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2 Feb

Register for green deal providers is now open

by denergi admin
 
  A £7m loan from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to The Green Deal Finance Company (TGDFC) has been agreed today that will allow TGDFC to continue developing its offer of low cost finance, expected to be available early in 2013. Green Deal Providers will be able to access finance through TGDFC, enabling them to offer low cost finance packages to consumers upgrading their homes under the Green Deal. The Green Deal is also being considered as an early candidate for the use of infrastructure guarantees, Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, announced today. This demonstrates the Government’s commitment to working with the private sector to provide finance at a low but sustainable cost to Green Deal customers. Infrastructure guarantees will provide guarantees for major UK infrastructure projects and could potentially support up to £40 billion of investment. From today, the register for Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers will also open. The register will give the seal of approval to businesses that successfully go through the Green Deal authorisation process. All authorised Green Deal Providers, Assessors and Installers will have to display the new Green Deal Quality Mark to demonstrate they comply with the required Green Deal standards. This will be vital for protecting customers from any rogue traders. Only registered and authorised businesses will be able to use this mark. To find out more please visit the Department of Energy of Climate Change.
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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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