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Manufacturing Energy & Utilities
The availability of cheap energy to drive machines in factories was one of the defining features of the first industrial revolution. Energy production may have changed since then, but we want to bring back the availability of cheap energy contracts to UK manufacturers.
Decarbonised energy systems
The first energy-related threat facing manufacturers is higher energy costs. In the short and medium term, a decarbonised energy system is likely to involve higher energy prices than business as usual. Which could prove very costly for some manufacturers.
Renewable generation currently costs more than gas-fired power, and nuclear power is also likely to be more expensive in the short term, certainly involving a greater degree of construction risk for the first stations built in the UK for a generation.
In the longer term, we should expect learning-by-doing (and Research and Development) to reduce the costs of renewable energy, while the prices of fossil fuels may rise – this depends on the balance between the need to extract oil from more difficult locations (technically or politically) and the development of improved techniques for accessing unconventional oil, such as from tar sands.
Manufacturers facing higher energy costs will want to pass them on. In a competitive industry, all producers would normally pass through the full cost increase to consumers; one sign of a less competitive industry is that firms do not pass all of a cost increase on to their consumers, since they are balancing their profit margin against their sales.
The government has seen that the amount of energy embodied in manufactured products varies significantly across sectors, implying that a given rise in the price of energy would lead to different cost and output price impacts.
Higher relative prices are more likely to reduce the demand for some products across the market.
Government energy saving scheme
Only a small percentage (13%) of manufacturers believe Esos, the governments energy saving opportunity scheme is working to help and improve business investment into energy efficiency.
As it appears that Esos isn’t working to its full potential, a report by the EEF (The manufacturing body) is urging businesses to take their own initiative and realise that substantial savings can be made through implementing and executing proper energy management.
The report revealed that if businesses implemented low and no cost measures to improve their energy efficiency, they could lower their energy bills by 4%. Additionally, updating or improving energy management systems, lighting, drives, motors, compressed air, heating and ventilation can produce surprising savings and on average, businesses will see a payback for their efforts towards energy efficiency after around 20 months.
How can we help you
At Utility Bidder, we like to help our clients save money on their energy bills in more than one way, we don’t just secure cheap utility contracts and send you on your way. We’re gathering tips from industry experts to help you lower your energy bills by becoming more energy efficient. Therefore, we have listed some tips at the links below.
Frequently Asked Manufacturing Questions
The Manufacturing industry is vast, and can be associated with many industries / sectors, such as:
- Food, Beverage, and Tobacco
- Textiles, Leather, and Apparel
- Wood, Paper, and Printing
- Petroleum, Coal, Chemicals, Plastics and Rubber
- Nonmetallic Mineral
- Metal and Machinery
- Computer and Electronics
- …and the list goes on
Due to the large array of industries and sectors that manufacturing covers. It’s imperative that you work with energy consultants that understand your field.
As a general rule, manufacturing companies use more gas and electricity than the average business. Therefore, standard quotes, or working with in experienced energy brokers could waste you time and money.
This is where our experts come in, our manufacturing and corporate teams will use their experience to find you the best tariff.
Depending on the size of the industry and manufacturing facility, this can range greatly, however; manufacturing companies generally fall in to the top percentile when looking at gas and electricity contracts based on consumption.
For businesses that have large sites or multiple sites. Bespoke manufacturing energy prices are required. Our 'True View' system can generate data, taking in to account the different times of day and if your exceeding your quoted usage or not.
Installing new pipes at a manufacturing facility can be a large and expensive task - We will look in to your site works and potential new meter installs. Due to the complexity and size of manufacturing companies, professional help is recommended.
Some customers aren’t on the correct tariff for their consumption, this effects small and large businesses. We can look in to bill and usage history to determine what the best tariff is for you.
Half hourly meters, due to p272 upgrades, more and more meters fall in to the half hourly bracket.
It's a different tendering process with suppliers to generate half hourly prices. Therefore, online pricing and generic pricing is impossible, if you want the best deal for your manufacturing facility.
KVA (kilo volt amper) review - When dealing with very large consumption's, we find that a lot of meters are set too high or too low. What does this mean? Potentially you could be paying an increased £ per KVA, leading to capacity charges.
If you resolve the correct KVA via a specialist review, then you could save thousands of pounds, even before the new contracts are agreed.