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Wondering how P272 will effect your company's energy bills?

P272 is a mandatory change instigated by OFGEM which will effect all profile classes 5-8 that have Automatic Meter Reading (ARM) installed. When the changes take effect all metres that fall within these profile classes with AMR fitted will be charged using the half hourly data instead of a pre determined price.

This will be implemented by the 1st of April 2017, although some suppliers are campaigning to have that pushed back to avoid their customers having to change their contact mid may through their current arrangements.

Wondering why diesel is now cheaper than petrol? Here’s why

You would have noticed over the past two months that the price of diesel has slowly crept lower than that of petrol. Prices of both diesel and petrol have been falling since the price of oil crashed in the back end of 2014. Supermarkets have been very aggressive with their price cuts and this month have slashed diesel prices by 5p per litre, with the average cost of a litre of diesel now sitting at 112 pence.

Key energy reforms for businesses in the budget

The budget delivered by George Osborne on the 8th of July has had a massive effect on the energy sector. A major part of that budget was the removal of the Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption from renewable energy. The CCL tax effects non domestic users and was created as an incentive for companies to be more energy efficient, however, companies using renewable energy sources were exempt. The Chancellor decided that this was unfair, as it had meant that it was benefiting renewable energy produced abroad.

Gas and power contracts fall again

Seasonal gas and electricity contracts reached record lows in July, as winter storage worries were offset by lower oil prices. A strong pound against the euro, as well as an announcement that additional storage for the winter had been approved helped keep prices on a downward trend.

Annual October 15 gas fell to average 44.7p/th, a 2.7% reduction over the month and Winter 15 contracts fell by 2.3% to reach their lowest point since 2010. Electricity prices followed gas prices with the winter 15 contracts falling by 1% to average £45.4/MWh.

Facebook to unveil solar powered drone

Facebook has announced that it will be testing a solar powered drone that will be able to stay in the air for up to three months. This plane will then provide internet access to the areas of the world that have limited to no access currently.

The idea stemmed from the solar powered drone which has recently broke the world record for flying around the world using solar power. Facebooks version will be the size of a Boeing 737 jet and will require helium filled balloons to bring it to the correct altitude.

Glasgow Airport saves £11,000 in energy costs

Glasgow Airport has announced that it has saved £11,000 on its energy usage by implamenting energy management measures. The measures included switching to energy efficient vending machines and LED lighting throughout the site. Almost 600 staff were also trained in energy efficiency, which will help to keep day to day energy waste costs at a minimum.

Centrica to cut 6,000 jobs

Centrica has stated that it will be cutting 6,000 jobs after the British Gas side of the company had reported a doubling of its profits for the first part of the year. The majority of the job losses will effect the UK and Centrica is hoping that the majority of the job losses will be through redundancies.

The profits of British Gas have risen from 265 million to £528 million from this point last year, and Centrica has promised to create more jobs in other areas of their business to compensate for the 6,000 they will be cutting.

Why have some businesses still not acted on ESOS?

There has been a huge push by the industry to raise awareness of ESOS through articles, webinars, seminars and workshops, yet there are still some companies that have not started to act on ESOS yet. With the December the 5th deadline now fast approaching, you would think that the majority of companies that must comply, would have at least started to gather the information required for the audit, however, this is not the case.

Gas discovery made in the North Sea

A gas discovery has been made in the North Sea in one of its most mature regions, by Norwegian oil and gas firm Statoil and its partner Total E&P Norge. This comes on the same day that the UK authorities have granted 41 offshore exploration licences in a round of awards.

Critics have pointed out that the award to drill does not mean that the company’s will actually drill, however the opposing side state that the fact there is huge demand for the licences shows that the UK’s North Sea oil and gas industry are still attractive.

Boris Johnson plans to make London the ultra low emission capital of Europe

The London Mayor and Uxbridge MP Boris Johnson has announced his plans to make London the Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) capitol of Europe. The plans include developing areas of certain boroughs where ULEV’s will be able to gain access to preferential parking and charges. It is believed that this will create an incentive for people to but the vehicles, with them being able to park closer to their destination for a cheaper price.

Solar and biomass subsidies to be slashed

The Government has set out its plans to reduce business energy costs and residential energy costs. The plans centre around the scrapping of subsidies for solar and biomass generation, which has been highly criticised by environmental groups that claim it is a massive step backwards for the UK’s renewable energy industry.

Primary schools switch to four week summer holiday

Two primary schools from Lincolnshire have decided to opt for a four week summer holiday instead of a six week holiday. This is something that has been widely debated over the past 3 years, with some experts claiming that six weeks is to long of a break. Others argue that with the amount of information children are expected to digest through term time, they need a long break to allow their minds to rest and prepare for the following year, where the workload jumps up a level.

Iran to make global oil market return

With Iranian nuclear talks finished and Iran about to make a return to the global oil market, many people are asking what sort of impact it will make on oil prices. Many people expect the increased supply will cause a decrease in price, however, the Russian Energy Minister disagrees. He believes it will not impact global oil prices at all, as the market has already adjusted to accommodate increased supply from Iran.

EU urged to toughen air pollution targets

There has been calls for the EU to act upon its air pollution levels, which are reportedly responsible for 400,000 premature deaths each year. The environmental Members of the European Parliament have stated that a 70% reduction in air pollution could save anywhere up to £40 billion by 2030.

Diesel vehicles blamed for London’s poor air quality

Boris Johnson the London Mayor has been urged to take action to lower the amount of pollution diesel cars are causing. This comes after the London Assembly, who scrutinise the mayors annual plans, stated that the air quality are among the worst in the EU.

The UK has already been warned this year by the European Supreme Court to reduce its levels of air pollution. Diesel vehicles are a major contributor to NO2 levels in the capital, with reports suggesting they make up 40% of the total NO2 levels.

Are oil prices about to fall further?

According to the International Energy Agency there is currently a massive amount of oversupply in the market, which cannot possibly be absorbed. This will then push the oil price lower, possibly lower that what was seen in January when prices fell to their lowest for 5 years.

The oversupply is being generated by OPEC refusing to cut its supply in an attempt to gain extra market share. Another contributing factor has been the US shale oil boom, which has revolutionised the way the US drills for oil, allowing them to up their volume by a considerable amount.

UK Government to continue supporting North Sea oil and gas

The Government has said it will continue to support the North Sea oil and gas industry by establishing a governing body that will be in charge of regulation to help with recover and asset stewardship. The industry had begun to struggle when the oil prices had crashed towards the back end of 2014 and beginning of 2015, and has only recently started to recover. However, the Government do not believe the recovery is picking up enough pace, which is why they will create the Oil and Gas Authority.

Gas and electricity contracts at new lows

Annual gas contracts fell in June after they had initially risen to 47.0p/th due to worries over a production cap in Groningen, which limited the supply. Groningen is Europe’s largest gas field and has imposed an output cap of 30bcm after an EU court ruling. However, this rise was then counter balanced by strong Russian and LNG supplies, eventually pushing down prices. The Greek crisis has also had an effect on gas prices, with the euro weakening against the pound, imports have been a lot cheaper.

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