The Energy Price Cap Explained For Businesse
Posted on Jan 17, 2023
The energy price cap is set by Ofgem. Ofgem, as you may already know, are an independent national regulatory body who oversee the gas and electricity markets.
The cap itself is a limit set by Ofgem that determines the maximum amount of energy suppliers are able to charge you for each unit of energy you use. This applies if you live in England, Scotland, and Wales. It came into place back in 2019 and has been used ever since to ensure that customers who are on default energy tariffs are treated fairly and are not disadvantaged by the energy market.
Over the last few months the energy price cap has been a big topic of discussion. With the rising wholesale prices of gas prices, the energy price cap became a focal point. However, one thing to note is that there is no energy price cap for business energy, which has left businesses in far more uncertainty.
Why does the energy price cap not apply to businesses?
The energy price cap was an initiative to simply support domestic energy customers, this does not reach into the business energy sector. However, this does not mean that there is zero support for businesses with the rising energy costs.
Currently, there are other government schemes in place or in the pipeline to support businesses during this time.
The EBRS Scheme
The EBRS Scheme will be running until March 31st 2023. This is a government scheme that works to limit the wholesale price that suppliers pay to generators for energy. This scheme has enabled energy suppliers to support their business energy customers, during a time when wholesale gas prices are incredibly high and increasing.
At D-ENERGi, we have touched on this in other blogs in further detail.
The new EBDS Scheme
Once the EBRS Scheme comes to an end in March 2023, the government have recently announced the EBDS initiative. This is the Energy Bills Discount Scheme which will run for a year from April 2023 through to April 2024. All non-domestic consumers in both Great Britain and Northern Ireland are eligible. Since wholesale gas prices have lowered back to levels they were before the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, these schemes have only ever been intended to be temporary. This new EBDS Scheme will work to continue to support businesses over the next 12 months, as they continue to navigate the volatile energy markets.
For more information regarding the current support on offer for business energy customers, do not hesitate to get in touch with our team here at D-ENERGi.
What is P272? P27what? You aren’t alone in the dark about P272. P272 is regarded as one of the biggest shakeups to the business electricity market since deregulation. Sounds more like a character out of star wars, but here are some facts on P272, which we have put together hopefully jargon free. If you unsure on how P272 affects your business please do not hesitate to contact us for free on 0800 781 7626, we will be delighted to help you further. You may also like to view our infographic and visit our support page dedicated to the P272 OFGEM legislation.
The Facts – What Is P272
P272 is a new regulation which has been implemented by OFGEM. It affects the way suppliers settle electricity consumption for businesses with a specified energy use. Resulting in sites being changed to half hourly.
Remember, remember the 5th November… “Guy Fawkes?”. No, no… this is when the P272 migration began! The deadline for all sites to be settled to Half-Hourly is 1st April 2017. Don’t be fooled by the date, it really is 1st April! Also, don’t be put off by the 2017 threat – it’ll be here before you know it!
The settlement is being put in place in order for suppliers to balance the amount of energy being purchased from the Generators. The aim for P272 is to make the readings more accurate via the half hourly consumption. This will provide distributors with more understanding on electricity use. This results in networks ensuring they are sufficiently developed and maintained.
Ultimately, P272 helps you and your business manage and also use the energy smartly. It gives you the opportunity to see where and when you are consuming energy. Also, a more accurate settlement which could lead to better tariff rates… something nobody would say no to, agreed?
Now you (hopefully) have a little more understanding of P272 here is how to prepare:
Learn if your portfolio is affected.
Speak to your supplier, they will be more than happy to explore your options with you.
Select your Half-Hourly Meter and Data Collector.
If your business has a maximum demand electricity supply categorised by profile classes:
05 06 07 08
And you have an Automated Meter Reading meter of which is capable of HH data collection and remote programming. Just to let you know… 160,000 sites are affected so it is definitely worth double, maybe even triple checking!
“How do I check?!” I hear you say? Simple… you just check the S number at the top of your electricity bill to find out your sites profile class.
Believe it or not, P272 can be very beneficial for you and here’s why:
You receive accurate billing
It offers you the ability to avoid peak times of electricity use
It gives you an insight on your energy usage
It allows you to make room for an opportunity of improvement and efficiency
This is an OFGEM regulation affecting ALL maximum demand meters and ALL electricity suppliers equally. If you’re being advised P272 does not affect your business, please let us double check this for you.
A Russian rocket blasted into space this month to investigate whether any methane gas is present on Mars, as part of the joint ExoMars project created by the European and Russian space agencies.
Methane is a gas created by living microbes, and if it were to be detected it would be a revelation in the space industry as it could prove that life exists or existed on the red planet, some 225 million kilometres away from the Earth (which is itself something of a shock, given that in 2003 Mars was a mere 56 million kms away).
We already know there is life-giving water on Mars. Just like the Earth it has ice caps, although the water they contain is more elusive. The American space agency NASA made a huge discovery in 2006 when it found there was water flowing through the planet in even the hottest months of the year, and that the ‘lines’ that appear on our satellite images of Mars are streaks of flowing salt water.
That’s when the questions ‘did life exist on Mars, and can we find out?’ really started to arise.
The ExoMars project involves sending up a Trace Gas Orbiter to sniff the Martian atmosphere for methane, and if the results are positive then this would establish that methane has been generated via geology or a biological process.
As part of the same mission, a stationary lander called Schiaparelli will test the technology for a subsequent mission – ExoMars 2018 – which will see a UK-built rover collect soil samples filled with water particles and drill below the planet’s surface to look for other signs of life. That’s when the search for Martian life will start in earnest.
These two projects combined will cost an eye-watering £900 million but isn’t it worth it for the chance to make one of the biggest discoveries of all time? What a time to be alive!
Planetary scientist Dr Peter Grindrod, from Birkbeck, University of London, who is funded by the UK Space Agency, certainly thinks so. “It’s incredibly exciting,” he enthused. “This is a series of missions that’s trying to address one of the fundamental questions in science: is there life anywhere else besides the Earth? Finding that life exists elsewhere in the solar system would be a huge discovery, so the evidence has to be strong. As they say, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.”
Wouldn’t it be amazing to find out if there really is Life On Mars, or if there has been in the past. It’s astonishing to think there could be more than just us Earthlings in our solar system!