The ESTA aM&T Group provides a dedicated trade body to support ESTA members who provide a range of products and services targeted at measuring, acquiring, managing, processing and analysing energy data in the pursuance of energy efficiency.
The aM&T Group is all about achieving that strong foundation of energy data necessary to make informed decisions regarding energy and cost reduction. Its’ values include not only the professionalism which its’ members demonstrate to clients but also a willingness to work with other members so as to form a strong link in what is often a chain or products and services required to effectively take a client from initial measurement to full understanding.
To attract new members, retain existing members and grow in size and influence. Establish the Group as both the leading authority on aM&T issues as well as the preferred source of aM&T equipment, software and service providers.
To encourage sharing and exchange of knowledge both within the aM&T group and also with other ESTA specialist groups.
To influence government and energy industry policy and regulation as well as the development of technical standards in order to support and, where possible, incentivise the adoption of aM&T as a path toward energy reduction and demand-side management.
To identify barriers to the adoption of aM&T and work together to remove or mitigate same.
Interact with other ESTA specialist groups to promote expertise within aM&T and learn about expertise and opportunities from other groups.
To introduce a forum for information exchange between members in aM&T and also with other group members either by seeking to reintroduce the ‘round table’ discussions or finding some suitable alternative.
To contact all members to encourage more regular attendance at members’ meetings.
To plan a promotion to attract new members.
Continue to build on the successful February aM&T event.
To find ways of reinforcing the aM&T brand and its’ values.
To look at how the revised ESTA website can be used to further promote individual member businesses. Revisit the ‘Ask ESTA’ format – is there a route for customers to lodge an opportunity via ESTA which accesses all ESTA expertise in one hit?
To establish a mechanism for highlighting relevant changes to legislation and regulation and for undertaking appropriate lobbying and consultation responses.
Tony Taylor started his career with the South Wales Electricity Board in 1978. Roles included industrial metering, heating design, industrial energy efficiency and applications advice and energy efficiency for commercial organisations. In 1994 Tony moved to Celtic Contracting (later Hyder Infrastructure) to head up the business development team and helped broaden the business from power systems contracting to facilities maintenance and become a national and international business with over 1000 staff. Facilities maintenance experience was put to good use at Norland Managed Services in 2003, securing a number of multi-site contracts with blue-chip clients such as National Grid. In 2004 Tony joined Utility Partnership Limited (UPL) initially to head up business development in this rapidly growing utility consultancy. Over the 10 years at UPL, Tony undertook board-level roles ranging from metering and data to bill validation, energy contracts, energy efficiency services, business development, contract commercial diligence and even product development of data logging equipment. It was during this period that Tony got involved with ESTA, initially bringing in UPL as a member and playing an active role in the then Metering and Monitoring Group. From 2010 to 2014 Tony supported ESTA’s involvement with Ofgem and DECC in the planning of the GB Smart Metering programme, representing ESTA on a number of workgroups. In 2013 Tony became Chair of ESTA’s MMG Group (now the aM&T Group) and in 2015 became Chair of the ESTA ASPCoP Group for gas aM&T. In 2014 Tony played a key role in supporting the due-diligence leading to the successful acquisition of UPL by the SMS-plc group. Tony now runs specialist consultancy TT Utilities Ltd.
Percy Albuquerque is a director/project manager of PA Energy and vice chair of the automated monitoring and targeting group (aM&T) of ESTA (Energy Services & Technology Association). He has been involved in continuous design, installation and deployment of automated metering systems since 2003. Percy worked as a consultant and non-executive director with pioneers of internet based metering Qonnectis plc in 2003 and developed business which led to organisations such as Scottish Water, Associated British Ports, Magnox Nuclear and the NHS in England and Wales to early stage deployments of such utility management techniques. He was also managing director and vice president of sales and marketing of Radix Micro Devices plc UK and Radix Corporation (Salt Lake City, USA), the firm designed and manufactured rugged mobile computers and developed Oracle based software applications for use in meter reading by utility companies in 50 countries.