Firstly I’d like to wish all our readers a very happy new year. Looking forward to 2014 one area of the industry to keep a close eye on will be the development of the government’s Green Deal initiative.

Lack of promotion at government level is currently creating confusion and has left many fearing for the future of the scheme. In his latest column for Electrical Engineering, Steve Bratt, CEO of the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), goes into greater detail on page 26 of the December/January issue of Electrical Engineering.

In addition, the availability of power is not rising in line with increased demand, and this will also be a hot topic over the next twelve months. As such our UPS & standby power feature discusses the future challenges and what precautions can be made for when/if the lights go out.

Other features in our December/January issue include test & measurement, thermal imaging, machine safety, hazardous area equipment, building controls, panel building, plus a look ahead to the 2014 Southern Manufacturing show being held once again at FIVE, Farnborough – page 22.

Click here to view the digital issue for December/January 2014.

Joe Bush, Editor