Posts Tagged ‘business gas’

Why are UK energy prices increasing at such a rate?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2018

Electricity and, to a lesser extent, gas prices have rocketed up over the past 6 – 8 months putting additional pressure on UK businesses. Price have increased in some cases by up to 30%.

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Why are energy prices increasing when wholesale cost isn’t?

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Energy price increases like to be sensationalised by the press. They usually cite the fact that wholesale prices have dropped as proof of profiteering.

Don’t get me wrong I am not one to back the energy suppliers and their price increases. However, there are other circumstances to take into account apart from their desire to increase profits.

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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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Secure your low energy prices whilst you can

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

 

With energy prices at their lowest for a number of years now is the time to act and secure savings before expected increases come through later in the year.

The energy “price cut” headlines have been doing the rounds for the past few weeks. However, these current reductions do not herald the start of long term lower prices, they are merely a blip before the uncertainty of future supply and proposed new supply and distribution charges will push prices up once again.

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Energy Efficiency Starts With Being Smart

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Led lighting, solar panels, PV panels, biomass boilers, building control systems, ground heat pumps, wind turbines…….. The number of energy efficient solutions within the market place today is vast and confusing, but if this is your bag are you in danger of putting the cart before the horse?

Every energy efficiency solution is backed by reams of data proving the amount of energy you can save which is great, but if you don’t understand what energy you use now then how can you measure the energy you save in the future?

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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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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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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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8 Ways to Reduce Heat Loss from Your Buildings

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

On average around two thirds of heat from a typical office building is lost through the building fabric (walls, floors and ceilings). It therefore makes good sense to make improvements in this area during a major refurbishment project, and/or prior to replacing or upgrading any existing heating system.

Many businesses in the UK occupy old or dated sites so a well designed refurbishment project, whatever the size or nature, will provide an ideal opportunity to integrate energy efficiency into the fabric of the building.

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