sources,...

World’s largest wind turbines are helping Opus Energy meet renewable requirements
14.07.2017

World’s largest wind turbines are helping Opus Energy meet renewable requirements

The UK is now home to the largest wind turbines in the world, and they’re helping to Opus Energy to meet its renewable energy...

6 renewable energy projects in the UK to be excited about this year
30.06.2017

6 renewable energy projects in the UK to be excited about this year

We’ve had a great year for renewable energy. In recent news, the UK enhanced its status as a world leader in offshore wind, while...

Project Nexus is complete: What was it, and what happened?
15.06.2017

Project Nexus is complete: What was it, and what happened?

Xoserve, the administrator of the UK gas network, has announced that Project Nexus was successfully completed on 1st June. The project, an infrastructural upgrade...

Record-breaking renewables contribute more than half of the UK’s electricity on single day
12.06.2017

Record-breaking renewables contribute more than half of the UK’s electricity on single day

Renewable energy sources have written themselves into the record books and the history books in the UK, generating more than 50% of the country’s...

Ofgem’s Smarter Markets programme: What's affecting the business energy market?
02.06.2017

Ofgem’s Smarter Markets programme: What's affecting the business energy market?

Smart meters are coming – that much everyone knows. But they’re just one element of a move towards a “smarter market”: a term coined...

The illustrated step-by-step guide to anaerobic digestion
11.05.2017

The illustrated step-by-step guide to anaerobic digestion

Would you recognise an anaerobic digestion plant if you saw one? Shaun Heasman, Renewables Specialist at Opus Energy, knows them inside out – and...

The Internet of Things will change the energy industry as we know it
28.04.2017

The Internet of Things will change the energy industry as we know it

Connecting to the internet has come a long way since the loud, clunky process of firing up the dial-up. And we’re no longer sat...

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27.04.2017

Blog / We raised £30k for charity last year – here’s where it’s going

We’ve had a lot of exciting moments at Opus Energy over the last year – a new office in Cardiff, the announcement of a...

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04.04.2017

The ultimate guide to renewable energy sources

Electricity generated from algae. Heat harnessed from the depths of the Earth’s core. There’s more to renewable energy than wind turbines and solar panels...

Hawaiian island of Kauai to run entirely on Tesla battery grid storage system
28.03.2017

Hawaiian island of Kauai to run entirely on Tesla battery grid storage system

The Hawaiin island of Kauai has taken a step towards decarbonisation by getting rid of its diesel fuel generators in favour of a battery...

5 steps to becoming a brilliant apprentice (image 1)
01.03.2017

The 5 steps to becoming a brilliant apprentice

When it comes to apprentices, the stats are pretty clear – they’re very good for business, and they’re very good for careers. Take a...

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31.01.2017

Take caution – fraudulent emails claiming to be from Opus Energy

We have just been informed that fraudulent emails are being sent to individuals, falsely claiming to be sent by Opus Energy.

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06.12.2016

Opus Energy announces sale to Drax Group

We are pleased to announce that we have entered into a binding conditional agreement for the sale of our entire issued share capital to...

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26.10.2016

Understanding your energy bill

When it comes to reading your energy bill, you’re probably one of two people: a skimmer or a reader. If you’re a skimmer, you...

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23.10.2016

LEON moves to 100% renewable energy

Naturally fast food chain LEON has switched to a green energy deal made up of 100% renewable energy.

Opus Energy's Cardiff office at the Capital Quarter
19.10.2016

Opus Energy arrives in Cardiff

As part of Opus Energy’s continuing expansion and development of our customer service and support offering, we’ve opened a new office in Cardiff, South...

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10.10.2016

96% of Opus Energy’s electricity is renewable (and it didn’t cost customers a penny more)

Opting to be powered by renewable energy can be costly, and you often have to choose a custom energy contract with a specialist supplier...

Opus Energy surges to #6 in Sunday Times Top Track 250
03.10.2016

Opus Energy surges to #6 in Sunday Times Top Track 250

Last year, we were thrilled to see Opus Energy move up 20 places to #19 in the 2015 Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track...

Ofgem announces industry-changing P272 update – so what is it?
03.08.2016

Ofgem announces industry-changing P272 update – so what is it?

A project that’s overhauling electricity billing as we know it is now expanding to affect all consumers in Great Britain. Thanks to new Ofgem...

Google uses pioneering AI to cut its energy bills
22.07.2016

Google uses pioneering AI to cut its energy bills

In a 150,000 sq m room sits one of Google’s huge data centres. Pulsing through its many servers are cat videos, Netflix downloads and...

Come rain or shine: A history of Wimbledon weather
07.07.2016

Come rain or shine: A history of Wimbledon weather

The Wimbledon Championships is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and, arguably, the most prestigious. Fans can expect gameplay across 19 grass courts,...

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30.06.2016

LEON works with Opus Energy to get 100% solar power

Naturally fast food chain LEON is furthering its commitment to renewable energy by moving to exclusively using 100% solar power in celebration of the...

Bangladeshi answer to free air-con is rubbish
23.06.2016

Bangladeshi answer to free air-con is rubbish

In rural areas of Bangladesh where the risk of flooding is high, as much as 70% of the population lives in corrugated tin huts....

14 little-known facts about wind energy
10.05.2016

13 little-known facts about wind energy

Wind is one of the fastest growing and most widely used sources of renewable energy on the planet, and for a good reason! It’s...

How electric cars are driving change
24.02.2016

How electric cars are driving change

Over the past few years, there has been a huge surge in the number of electric cars, with around 50,000 plug-in vehicles on the...

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16.02.2016

Opus Energy announces 2,000th renewable energy generator

The town of Doune is perched on the hills of Scotland in the historic district of Stirling. Recently it also became the home of...

World’s biggest solar plant opens in Morocco
25.11.2015

World’s biggest solar plant opens in Morocco

The world’s biggest solar thermal plant is being opened next month in the Moroccan city of Ouarzazate. The huge plant, which will cover the...

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06.11.2015

6 Things you didn’t know about smart meters

Smart meters are the latest thing in energy efficiency and can help your business save money each and every year. Here we look at the...

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14.10.2015

Opus Energy powers to #19 in Sunday Times Top Track 250

It was announced on Sunday 11th October that Opus Energy at now ranked at #19, setting us ahead of well-known UK brands such as...

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15.09.2015

Mastering energy management with peak and off-peak electricity

With the rollout of smart meters happening countrywide, the amount of energy we’re using is now more transparent than it’s even been before.

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11.09.2015

The happiest energy customers have smart meters

Smart meters are making smart people happy, and those who don’t have smart meters are less confident.  That’s what the latest market research says...

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22.07.2015

Big Six dominance broken by Opus Energy, reveals new report

Competition is hitting the Big Six as it’s been revealed that Opus Energy has broken their dominance in the business energy market.

Blog / Opus Energy wins Innovation in Business award!
04.06.2015

Blog / Opus Energy wins Innovation in Business award!

It’s been an amazing year for Opus Energy – having just been named in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For...

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15.05.2015

Are your old appliances costing you money?

The arrival of domestic, fridge-sized batteries that can sit in your home and store self-generated energy is promising to change the face of energy...

Meet the apprentices (and their parents)
09.04.2015

Meet the Opus Energy apprentices (and their parents)

Local talent is something we’re really proud to promote at Opus Energy, and our employees are valuable assets to the company. March 2015 saw...

Blog / Opus Energy named in The Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For list
01.03.2015

Opus Energy named in Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For!

After being ranked number one for SME customer service in the latest Datamonitor survey, we’re very proud to announce that Opus Energy is now...

8 of the strangest renewable energy sources you’ve never heard of
13.01.2015

8 of the strangest renewable energy sources you’ve never heard of

In case you were in danger of thinking that you’d seen everything, the technology world has turned its attention to creating the most imaginative...

Anaerobic digestion: What makes this renewable energy source so great?
06.01.2015

Anaerobic digestion: What makes this renewable energy source so great?

With the UK’s first ever ‘Bio-Bus’ now on the streets, it’s about time that we got to know a little bit more about the...

Renewable energy straight from the zoo
10.10.2014

Renewable energy straight from the zoo

Where does your renewable energy come from? Does a zoo power you? If you are an Opus Energy customer then there is a chance...

Understanding your energy invoice
01.09.2014

Understanding your energy invoice

This week is Small Business Advice Week, so we’ll be sharing a daily advice blog to help small businesses with important energy topics. Firstly,...

The benefits of using smart meters – A quick guide - main image
01.07.2014

The benefits of using smart meters – A quick guide

There is a lot of information about smart meters floating around on the internet, so we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve distilled...