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ESOS – With less than 6 months to comply, are you ready?



ESOS is a mandatory energy auditing scheme affecting around 7,000 companies in the UK.
Latest research shows that around a quarter of affected companies are yet to act, despite
the impending compliance deadline of 5th December 2015.

ESOS compliance can only be met via Lead Assessor approval, who are energy efficiency
experts registered with the Environment Agency, or via ISO 50001 certification. It is
important that affected companies understand the level of work required to meet ESOS
Lead Assessor approval and compliance over the next six months.

ESOS goes way beyond just a data collection exercise as some companies initially believe.
Collecting formal energy data with evidence, and carrying out full energy audits is a timely
exercise, hence action should be taken soon. Failure to comply with ESOS regulation can
lead to significant fines and penalties.

Act Now

There are limited registered Lead Assessor available to help you meet compliance and with
a large number of companies yet to take action, prices are expected to rise significantly
over the next few months.

Envantage have a range of Lead Assessors and a team of energy efficiency specialists ready to help you meet ESOS compliance and deliver real energy savings.


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Modification to P272 Mandatory Half Hourly Settlement for Profile Classes 5-8


Last year we posted changes to the Balancing and Settlement Code (BSC), the settlement process for larger non-domestic consumers would be based on actual rather than estimated half-hourly consumption.

Although Ofgem said it was minded to approve the introduction of the modification next year, it has now asked the Balancing and Settlement Code panel to consult on a revised date of between April and June 2016.

Smartest Energy raised P272 in May 2011. The original proposal (‘P272 Proposal’) would mandate that electricity consumers in Profile Classes 5-8 are settled using half-hourly (HH) consumption data from 1 April 2014. The BSC Panel established a workgroup to assess the impacts of P272. This workgroup recommended that 13 months and two weeks would be required to implement P272, such that, should Ofgem decide to approve P272 Proposal, it would need to do so on or before 14 February 2013.

The workgroup also developed an alternative proposal (‘P272 Alternative’). This is identical to P272 Proposal, except that it proposes implementation one year later on 1 April 2015.

The workgroup recommended the same implementation lead time, such that Ofgem would need to approve P272 Alternative on or before 13 February 2014.

By 2016, this modification will have taken five years to implement which some believe is unnecessarily long.

The Authority approved the P272 Alternative Modification for implementation on 1 April 2016.

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Profile Class (PC)

The first two digits of a full MPAN reflect its profile class

00 Half-hourly supply (import and export)
01 Domestic Unrestricted
02 Domestic Economy 7
03 Non-Domestic Unrestricted
04 Non-Domestic Economy 7
05 Non-domestic, with MD recording capability and with LF less than or equal to 20%
06 Non-domestic, with MD recording capability and with LF less than or equal to 30% and greater than 20%
07 Non-domestic, with MD recording capability and with LF less than or equal to 40% and greater than 30%
08 Non-domestic, with MD recording capability and with LF greater than 40% (also all NHH export MSIDs)


What is a Non-half-hourly metered supply?

Supplies under 100kVA tend to be Non Half-Hourly (NHH) metered, using standard meters that are read manually, or meters that feature Automated Meter Reading (AMR) technology.

For non-half-hourly metered supplies, the NHHDC determines the consumption by calculating the advance (the difference between the last two meter reads, this is annualised to produce an annual advance (AA), this being the data the supplier will pay on).

The NHHDC is also responsible determining the estimated annual consumption (EAC), which is a forecast for a year ahead. The EAC is initially provided by the supplier, and thereafter forecast based on actual meter readings.

Data from the DC (EAC/ AA’s) is provided to the non half hourly data aggregator, which aggregates the individual values provided into a single figure split in a number of ways e.g. geographically, geographically & supplier or supplier. This aggregated data is then provided to the Central Systems, maintained by Elexon, to determine the value of energy which has been used by suppliers so that they are able to settle with the distribution network which generated the energy. The process is known as balancing and settlement and falls under the balancing and settlement code (BSC).

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Half of manufacturers don’t know about ESOS

Nearly half of British manufacturers (45%) are unprepared for the government’s mandatory energy audits which kick in next year, claims a new poll.

A similar proportion (49%) say they aren’t even aware of the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) while two-thirds (69%) feel uninformed about its requirements.

The worrying statistics come from a survey of more than 100 decision makers at manufacturing businesses across the UK by energy supplier npower.

Companies which don’t comply with ESOS will get fines of up to £50,000 plus extra charges of £500 per day for up to 80 days.


The ESOS is a mandatory energy assessments and energy savings identification scheme for large undertakings in the UK. Compliance under this scheme must be entailed by 5th December 2015, however action is recommend ASAP to allow ample time to carry out all actions required.

Am I affected?

You are likely to be in the ESOS if, on the qualification date of 31st December 2014 you are:

  1. An Undertaking which has 250 or more employees in the UK.
  1. An Undertaking which has fewer than 250 employees, but has:

o   An Annual turnover exceeding €50m and,

o   A balance sheet exceeding €43m

  1. Part of a corporate group which includes an undertaking which meets criteria 1 or 2 above.

What must we do?

A brief overview:

  1. Measure total energy consumption across:
    1. Buildings,
    2. Transport- Freight and business travel in company and employees vehicles
    3. Industrial activities.
  2. Conduct energy audits to identify cost-effective energy efficiency recommendations.
  3. Report compliance to the Environment Agency by 5th December 2015

Before notification to the Environment Agency, the ESOS assessment must be conducted or reviewed by a lead assessor and reviewed by a board level director.

What if we do not comply?

Failure to correctly comply with the scheme can lead to fines of up to £50,000 and / or an additional fine of £500 per day, until compliance is entailed, for a maximum of 80 days. Non complying companies will also be named and shamed.

Where can I find help?

If you think you may qualify for this scheme or you aren’t sure, please contact Envantage to discuss compliance in more detail. We can provide you more details on how the scheme works and how we can help meet the requirements of the scheme.

Envantage has a range of ESOS approved lead assessors and Chartered Energy Managers

The Environment Agency has now announced the first round of approved lead assessors for the impending Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). Envantage has successfully obtained lead assessor status in the first round and are able to work with you to deliver ESOS compliance and energy savings.

The scheme has a number of elements that must be completed by 5th December 2015 from energy data collection and quantification to full energy auditing. With less than 14 months to comply, action is recommended now in order to meet the ESOS legislation and benefit from potential energy saving opportunities. For more information on how we can help please contact Envantage to discuss your requirements with a  member of the team.

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New Report Shows Energy Intelligence Software Critical to Enterprise Energy Management






Forbes Insights has issued a research report that provides insights into why energy management software is critical to helping enterprises reduce energy costs, mitigate risks, streamline compliance, and increase operational efficiency.

Advanced software systems now focus on myriad business functions—from manufacturing processes to sales and marketing—tracking and analyzing data, and increasing productivity. Yet the billions of dollars spent annually by  enterprises on energy costs have remained an untamed outlier, thanks to the fragmented state of energy management, decentralized decision making and a disjointed vendor landscape. Now energy intelligence software (EIS) can illuminate the problem, quantify it financially and produce an optimal solution.

Key insights identified in the report include:

  • Most senior executives remain unaware of their annual energy costs, despite the fact that enterprises typically spend between 3% and 5% of their revenue on energy. Many enterprises spend as much as $500 million a year on energy.
  • Energy waste is a drain on corporate budgets. In total, building energy waste costs commercial and industrial entities $60 billion in unnecessary energy spend annually.
  • Managing energy effectively is complex. The cost of energy is more challenging to manage than the cost of most commodities. Nuances like peak demand charges and ongoing price volatility confound even the most proactive energy managers.
  • Software can solve the energy management problem for the enterprise. Companies that use energy intelligence software see clear bottom-line results stemming from real-time visibility into costs and usage, accurate accruals, and helpful insights that allow energy managers to proactively take action.

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Nearly 100 Data Centers Qualify for UK’s Climate Change Agreement

1About 100 data centers have been approved to be exempt almost entirely from paying an extra tax on energy use under one of the government’s climate change initiatives in exchange for commitments from the operators to increase energy efficiency of the facilities.

Called Climate Change Agreement, the exemption is for energy intensive industries, created by the government to help them remain competitive with foreign players after the levy was introduced. It slashes the levy on companies in these industries by 90 percent if they commit to making measurable energy efficiency improvements.

The levy was introduced in 2010, and the CCAs have been around since 2001, but data centers were not among the 50 or so industries that were considered energy intensive and that would qualify for CCAs.

To learn more about Climate Change Agreements please contact Envantage Ltd today.


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Germany’s Carbon Emissions Fall as Renewable Energy Takes the Lead

germany_flag2014 may have marked an inflection point in the transition to clean, renewable energy in Germany, Europe’s largest economy and the fifth largest in the world. Collectively, renewable energy resources supplied more electricity in Germany than any other category last year, surpassing lignite coal for the first time.


Renewable energy resources, including wind, hydro, solar and biomass, accounted for 27.3 percent of German electricity generation in 2014, according to Agora’s The Energiewende in the Power Sector: State of Affairs 2014. Significantly, greenhouse gas emissions and electric power consumption both declined, and wholesale power prices fell to a record-low while Germany’s economy expanded 1.4 percent.


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The financial impact of energy consumption


It is said that if you can’t measure, it you can’t manage it. This may not be a universal truth but it certainly applies to those companies planning to reduce their variable costs as part of a business improvement strategy.


For many businesses energy costs are addressed only quarterly – when the bill arrives from their supplier. The financial impact of energy consumption is seen simply as an unavoidable cost – which is, to an extent, true. However, it is possible to take a number of actions that can alleviate this problem to a greater or lesser extent.

Typically, the more a business spends on energy consumption, the bigger is the opportunity for making savings. But regardless of scale or scope, it is always possible for an organisation to take some kind of action that will boost energy efficiency in such a way as to improve financial performance.

Poor practice at an enterprise can significantly limit any improvement push undertaken. Examples of bad habits include:

  • Accounting for energy purely as pounds and pence rather than by consumption
  • Not checking your utility bills
  • Accepting estimated readings
  • Not analysing energy use on an annual basis for trends
  • Accounting for energy use as KWHrs but not relating the results to production activities or weather conditions.

As is always the case in life, doing something differently or better requires effort and time. A more managed approach to energy consumption will have to be driven from a senior level in a business to ensure it is sustainable and achieves the cost reductions desired. And only when the benefits of such an approach are fully understood at this level can energy management work its way up the business agenda.

And once an organisation begins to think in an ‘energy strategic’ way, what are the next steps? Well, careful analysis of data already held or available to a business is a good place to start.

This will involve:


ENMAT Logo Introducing ENMAT

ENMAT (Energy Monitoring & Targeting) is a web based Energy Monitoring and Targeting system owned and supplied by Envantage Ltd. It presents energy management data in a way that is relevant, meaningful and useful to users.

The purpose of Monitoring and Targeting is to relate your energy consumption data to the appropriate energy drivers, such as weather and production, so that you get a better understanding of how energy is being used. In particular, it will identify if there are signs of avoidable waste or other opportunities to reduce consumption.

Envantage offer a Monitoring and Targeting (M&T) service to enable organisations to save energy and cut costs. The use of this platform means that we can deliver a bespoke solutions to meet your needs.

Aimed at industrial/commercial SMEs and multi-site retailers, the Envantage ENMAT service utilises the latest software technologies  to obtain a full picture of customer energy usage across single or multiple sites.


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Solar power in the UK almost doubled in 2014










Installed solar photovoltaic capacity grows from 2.8GW to nearly 5GW as industry hails ‘milestone achievement’

Solar power almost doubled in the last year, with 650,000 installations ranging from solar farms to panels on homes, figures showed.

By the end of 2014 there was almost five gigawatts (5GW) of solar photovoltaic panels installed, up from 2.8GW at the end of 2013, the Department of Energy and Climate Change figures showed.




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Energy efficient businesses bid for £10m to help keep the lights on



Businesses were yesterday invited to bid for a share of £10m in government funding to fit energy saving measures, as part of a trial to find out how they could be incentivised to reduce energy use at times of peak demand.

The government yesterday held an auction asking businesses to put forward projects to fit a wide range of energy efficiency measures, such as low energy lighting retrofits, under the Electricity Demand Reduction pilot scheme.

The move is designed to prime companies that may eventually be able to take part in the Capacity Market, which offers payments to companies that can offer back-up capacity for the grid by either providing extra power or turning down their usage at times of peak demand.

Yesterday’s auction aimed to test whether businesses could provide savings during times of peak demand, particularly in the colder, darker winter months.

Participants bid in kW savings from projects they planned at a maximum price of £300/kW. The winning bids were expected to be those that represented best value for money and could deliver measurable energy savings at the lowest cost.


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Energy efficiency measures give Britain £37bn boost every year







From turning down the thermostat by one degree to harnessing waste heat from industry to power homes, energy efficiency measures are worth more than £37bn to the British economy each year, a new analysis will show next week.

The report will be launched by the Combined Heat and Power Association (CHPA) as it prepares to rebrand as the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) – a move designed to better highlight how technologies such as demand response and combined heat and power (CHP) systems can deliver economic and environmental benefits.

The revamped ADE hopes to promote the financial benefits of measures that reduce energy demand, ranging from onsite power generation to district heat networks and demand response technologies, whereby businesses cut their energy use at short notice to help balance the grid.

The new report will show that together, decentralised generation, demand response, and demand reduction measures are worth £37.2bn to the UK economy each year.

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