What is an energy procurement manager?

Energy procurement is the process in which a business looks for the most favourable energy contracts that enable them to meet their needs.

An energy procurement manager has in-depth knowledge of the industry and spends several hours studying the market on a daily basis to identify price trends and future availability of different types of energy.

Their role also consists of locating vendors, negotiating prices with suppliers, preparing and managing tenders, maintaining customer relationships and managing records.

Monitoring and reporting

Our team continually monitor and report on excess capacity, reactive power charges, kWh fluctuations, VAT issues and mid-contract changes to legislation on behalf of our clients.

On top of this, we produce a Market Intelligence report, monthly insight into all the energy market trends, whilst our bespoke portal, EM-Powered, is another invaluable tool.

This has an in-built early warning system which allows us to protect customers from breaching their contracted and excess capacity levels,  thus avoiding financial penalties.

Change of tenancy/expansion

By changing premises or increasing the energy supply to your existing site, due to business growth, can often be complicated and require a large amount of paperwork.

Energy Management deals with all aspects of the network in an efficient manner in order to find out the timescale involved and the best solution for your business.

Here at Energy Management, we pride ourselves on our capability to manage situations in the best way possible for our client to ensure you are not caught out by a change in circumstances.

Budget management

With over 200 years of combined expertise in the energy industry, our team is highly skilled at providing in-depth analysis of a company’s current and predicted energy usage, supply costs and existing or pending government energy efficiency “taxation” schemes.

Invoice validation

Customers often pay over 5% more than they should for their energy through undiscovered errors on their energy bill. Our invoice checking system is very thorough and shines a light on errors, whether this is down to inaccurate meter readings, wrongly applied correction and volume factors or CCL and VAT charges.

We regularly publish articles and market news on the procuring of business energy and, as energy consultants, we offer our clients market-leading insights.

To sign up to our monthly Market Intelligence report please visit https://www.energymanagementltd.com/energy-procurement/, or to discuss energy procurement further, please contact us on email: sales@energymanagementltd.com or tel: 01225-867722

Meet the Team: Lewis Payne

Energy Management has a proud track record in giving young people real work opportunities through its apprenticeship scheme, and Lewis Payne is a shining example of that.

Here, just shy of his second anniversary with Energy Management, Lewis talks about his transition from business admin apprentice to trainee engineer and how working for the company has been massive for his personal development.

1. How long have you been at Energy Management?
I joined Energy Management LLP on the 30th October 2017 as an apprentice in Business Administration through Wiltshire College. Alongside my college work, I started life as a member of the Water Department before becoming a permanent member of the Engineering team (engineering support).

2. Tell us about your Business Administration apprenticeship – what made you take this step?
After completing my A-Levels I wanted to try and find my feet early in an industry which had room to grow and provided endless opportunities to learn. Having never worked in an office before, the apprenticeship scheme set out by Wiltshire College helped me to settle in quickly. It pushed me to carry out tasks involving interaction with customers, suppliers and my colleagues. The team of vastly experienced specialist professionals at Energy Management LLP helped me to pick up an understanding of the industry quickly and recognise my passion for engineering work. The consistent support throughout from the team made the apprenticeship fly by and I couldn’t recommend it enough.

3. What interests you about engineering?
Being part of the engineering team at Energy Management LLP means I get to contribute to a wide range of interesting and complicated projects daily. For example, we are becoming increasingly involved in the installation of EV chargers, a topic that interests me greatly and I’m passionate about being involved in moving forward. I have enjoyed being able to get out of the office and undertake hands-on work, on-site with our ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) Lead Assessor, to assist with a variety of different site surveys. I have also gained an understanding of the surveying process for lighting reviews, DECs and EPCs.

4. Was the energy sector something you have always been interested in? 
After finally coming to terms with the fact that I wasn’t going to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo/Rory McIlroy, I never expected to be working in the energy industry and to be thoroughly enjoying myself so much at the same time. During my time at school, I found Geography enjoyable and always found myself reading up on the latest renewable energy technologies.

5. What skills have you gained throughout your time at Energy Management so far?
During my time at Energy Management, I have gained a wide range of analytical skills. My job involves a vast amount of data gathering and data interrogation, in order to highlight errors that can save customers large amounts of money. Both my written and verbal communication skills have also improved throughout. This has come from constant interaction with customers, suppliers and colleagues.
Time management is a crucial part of my role and this has improved since the beginning of my apprenticeship. I am managing my own time effectively and able to work to deadlines.

6. What did your Energy Institute level 1 award comprise of?
I thoroughly enjoyed completing my Level 1 Certificate in Energy Management Essentials. In order to complete the course, I had to take an exam and complete an energy audit portfolio which I took great joy in putting together. My portfolio comprised of an energy audit of the office, including air conditioning, detail of carbon reduction opportunities and looking at the current light fittings.
The course covered a variety of topics, my favourites were: energy auditing in practice, energy auditing: report writing and energy management solutions, because they were the most applicable to my job here at Energy Management Ltd.

7. When’s your next certificate?
I am currently working towards achieving my ABBE (Awarding Body of the Built Environment) Level 3 Diploma in Air Conditioning Energy Assessment. After this I am hoping to complete the second stage of my training with the Energy Institute (Level 2 Energy Management Professional). Followed by my level 3 (Advanced Energy Manager); after completing all three I will be eligible to apply to become a chartered Energy Manager.

8. What other training have you taken part in?
I have also undertaken training in ABBE Level 2 Award in Awareness of Legionella, ABBE Level 3 Diploma in Air Conditioning, Energy Assessment and Emergency First Aid at Work. I enjoyed the level 3 award the most as it was a new challenge and I gained further knowledge and skills.

9. What is your favourite part of the job?
Writing our monthly market intelligence report on all the latest geopolitical issues that affect the Power, Gas and Oil markets is my favourite task, as well as being able to share this with our customers.

10. Fun fact …
I jumped out of a plane when I was 18 years old in Salisbury from 10,000 feet, luckily there was a parachute attached to my back!

Thanks, Lewis!

Energy Management at The Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo

On the 19–20th of November, the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo is taking place at the ExCel in London and we are delighted to be one of the 1,000 exhibitors; the only energy company at the show.

Energy Management LLP is one of the UK’s leading energy consultancies with a vast range of knowledge on the industry as well as priding ourselves on high levels of customer service.

The Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo gives us a chance to share industry insights and divulge in the latest solutions in the utility sector.

Please come and visit us on stand F232 to discuss further what we have to offer you and your business.

With around 15,000 visitors a year, along with 500 seminars and 200 thought-provoking panel sessions, the event is supported by the biggest brands in the industry.

Tickets are FREE and available by clicking, here>>

How to embrace the silent revolution of EVs

Energy Management reveals its best-practice approach to installing EV (Electric Vehicle) charging points on your premises.

The climate emergency declared by Parliament earlier this year has placed a further onus on the UK’s business community to reduce its carbon emissions.

Businesses can help drive down carbon use by encouraging employees to use EVs on their commute to work, but without enough charging points on-site, this goal is hard to achieve.

Prominent people in the energy industry are now calling on companies to lobby for more EV charging points for its employees as a result.

If successful, this will open up a host of challenges which may be new to the business concerned but not to us at Energy Management.

Energy Management has expert knowledge in this sector and can guide you through the whole process.

Here’s our four-step approach to making the switch as pain-free as possible.

  1. Initial scoping

We work with you to establish initial requirements.

  • Understanding of physical limitations of the site
  • Distribution Network Operator (DNO) enquiries
  • Establish current site loading
  • Evaluate green credentials

     2. Plan of action

Energy Management collates, analyses and presents the best options available.

  • Liaise with the DNO and obtain costings for necessary upgrades
  • Review DNO proposals
  • High Voltage or Low Voltage point of connection
  • Remain flexible on approach as schemes can often change

     3. Installation

How we manage the installation process:

  • Ongoing liaison with DNO or ICP to completion of works.
  • Partnering with SSE Contracting to deliver any high voltage/low voltage projects
  • Partnering with Energy Metering Technology to provide complete AM&T packages
  • Fiscal metering MOP contracts and installation
  • Procurement of competitive supply contracts

4. Innovative solutions

Our expertise enables us to meet any challenges head-on, such as those below:

  • CHP
  • Battery storage

For more information on how Energy Management can help your business engage with EV charging, contact a member of the team on 01225-867722 or email sales@energymanagementltd.com

Energy Management at Future Resource

Taking place at the NEC Birmingham, on 11-12 September, Future Resource is the UK’s leading sustainability event and we’re delighted to say that Energy Management will be amongst the exhibitors.

As one of the leading business energy consultancies in the U.K, Future Resource provides us with a platform to divulge the latest solutions and industry insights in this vital area of the utilities’ sector.

Future Resource boasts a 3,000-strong crowd, comprised of leading local authorities and Government departments, large retailers, commercial and industrial end-users, as well as energy and water suppliers, and trade associations.

Future Resource will be split into six fundamental zones: Energy Efficiency Tech, Zero Emissions Zone, Smart Water Innovation, Renewables Zone, Energy from Waste, and Future IoT.

Tickets are completely free and are available on www.futureresourceexpo.com.

Energy Management can be found at Stand Y55. Read our company profile on the event’s official website HERE

Expert warns of post-Brexit gas supply shortages

The EU could reduce winter energy exports to Britain after Brexit, warns industry leader.

According to European energy mogul, Marco Alvera, Brexit may place the UK at danger of gas supply shortages and increasing winter prices.

Alvera presently heads the GasNaturally European sector group and is CEO of Snam, Europe’s largest natural gas utility.

Nearly half of the gas supply consumed in the United Kingdom comes from Europe and public statistics state that in 2018, 39% of the country’s total energy supply was produced by natural gas.

However, Alvera informed the BBC that during cold spells gas exports to Britain could be limited.

He said: “We’ve spoken to several ministers and civil servants over the last two years. Energy has not been discussed enough.

“I would make [energy] a high priority in the discussions, and I haven’t seen it be like that.”

Tariff tip-off

Alvera also advised that despite UK dependence on imported natural gas resources over the winter, the introduction of tariffs on its gas and electricity exports after Brexit may not be prevented by EU nations.

He added: “In the week [last year] when we had the ‘Beast from the East’ cold spell, the system was already under a lot of strain, and the UK was taking a lot of gas from Europe that was stored in Europe”.

Alvera also pointed to the decrease in the UK’s own North Sea gas supplies and the shutdown of components of its gas storage facilities as problems that exacerbated European energy dependence.

Storage solution

He thinks, however, that converting unused gas fields in the North Sea into storage facilities could help to solve the problem.

In 2017, British Gas statistics showed that 44% of UK gas is generated domestically, with 47% coming from Europe (Russia and Norway) and the remaining 9% coming from LNG exports.

Since then, the numbers have raised concerns about UK dependence on Russian power sources while diplomatic relations stay tense.

In Norway’s case, although it is not an EU member state, it falls within the internal market for energy and is therefore bound by EU regulations.

A 2017 House of Lords report on the problem proclaimed it “unlikely” that the EU would place tariffs on gas and electricity provided to Britain after Brexit, even if the UK leaves with no deal.

However, it stated that tariffs could take place elsewhere in the energy industry, including on products commonly used in the construction and maintenance of the energy system.

Will Boris Johnson warm to the challenges around climate change and energy?

Energy Management’s Jac Stone says Boris Johnson must put climate change and energy at the top of his long ‘to-do list’.

Last week saw the arrival of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, a Brexiteer hellbent on delivering the public vote and leaving the European Union on 31 October, 2019.

While the focus is on the here and the now as people contemplate just how the new man in charge of the country proposes to keep his promise in such a short space of time, his policies over the next few years – presuming he stays at No.10 – will be critical for the Energy Industry.

What next?

Although the UK has recently committed in law to reduced greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, the route to achieve this is completely new territory. In order to meet this ambitious target, work needs to start immediately otherwise we’ll run the risk of missing  out. Couple this with the UK’s outdated energy policy and it’s obvious we cannot afford any delays.

Top of the tree for tasks to complete at Downing Street will be deciding whether to accept the recommendations made by the arrival of the Energy White Paper. The paper, due to arrive imminently, will set out a new framework designed to tackle pressing issues such as developing carbon capture projects, investment in renewable energy and funding of nuclear power stations. All contributing to the aim of meeting net-zero targets.

Making energy and climate change a priority, despite Brexit, would offer greater clarity and support across the whole of Britain. Businesses have already been hit by soaring non-commodity cost rises due to funding for government subsidies and these are projected to continue as the UK experiences its energy transition.

Boris’ Background

To say Johnson’s previous approach to climate change was sub-standard would be an understatement. As an MP he consistently voted against climate change measures and in December 2015, following the signing of the Paris Agreement, Johnson wrote a column for The Daily Telegraph praising the work of notorious climate science denier and brother of the Labour leader, Piers Corbyn, who he called a “great physicist and meteorologist”.

However, the new Prime Minister’s stance seems to have altered as of late. During his stint as Foreign Secretary, he said he would, ‘continue to lobby the U.S. at all levels to continue to take climate change extremely seriously’. He has also voiced his support for the net-zero 2050 target as well as discussing falls in the cost of renewable technologies – and its subsequent growth in the UK.

Where now?

It’s impossible to say where Boris Johnson will head with energy and climate change policy in the next few weeks and months. It will be vital that Brexit does not eclipse upcoming decisions which will be crucial to the net-zero 2050 target.

The new Prime Minister must maintain the momentum that has been building towards achieving the net-zero 2050 target and identify the pathway that will keep the U.K on track. Sufficient government support would ensure a swift and cost-effective transition for everyone.

Exciting partnership gets the green light

Leading energy management consultancy, Energy Management has teamed up with Measure My Energy to help businesses reduce their carbon footprint and save on energy costs.

With people blockading bridges and glueing themselves to vehicles amidst a range of protests designed to accelerate the continued drive towards zero carbonisation, it is hard to escape conversations around energy efficiency at the moment.

For financial and environmental reasons more and more companies are focusing on ways in which they can contribute to the green revolution.

Essential to this goal is the ability to identify when and where energy is spent within a factory or office, across single or multiple sites, which is why Energy Management is delighted to announce our partnership with Measure My Energy.

Acting on our behalf, Measure My Energy install Power Distribution Monitors (PDM’s) that accurately measure consumption to a level of detail that help organisations account for every single pound and pence.

PDM’s enable granularity down to an individual appliance, for example, a furnace – in the case of the high-energy using Cast Metal Industry, giving consumers a real-time picture of the most costly aspects of their day-to-day business.

Energy Management’s highly-trained staff of chartered engineers and energy consultants then analyse and evaluate the data before devising and implementing energy efficiency measures that offer a very quick return on investment.

For instance, one borough council saw a 37% reduction in energy usage after just one month.

Every day the partnership between Energy Management and Measure My Energy is helping businesses to reduce their carbon footprint, increase profits and have a better understanding of energy patterns within their buildings.

Acknowledging the impact that PDM’s have had on his organisation, one Facilities Manager said: “We have used the system to map our energy throughout our organisation, allowing us to pinpoint areas we can make a further saving in the future and giving us details on usage to prove the possible savings before moving forward.”

If you would like to benefit from this service, email: sales@energymanagementltd.com or call one of our team on 01225-867722

NHS energy spend estimated to be £500m

Research carried out by leading energy consultancy Energy Management LLP has revealed that NHS Trusts spend an estimated half-a-billion pounds a year on gas and electricity.

Powering the public sector is a costly business.

Keeping offices, hospital wards, classrooms and leisure centres heated, lit, ventilated and air-conditioned can be a major drain on finances.

And information obtained under the Freedom of Information act by Energy Management LLP, one of the country’s leading energy and water management consultancies, has revealed the true extent of the cost in some of these key sectors.

Of the 237 NHS Trusts contacted by Energy Management, 64 per cent responded with their estimated annual energy consumption figures for both gas and electricity across all their sites coupled with the financial cost.

The combined total spent on energy for the financial year up to 2017 was an eye-watering £375 million. If you take the average amount per Trust and apply it across the board to all 237 Trusts, the figure would pass through the half-a-billion mark.

Big spenders

Unsurprisingly Barts Health, the largest NHS Trust in the country with a turnover of over £1.4 billion and a workforce of 16,000, topped the energy spend table with an estimated 12.6 million. Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, with 76 hospitals and clinics, came a close second with £11.4 million.

For Councils too, many of whom are under severe financial pressure, energy accounts for a large proportion of their overall spend. Taking England, Scotland and Wales into consideration, the overall combined spend of 23 Councils (out of 79) that responded was an estimated £93.6 million. In Nottinghamshire County Councils alone, £4 million was spent on electricity in 2016/17 for street lighting, signs and signals.

Increasingly there is a need for public sector organisations to lower energy bills, hedge against future volatility and adopt measures that help comply with green energy legislation.

Decarbonisation and government taxes and levies (third-party costs) now account for the majority share of energy bills (over 60% and rising), placing as much emphasis on energy efficiency as procurement. The phrase ‘the cheapest unit of energy is the one you never use’ is well-liked at Energy Management LLP for good reason.

Skills gap

For many organisations, time poverty means that managing the work required to reduce their energy consumption is an undesirable distraction from their day-to-day core activities. To further compound this, there may also be a lack of energy expertise and distinct skills gap creating barriers to finding savings and implementing reduction initiatives. This is where an expert reputable energy management consultancy can step in to remove these barriers and ease the way forward to achieve effective reductions.

It has never been more important to understand and control your energy costs and our bespoke energy management portal, EM-Powered, enables customers to do that. If you would like more information on EM-Powered and its wide range of features and benefits, please get in touch with Ian Scattergood on 01225 867722 or email is@energymanagementltd.com

Case Study: North Somerset Council

Energy Management and North Somerset Council have enjoyed a profitable relationship over many years.

The background

Faced with budget cuts, North Somerset Council (NSC) contacted us because they were looking for a reputable energy consultancy to help them find savings on one of their biggest overheads – energy.

Our relationship with NSC started in 2009 and it is set to continue into a third decade due to the high levels of customer satisfaction.

NSC benefits from the full range of our energy management services including Invoice Validation. More than £350,000 has been recouped from suppliers in the last six-and-a-half years after our team discovered the Council had been billed incorrectly.

Services offered

  • Procurement
  • Dedicated account management
  • Market analysis
  • Invoice Validation
  • Engineering Advice
  • EM-Powered energy management portal

Benefits

  • Accurate invoicing
  • Procurement of contracts at competitive rates
  • Ease of service for technical issues e.g.; new meter installs, change of tenancy application

What NSC say about us?

“Energy Management provides unrivalled expert advice, which has resulted in significant cost savings for the Council. We are extremely happy with the service we receive from Energy Management LLP and would recommend them without hesitation.” – Commercial & Compliance Officer for the Council.