Archive for the ‘General’ Category

Water Rates to de-regulate April 17

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

In April 2017 the remainder of the UK water market will de-regulate following on from Scotland pioneering such de-regulation back in 2008.

This means that all businesses within England and Wales can, for the first time, choose which water supplier they want to use. Up until now only the very largest users of water in England and Wales have been free to switch suppliers.

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Brexit and Your Energy Bills

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

It is fair to say that following the EU referendum just about everything has been in turmoil, and energy prices, which are so often volatile, have not escaped this uncertainty.

In fact following the country’s decision to Brexit our energy prices are nearing a nine-month high as various doom-laden scenarios are mooted. The fact that there was a uneasiness about future supply long before we Brexited has only added to the woe and to an increase in prices.

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Landlords Beware! – new EU regulations to protect tenants

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

As with a lot of EU Directives these days another one has slipped in with, what seems, the hope of catching out the unwary and imposing penalties on them for non-compliance!

This time the targets are landlords, both residential and commercial, and the directive in question is the snazzy named Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014.

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What is P272 and does it affect me?

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

P272 is the name for a new Ofgem regulation that will affect how electricity usage and charges are calculated in future for certain supplies.

The regulation will only affect you if your supply is Profile 05, 06, 07 or 08, often called Maximum Demand Supplies. Check the MPAN supply number on your bill. Look for a letter “S” followed by two rows of numbers, and if the first two digits on the top line are 05 – 08 you are affected.

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ESOS Update: Environment Agency to defer enforcement action

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

New guidance from The Environment Agency has confirmed that it is not expecting to take enforcement action for late notification of compliance with the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS), provided it is received by 29 January 2016,.

ESOS is a mandatory energy efficiency assessment scheme designed to comply with new EU rules. The government believes it can deliver £1.6bn of net benefits to the UK, with the majority of these being directly felt by businesses as a result of energy savings.

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Connectivity is King Now!

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

Every business, regardless of the sector they operate in, has a growing reliance on their internet connection to the point where it has become a business critical element. Marketing, orders, delivery, payment, customer service, all rely on a sound internet connection to a certain degree.

Despite this dependence so many businesses are still making do with the most basic of broadband connections, with high contention rates, and fluctuating performance dictated by the time of day.

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How is your electricity price calculated?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

The general perception about electricity prices is that the price you pay is just made up from the wholesale cost of the electricity plus the margin your supplier adds to that price.

Whereas these elements do create some of the cost the wholesale price of the electricity is sometimes less than half of the overall price you pay.

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UK Calling initiative simplifies call charges

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

If your business currently uses 084, 087, 09 and 118 numbers then you need to be aware of changes taking place that will simplify call charges to these numbers. The new charging system (the access and service charges) applies to calls made from residential lines and consumer mobile phones. Phone operators will continue to have flexibility over how they charge for these calls from business phones.

UK Calling is a new Ofcom initiative coming into play from 1st July, which aims to make the cost of calling these service numbers clearer for everyone.

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What is P272?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The intriguingly named P272 is a piece of regulation that was introduced by OFGEM in October 2014 that is due to come into force in April 2016. It relates to those businesses who have what are called maximum demand meters with an automatic meter reading meter (Smart meter) fitted.

The regulation states that from April 2016 these supplies must be settled on the same basis that Half Hourly meters are using actual Half Hourly (HH) consumption data. This means settlement using an industry wide forecast to allocate electricity volumes to each suppler.

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Electricity Market Reform Explained

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Electricity Market Reform (EMR) is the Government’s response to the three main issues facing the UK energy market in the future – reducing carbon emissions in the generation of electricity, securing constant supply, and minimising the price paid by the consumer.

EMR was introduced by the Energy Act 2013 and will see the introduction of two new reforms to the energy market, the Contracts for Difference (CfD) and Capacity Market, from the end of 2014.

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