As a result of the global turn down and the rising cost of energy, there is a greater interest on using and saving energy. Not since the fuel crisis of the 1970’s, has there been this much focus. Whether your primary source of energy is gas, electricity, oil, coal or one of the emerging fuel sources like one of the BIO-fuels the need for excellence in design and consistently accurate  measurement and control has never been more important.

The need to control your energy costs has always been a matter of good sense but with the advent of rising energy prices and the focus on Carbon Reduction it could also make the difference between success and failure. If business life was not complicated enough there is also a growing number of Directives and legislation governing energy use and carbon reduction which are beginning to impact on our daily lives.

With over 30 years experience in the gas and energy industry Tuffentech is an independent consultancy that can provide technical services and solutions in every aspect of energy management. Although Tuffentech has world class expertise in Gas Measurement and Utilisation, we can assist you with all your energy management issues.

Author Note

Vic is widely acknowledged as one of the foremost authorities on meter lifecycle management in the Industry. Few people have the breadth and depth of experience that he has amassed over 30 years in the Industry. He joined British Gas North Western in 1980 as a Gas Engineering Technical Apprentice and after completing the 4 year course held several positions in the Regional Service Department both in the domestic but specialising in the non-domestic market. He left the region in 1993 and joined the Emergency and Meterwork Project. In 1996 he joined Transco where he progressed to Principle Engineer for Metering before moving to Advantica where he managed the R&D and technical support teams for metering. In 2002 he moved to GWi as their Divisional Head of Engineering where he remained until he established Tuffentech Services in 2008 providing consultancy and technical solutions to the Energy and Utility sector. Today he is actively involved at committee level for both IGEM and the EUA whom he represents at the DECC Smart Metering group for Consumer Engagement and Roll Out.  Vic and Cath are now enjoying their 25th year of marriage and they have three grown up daughters. Outside work, Vic is a Foundation Governor at Lutterworth College and continues to play drums with his band, Blurred Vision.

– Vic Tuffen IEng FIGEM

Technical Director