Energy Bytes is intended to help people working in the building and energy sectors access information relevant to new developments in government energy efficiency policy and research.

We hope this saves you time when hunting for information for your own publications, presentations and day-to-day work and that Energy Bytes proves to be a useful resource.

Energy Bytes began in 2013, originally posting only on government publications on energy efficiency. From July 2015 our posts have covered a broader range of sources.

Who is Energy Bytes for?

Anyone with an interest in policy on energy efficiency in buildings, including:

  • Policymakers
  • Trade bodies
  • Consumer groups
  • Commercial organisations
  • Voluntary and not for profit organisations
  • Researchers
  • Journalists
  • MPs

Who are we?

We are Nicola O’Connor, Charlotte Lee and Nicola Collins.

nicola Head and shoulders b&wNicola O’Connor worked for the UK government for ten years as a senior policy advisor (including five years in sustainability and energy efficiency policy), before leaving to set up Mandarin Research Limited. Mandarin’s mission is to promote the use of good information, evidence and strategic thinking in the energy efficiency sector. Mandarin therefore indulges Nicola´s “geek” tendencies. Click here for more information on Mandarin Research Limited.



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Charlotte started her career working for Ecuity (formally JDS Associates) a sustainable energy focused public affairs company. Ecuity ran the Micropower Council a trade association which specialised in policy surrounding microgeneration of which Charlotte was the lead on RHI and Green Deal. Charlotte’s policy specialisms included the FIT, RHI, Green Deal and Part L of the building regulations. Charlotte read Politics and International Relations at Reading University.

Charlotte curently works as Public Affairs Manager at a Certification Body (in the competent person scheme sector), offering MCS, Green Deal, electrical, plumbing and heating certification. This gives Charlotte a wide knowledge of many policy areas involving the built environment, while remaining up to date with energy policy more generally.

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Nicola Collins has worked as a policy advisor for the UK government in a number of departments over the last five years, including on energy efficiency policy. Nicola maintains a strong interest in the energy efficiency sector, particularly related to domestic buildings, keeping up to date with the latest developments.




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