Enviroenergy – March 2020

The Coronavirus Covid-19 public health emergency touches all businesses in so many ways. Ability to supply, customer demand, customer ability to pay.
People rely on Enviroenergy for heating so the heat station has to be kept going. It has to keep taking the steam to turn into electricity and the hot water to supply the district heating scheme. So that’s where the focus is and the control engineers are being given maximum support.
All the other staff are working from home.
Support is also being offered to people who may be struggling to pay the bills, but whilst emergency credit is being offered (like other suppliers), for heat customers who pay via a prepayment card, they still have to get updates from the point of sale machines (cos that’s how the technology is).

Outturn for end of 2019/20 is likely to be £1/4m better than expected 12 months ago, but there are still a few days to go, and some of our customers (e.g. the shopping centres) are not likely to be drawing the heat they might usually do.
We are also affected by the global changes in energy prices.
Looking to the future, we are hoping to expand in the future, supply heating to the Island site as it is developed and even offer heat station management services to other businesses.

Public Health Emergency

The Coronoavirus Covid-19 pandemic is the worst since the 1918 influenza pandemic and is happening in a global age.
A worrying time for everyone, cos none of us know of the like.
How do we do the best for our family members and friends, some of whom will be very dependent on others for help?

Follow the government advice.

The advice on what to do is – follow the government advice.
Nottingham City Council’s response and actions are available. You can phone the council on 01159155555.

I am following government advice on social distancing.
Councillors’ Advice Surgeries have been cancelled.
But you can still reach me.
My contact details are available and you can phone or text me on 07876203352.
You can write to me at michael.edwards@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Lilian Greenwood MP continues to reach out to her constituents.
My trade union, TSSA, continues to represent its members.
Responses of other service providers –
Nottingham City Transport
Nottingham Express Transit
Nottingham City Homes

If you want to help on COVID-19

Nottingham City Council’s focus is on help the most vulnerable who need access to food and medication and we are awaiting a list from the NHS of people who need our support the most. We will be prioritising support for these people before moving on to identifying and responding to other needs.

How can individuals help?
By Monday there will be a single phone line operated by Nottinghamshire County Council with the support of Nottingham City Council where you can register your interest to be a volunteer.

If you would like to donate to help those who are vulnerable please donate to the Robin Hood Fund

How can organisations and community groups help?
A spreadsheet has been set up on SharePoint to allow organisations to log their offers of help. Please visit this spreadsheet and fill out the details required or contact NCVS or Nottingham Citizens and ask them to add your organisation to the list:

What should I do if any concerns are raised to me or if I become aware of community tensions?
Please report any community tensions to cpintelligence@Nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk so that these can be monitored and responded to.

Whilst there is plenty to rehearse and discuss about the Government’s policies and actions, how it has differed from the responses of other countries, and indeed may well be rehearsed elsewhere on this web-site or in my Facebook account,

I will not seek to re-state the Government’s advice.
My advice on what to do is – follow the government advice.

Covid-19

The Government advice is available and it’s best to follow this.

The measures needed to reduce the spread of the disease is a challenge to a highly developed economy which has developed business on the basis of just in time supply and delivery; shopping too; work on the basis of extensive commuting; and cuts core public services that look out for public health and emergency planning.

Back around 2009 and the then Swine Flu, we had increased the number of emergency planners in Nottingham by 2, and Cllr. Sally Longford referred to how the emergency pandemic plans had been lifted straight off the shelf. (Kinda interesting to pick up on how some of the vibes have changed.) Anyway, the cuts have meant a reduction in emergency planners.

The reports of panic buying are a bit of a surprise; not personally witnessed it. I now feel bad for buying 18 toilet roll in an offer 3 weeks ago! One of the things we need to slow down the spread of a virus is for everybody to wash their hands with soap and even to use disinfecting gel and that can’t happen if we have shortages. And what of those assertions that the British had the grit to see through the deprivation of World War II?