WEMS International powers up with BT

ENERGY savings specialist WEMS International, has won a key new contract with telecoms group BT.

The private equity-backed Stockport company says its technology will help BT reduce electricity demand at peak times.  
The contract requires WEMS to provide the critical control, signalling and monitoring required by BT to meet its commitment to enhance ‘Demand Response’ capability to the National Grid.  

This contract builds on a long-standing relationship between WEMS and BT and has seen the North West company provide advanced energy management and monitoring technology at over 2,300 BT sites, delivering energy savings of £15.8m per year.
Demand Response is a service which BT will offer to the National Grid which reduces its electricity load during periods of peak demand.

WEMS’ wireless technology will monitor the status of the engine sets and engine tanks at 415 BT sites. The system will enable BT engineers to be confident that back-up capacity can be provided without causing any adverse impact to service or environmental conditions.
Chief executive Paul Summers said: “We have been working with BT for many years and we are delighted to be the technology solutions partner on this Demand Response project.

“Demand response schemes such as this enable businesses like BT to provide critical additional capacity to National Grid and I am very pleased we can play at part in this initiative. Our technology is already installed at over 2,300 BT sites and this latest contract win demonstrates the key role we play in the management of energy usage across BT’s estate.”

WEMS – which stands for Wireless Energy Management Systems – is backed by institutional investors WHEB Partners and Hermes GPE, which acquired a majority stake in the business in 2012.