Archive for October, 2015

While the official Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) deadline remains 5 December for qualifying organisations, updated guidelines from the Environment Agency indicate the those failing to comply by then will not face penalties as long as compliance is submitted by 29 January 2016.

Although not an official extension, the EA says it “reflects the ability to exercise discretion when taking enforcement action.” In reality those companies that have made an effort to comply – appointed an ESOS Lead Assessor, begun the data collection and site audit process – will not face sanctions as long as they complete the audit by the end of January next year.

It’s important to note, however, that companies must still submit details of their ESOS process by 5 December, even if it’s just an explanation of why the 5 December deadline won’t be met and what they’re doing to complete the process.

As of mid-October only around 375 business had notified the EA of compliance out of an approximate 14,000 eligible organisations.

If you’re still to start the ESOS process (or having problems) do get in touch to see how one of Energy & Carbon Management’s Lead Assessors can help.

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New research from Cornwall Energy has found that competition in the business energy market is greater than ever before – there are now 39 business electricity and 33 gas suppliers.

Coupled with low wholesale energy markets this should be good news for energy users, with around 24% of electricity consumption now supplied by new market entrants.

The plethora of suppliers and variation of tariffs and T&Cs also means the energy landscape is more complex than ever before, however. Ensuring that your understand your contract is important, for instance:

  • is the offer fixed price ie includes charges such as the Renewables Obligation, Feed-in-Tariff etc, or are these excluded from the unit rates and passed through by suppliers in addition to the published unit rate?
  • what happens if your consumption changes significantly – are there volume tolerance penalties that could be invoked if you use more/less than the annual estimated quantity in your contract?

A number of electricity suppliers are now offering innovative products that help avoid or reduce consumption at the most expensive times (generally mid-winter afternoons). As the price of electricity varies depending on when it’s being used, by reducing consumption at peak times you could make substantial savings – but it’s important to understand how suppliers do this and whether it’s appropriate for your operations.

Working with an experienced energy consultant means you can understand fully the various contract and product options and ensure that you gain both the best price but also the service and flexibility you need – so do get in touch.