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2 Feb

Gas Price Spikes for Winter?

by denergi admin
 
  The commodities market, like the stock market, can be highly volatile and is prone to great shifts. Electricity rates tend to have a greater level of stability due to the fact that quantities are generated as opposed to recovered such as with gas. Supplies of gas are dependent upon the successful confluence of so many contributing factors that a single fault can result in low supplies for the Britain and therefore higher prices. In the last week alone Britain has seen two spikes in gas prices; on Thursday, due to maintenance on pipelines in Norway, and on Friday, due to an unplanned outage at the St Fergus gas terminal. As a result of each incident the price of gas rose by a total of two pence per therm (a rise of 0.0682 p/kWh). Though this doesn’t sound like much, if you consider that a medium to large care home or hotel can consume between 100,000 and 400,000 kWh of gas in a year this could be an increase in cost of between £6,820 and £27,280.
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Solar Photovoltaic Systems by D-ENERGi D-ENERGi are delighted to  announce the successful completion of 3  Solar  Photovoltaic system (Solar PV) installations for Equilibrium Healthcare. The  three sites include Moston Grange Nursing Home, Bigfoot hospital, and Oaklands  House. This has provided the organisation to generate its own carbon free electricity  and an additional income, fixed for the next 25 years via the government feed  in tariff. Feed in Tariff also known as (FIT)  within the industry. FIT payments are made by the Goverment’s treasurery, to  encourage business and individuals to drive down energy dependency from fossil  fuels to more renewable sources such as solar power. D-ENERGi have completed  the commissioning  and testing of the  system and provided the necessary Micro-generation certificate within 30 days  of completion, which is mandatory requirement to qualify for FIT payments. Across all 3 sites It is estimated that installation will  generate 33,519 Kw/h per annum off  96 No  Dimplex  230W panels. All sites have been  fitted with OFGEM approved generation meters. Return of investment is substantial, with a forecasted annual  FIT payments totalling to a whopping £440,655.74 over the next 25 years with  the system costing just over 90k. To find out if your business premises  is suitable for Solar PV please contact Zico Ahmed on 0800 781 7626.
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2 Feb

Greater Protection for Small Businesses

by denergi admin
 
  This week Ofgem, the governing body for the UK energy markets, announced proposals for greater proection for small businesses against high energy costs. These proposals will “[…]widen the number of small businesses that benefit from its existing safeguards to ensure contract terms are clear”. The extension of these rules would help provide cover to a further 150,000 businesses that “typically spend up to £10,000 a year on each fuel”. In addition to the expansion of what is classed as a ‘microbusiness’ Ofgem has also proposed “[…]that all bills and statements that small businesses are sent also show clearly when the contract ends[…]”. It is common practice in the energy industry for accounts to be ‘refreshed’ if they do not hand in termination notice during the correct window before their contract ends. If a customer is ‘refreshed’ then they will be signed in to a new contract for a year on significantly higher rates. For business customers this is an entirely legal practice but by increasing the awareness of smaller businesses to this fact, such as making their contract end date clear on their bills and statements, Ofgem are hoping to reduce the likelihood of this occurring. As a final push Ofgem is “also planning to clean up the practices of some energy brokers by developing an industry-wide code of practice for them[…]Ofgem is progressing its case for acquiring powers from Government to take enforcement action against broker who mislead business customers”. It is a known problem in the industry that some brokers use high pressure sales tactics as well giving misleading information to maximise the profit they can make. These are significants steps by Ofgem to create a fairer market for smaller businesses who can suffer greatly from addtional running costs.
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  D-ENERGi have undertaken a project that will help a Sussex care home increase its energy efficiency to the tune of a £14,162.39 per year saving on its oil bills. The project was fully funded by the Government’s RHI scheme in conjunction with Siemens Finance at no cost to the customer. Home to 54 elderly residents, Rowfant Residential Home in West Sussex relied on a 35 year-old oil burner to provide heating to its 21 bedrooms and various common rooms, via a total of 79 radiators. D-ENERGi undertook an in-depth survey of the home’s existing heating and hot water system to appraise how best consumption and, in turn, fuel bills could be reduced. Findings showed that, due to lack of room-by-room control, many areas were being heated whilst unoccupied and also that temperature throughout the property was controlled by just one thermostat. With no account taken of differing atmospheric conditions in different rooms, particularly the heating effect of sunlight in those facing south, some areas of the property were cold whilst others were prone to overheating. The old boiler plant was found to be running at maximum 70% efficiency and annual oil bills topped £31k, with an estimated 30% going to waste. D-ENERGi proposed a solution to install a 184kw Biomass boiler, fuelled by wood pellets at a cost of 3.9p per kWh, which would not only boost efficiency but allow the project to be fully funded by the Carbon Trust and take advantage of the Government’s renewable heat incentive (RHI). Alongside surveying, specifying and carrying out the installation of the new system D-ENERGi also helped secure funding. The installation was certified and it was arranged for RHI rebates to be paid directly to the care home. A Carbon Trust loan was arranged to fund the installation with repayments being met from the RHI subsidy.   Emma Blainey, Renewable specialist of D-ENERGi explained: “It’s vital that temperature is maintained at a comfortable level, particularly in environments where the inhabitants are elderly, so the variations in temperature throughout the care home had practical as well as financial implications.” She added: “The new Biomass boiler is set to reduce energy costs by 50%, while the installation of room-by-room controls will save the care home an additional 20% on energy bills, and also provide a greater level of comfort for residents. The combination of the Carbon Trust loan and funding from the Government’s RHI were key to this project and can help businesses not only save on bills but significantly reduce their carbon footprint without having to make a huge capital investment.”
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