Archive for July, 2015

New measures introduced by Ofgem are about to change the way that thousands of businesses are charged for electricity.

From 5 November 2015 organisations with automatic meters (ie those that record electricity consumption half-hourly and are read remotely) will have this half-hourly consumption data used to work out supplier energy and network costs.

This is important as it means suppliers will change the way in which they charge these organisations, as the cost of buying and transporting electricity varies depending on the time of year and time of day: for instance, it is significantly higher during winter early evenings when demand peaks.

Around 115,000 organisations already have their costs calculated in this way, with the new ruling affecting around 155,000 supply points – those with a Meter Administration Point Number (MPAN) profile classes beginning with 05, 06 or 07 (the first 2 digits of the 22-digit supply identification MPAN). Those beginning with 00, 01, 02, 03 and 04 will see no change.

While the intention is to offer these businesses cheaper off-peak electricity and therefore incentivise them to cut consumption at peak periods, it could lead to higher costs for those which have little choice on when they use power (eg schools).

It’s important to understand how these changes might affect you so do get in touch with your supplier, who should explain any changes. It’s also likely to make it even more worthwhile to shop around for your next contract, particularly with the help of a consultant who understands how your business operates and what contract may be most suitable.

If you’re not sure whether these changes affect you do get in touch.

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According to the latest reports, by the end of May only 32 companies had reported compliance with the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) from the roughly 14,000 who qualify.

While most eligible companies are now aware of ESOS, with less than 6 months to go there’s much work still to be done to gather data, conduct site audits and develop the recommendations that will make the whole process worthwhile.

For those yet to get a grip with ESOS there’s a risk that certified ESOS Lead Auditors will be in short supply in the run up to the 5 December deadline, and those still available may push their prices up, while missing the deadline could result in hefty fines.

Do get in touch to discuss the different ways to meet the ESOS requirements and, as importantly, ensure your organisation benefits from the process.