Smart meters are making it easier for businesses to become active participants in the UK’s journey to a net zero energy future, helping them to take control of their electricity usage all whilst supporting the development of a more advanced, more sustainable grid. With the upcoming implementation of market-wide half hourly settlement (MHHS) – which will make sure that electricity costs are calculated accurately and fairly for everyone across the market, every half an hour – smart meters will play a crucial role in preparing the UK to achieve a more energy-efficient future, faster.

That’s why, here at Bryt Energy, we’re on a mission to get all eligible customers switched on to second-generation (SMETS2) smart meters.

We know that you might have some questions around smart meters – from the compatibility of smart meters to what happens on the day of installation. So, we sat down with Yasir Choudhry, Metering and Settlements Manager at Bryt Energy, to understand some common concerns and answer important questions around smart meters for businesses.

1. What exactly is a smart meter?

“A smart meter is a self-reading electronic device that records the energy you use, and automatically sends this data to your energy supplier. They eliminate the need for manual meter reads, and make sure you’ll get bills based on the electricity you’ve actually used.”

2. Is it free to get a smart meter?

Yes, Bryt Energy can arrange a free installation of your smart meter between 8:00 – 17:00, Monday – Friday. We appreciate that sometimes this may not work for every business, so it may be possible to arrange an appointment on evenings or weekend, however there are charges for out of hours installations.”

3. Who is eligible to receive a smart meter?

“All Non-Half Hourly (NHH) customers, including those who currently have an AMR (Automated Meter Reading) or first-generation smart meter (SMETS1) are eligible to receive a second-generation smart meter (SMETS2)”.

4. Can I still get a smart meter if I rent a property?

“Yes – as long as you are the person who pays the energy bills, it’s up to you if you’d like a smart meter. If your landlord pays the bills, then you’ll just need to ask them for permission.”

5. What’s the difference between the first and second-generation smart meters?

“Second-generation smart meters (SMETS2) are cross-compatible with other energy suppliers, so if you decide to switch supplier, you won’t need to get a new meter. This level of flexibility is why we only offer our customers SMETS2 meters, rather than SMETS1.

“Also, SMETS2 meters have been designed to communicate using a more secure smart data network called the DCC – which enables them to be compatible with and communicate with SMETS1 meters. All remaining non-compatible SMETS1 meters will eventually be exchanged by SMETS2 meters across the industry.”

6. What’s the difference between Automated Meter Reading (AMR) and Smart meters (SMETS2)?

“You can think of smart meters as the upgraded, more technologically advanced version of AMR meters. With AMR, it’s like a one-way street for communication—your data goes to a designated collector, and from there, it heads to the supplier. SMETS2, however, offer two-way communication between you and your supplier, which gives you the flexibility to switch suppliers without any hassle.”

“The flexibility that SMETS2 offer is also important to support the UK as it transitions to a net zero energy system. As we transition to using more sources of renewable electricity, which cannot be turned on and off like traditional fossil fuel generation, balancing electricity generation and demand will become crucial. By helping the grid to better understand electricity usage patterns, SMETS2 are playing a vital role in creating a ‘smart grid’ – an advanced alternative to a traditional energy network, which uses digital technology to efficiently manage electricity generation, distribution, and consumption.”

“During the transition, there will also be an influx of transitional technologies such as heat pumps and electric vehicles. SMETS2 will be important in providing the flexibility to accommodate these technologies – leading the way to net zero, faster!”

7. Will my smart meter work with my building and IT infrastructure?

“Our smart meters are highly likely to work with your building and IT infrastructure. As long as there’s wide area network (WAN) coverage in your area, the second generation smart meter should work.”

“There may be rare cases where a meter will not work – it would be hard for signals to reach through very thick walls or deep down in a basement, but even in these cases, we do have aerials which can help boost signal.”

8. Do I need to get a new smart meter every time I switch suppliers?

“No. In fact, SMETS2 smart meters can provide your business with a great level of freedom when it comes to switching energy suppliers. They’re specifically designed to work seamlessly across the energy industry, allowing you to transition from one energy provider to another without the hassle of replacing your meters.”

9. Are smart meters safe?

“Yes, smart meters are safe. They’ve gone through extensive testing regimes and are covered by strict EU and UK safety laws, ensuring that they don’t pose a fire, electrocution or health risk on sites. In fact, Public Health England conducted an independent assessment and issued a statement confirming there’s no risk or dangers to health from smart meters. They found that exposure to radio waves from smart meters is much lower than the exposure from Wi-Fi and mobile phones, and is well within guideline levels1.”

10. How will my personal data be used?

“As part of having a smart meter installed, you’ll be consenting to us remotely reading your smart meter on a daily basis – but you can opt out of this at any time. If you choose to opt out, we’ll only check your meter once a month so that we can obtain an invoicing read and assist in any business processes, such as a Change of Tenancy. We can also use your consumption data to offer you tailored solutions to help maximise the value you see from your electricity supply contract.”

Why choose a smart meter from Bryt Energy?

From removing the need for manual meter readings to making your bills more accurate, smart meters can save you time and help keep control on your spend. Smart meters can help take your business’s energy awareness and management to entirely new levels, all whilst empowering your business to play an active role in achieving a net zero future.

To learn more about the benefits smart meters can offer your business, visit here. If you have any questions around smart meters, please speak to our friendly team of experts by either filling in our web form or emailing us at smart@brytenergy.co.uk.

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When businesses choose a renewable electricity contract, they usually do so because they are sustainability-minded, and they want their organisation to play their part in driving forward solutions to tackling the climate crisis.

That’s why at Bryt Energy, we’re passionate about our fuel mix – we only supply zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity, sourced solely from solar, wind and hydro power. Our fuel mix is audited and verified by an independent third party, EcoAct, every year and allows our customers to report their Scope 2 electricity consumption as zero carbon, under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol market-based method.

Like the weather, our fuel mix ratio changes year-on-year, but you can always be sure that we only ever source our electricity from solar, wind and hydro power. Unlike fossil fuels, these sources are all zero carbon and 100% renewable forms of electricity at the point of generation, meaning they don’t create any carbon emissions or harmful air pollution, and are naturally replenishing.

All sources of electricity generation have their own unique considerations when it comes to their impact. We want to be totally transparent about why we’ve chosen our fuel mix and acknowledge that constructing, operating, and generating electricity comes with the need to manage sustainability challenges. Like all electricity generation, there are considerations such as human rights, supply chain vulnerabilities, and the embodied carbon of concrete that are crucial to manage and improve. We’re proud that our parent company, Statkraft, the largest renewable energy generator in Europe, has a long history of working to reduce the impact of different renewable electricity generation projects.

We have created this blog to take a deeper look into our fuel mix, to explain the benefits and considerations, and reiterate that by choosing solar, wind and hydro, we can help lead Britain towards a net zero, sustainable energy future.

SOLAR

Solar panels, also known as photovoltaics (PV), capture energy from the Sun and convert its light into electricity. So, at the point of generation, solar power produces zero emissions and is 100% renewable (for as long as the Sun keeps shining!).

In addition to being a zero carbon source of electricity, solar technology has seen consistent year-on-year improvements in efficiency. Since 2010, solar PV has become nearly 60% more efficient, meaning the size of panels can be kept the same, with higher capacity for electricity generation1. Well-managed solar farms have also been found to support biodiversity and bird species that are in decline2. In fact, Statkraft is developing a solar site in Cambridgeshire that will include measures to enhance biodiversity at the site by 141%3.

To reach net zero emissions, the UK Government announced targets to increase the capacity of solar generation from the 15 gigawatts (GW) currently installed4, to 70GW by 20355. Whilst increasing the deployment of solar power has led to debates in political circles around land use, research has shown that upscaling solar in line with net zero targets would only take up roughly half of the space currently used for golf courses6. Despite this, it remains important to optimise the area used for solar generation – with a recent study finding that utilising rooftops and car parks has the potential to provide at least 40GW of electricity generation capacity in England by 20357.

Looking at the lifecycle of solar panels, there is still a challenge with global supply chains, due to the ethical considerations of manufacturing being located in areas where there are significant human rights concerns8. There is a global consensus that if the supply chains of solar PV are concentrated in one area, then the industry could become vulnerable. The IEA suggests that diversifying the supply capacity would reduce the associated risks and potentially lead to economic and environmental benefits. Additionally, industry initiatives to improve the end-of-life recycling of solar panels will also reduce the environmental pressure that is placed on raw material demand, encouraging circular solutions9.

For the UK to achieve net zero, solar power will need to rapidly increase its contribution to the UK’s energy mix – a big challenge, but one we believe, together with our customers and the wider energy industry, is achievable.

WIND

Wind turbines, which sees rotating blades connected to a generator, harness energy from the wind by converting the kinetic energy into electricity. Wind energy makes up a significant proportion of our fuel mix and is particularly abundant in the UK, due to naturally windy conditions and the national ambition to be world leaders in wind generation10.

In the first quarter of 2023, wind farms in the UK generated more electricity than gas for the first time11, with record breaking wind generation set to continue as more capacity is installed. Whilst wind turbine infrastructure has presented challenges when it comes to end-of-life recycling12, a recent breakthrough in chemical technology means that it is possible for new epoxy-based blades to be broken down, reused and crucially, avoid landfill.

Some concerns have also been raised over the impacts of wind turbines on wildlife. However, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) stated that it supports the growth in offshore and onshore wind projects, with the knowledge that continued research on placement can minimise impacts on bird migration13. Moreover, some studies have shown offshore wind turbines can positively affect biodiversity, with algae, mussels and oysters growing on the foundation, providing them, and other marine species, with protected habitats14.

Both wind and solar are referred to as “intermittent” renewable energies, they cannot be turned on like traditional fossil fuel generation when there is demand. However, these energy sources can be co-located alongside battery storage to ensure renewable electricity is stored for when it’s needed, regardless of the weather. The reliability of wind generation here in the UK also hits its peak out at sea, where offshore wind farms are exposed to higher and almost constant wind speeds – ideal conditions for electricity generation.

Statkraft has ambitions to “accelerate growth in solar, onshore wind, and battery storage…reaching an annual development rate of 4GW by 2030”15. This rapid upscaling in renewable energy capabilities will support the UK’s target of increasing wind generation capacity and decarbonising the power system by 203516.

HYDRO

Hydro power stations take advantage of water flows by harnessing its kinetic energy and turning it into electricity. Despite being only a small part of the UK’s electricity mix17, hydro power is a mature technology with a history of more than 2,000 years, and globally, produces more electricity than all other renewable sources combined18. Hydro power stations can also be multipurpose, providing clean water and irrigation for agriculture, as well as providing flood and drought protection in some areas19. Research suggests the use of this technology in the last 50 years alone has helped to avoid more than 100 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) that would have been released from fossil fuel combustion20.

However, the development of hydro power can lead to socio-economic and environmental impacts during both the construction and the ongoing operation of projects. For example, hydro power developments have been criticised for displacing local communities, disrupting the surrounding water flows, and impacting local natural habitats21. Statkraft, the largest producer of hydro power in Europe, ensure they conduct impact assessments of new projects and work to mitigate the impacts22. At several of their sites, including at Rheidol hydro power station in Wales, Statkraft control water flow and install fish ladders to create better conditions for fish, protecting biodiversity23.

Hydro power is a reliable source of electricity, as water flow is predictable and controllable. This means hydro power stations have the ability to be turned on and off quickly, providing a stable source of generation during periods of fluctuating electricity demand, when the sun doesn’t shine, or the wind doesn’t blow. Hydro power is expected to remain the largest source of renewable electricity generation globally into the 2030s, providing much needed system flexibility24.

BIOMASS AND NUCLEAR

Both biomass and nuclear energy have been considered important sources of low carbon electricity generation that will help the UK transition to a net zero energy system. This is due to biomass being dispatchable on demand, while nuclear can provide a continuous stable baseload. Whilst we are strongly in favour of moving away from fossil fuels and the energy sector using all tools available to do this, we believe it is still important to critically assess all sources of electricity generation.

Biomass is derived from recently living organic materials (typically wood pellets in the UK) that is combusted to generate electricity. Although it is abundant and naturally replenishing, biomass does create carbon emissions when burned. There can, therefore, be a discrepancy between the CO2 released when combusted, and the time it takes for the same amount of carbon to be absorbed again by new biomass25. Because of this, there are ongoing debates whether biomass can be classed as a source of zero carbon electricity.

Nuclear energy creates electricity by splitting atoms apart, which creates heat. This heat is then turned into electricity by transforming water into steam, which spins a turbine26. Although nuclear can be classed as ‘zero carbon’ at the point of generation, it cannot be classed as renewable. This is because it requires uranium, a finite radioactive resource. Nuclear power is also controversial due to the environmental and health risks27 associated with the use of uranium and the accompanying radioactive waste it creates.

At Bryt Energy, we therefore chose to only supply our customers with zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity sourced solely from solar, wind and hydro.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR CUSTOMERS?

Here at Bryt Energy, we’re passionate about the sources we have chosen to include in our fuel mix and the reasons why. While solar, wind and hydro power each have their own unique benefits and considerations, we believe that, together, they offer a resilient fuel mix that powers British businesses and leads the way towards a net zero, sustainable energy future.

So, if you’re a Bryt Energy customer, you can benefit from total peace of mind that our fuel mix has been comprehensively thought out to accommodate our sustainability values. You can also be assured that our fuel mix is matched with renewable energy guarantees of origin certificates (REGOs) which have been audited and verified by an independent third party, EcoAct. This means our customers can report zero carbon emissions on their Scope 2 under the GHG Protocol market-based method. For more information about our fuel mix and what you can report, read our thorough FAQs here.

By choosing zero carbon, renewable electricity from Bryt Energy, you are also indirectly supporting renewable generation because we are part of the Statkraft Group. Statkraft has invested over £1.3 billion in the UK’s renewable energy infrastructure since 2006, and with their vision to “renew the way the world is powered”, we’re working to deliver this, together.

Join Bryt Energy today:

If you’re interested in securing zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity for your business, find out more about becoming a Bryt Energy customer today by calling us on 0330 053 8620 or email heretohelp@brytenergy.co.uk.

Or if your business is looking to take the next step on its sustainable energy journey, you can access our series of guides on ‘Navigating the net zero energy transition’, here: https://www.brytenergy.co.uk/navigating-the-energy-transition/.

* Bryt Energy’s supply product has been audited and verified by an independent third party, EcoAct, to guarantee that our products are backed by guarantee of origin certificates (REGOs and/or GoOs – for as long as they are recognised in the UK).

Bryt Energy manages these certificates to ensure that we have sufficient amount in order to supply renewable power to all of our customers across a year, and therefore allow our customers to report zero carbon emissions for their electricity consumption under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol Scope 2 Guidance. All source certification meets GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance Quality Criteria for market-based reporting method.

Certificates are held by energy suppliers for Fuel Mix Disclosure (FMD) purposes and Bryt Energy’s FMD represents the total amount of electricity purchased from the wholesale market to cover our portfolio of customers supply in given FMD year.

Bryt Energy purchases all electricity through our parent company, Statkraft, who procure the electricity volume to match our customers’ contracted amount from the wholesale electricity market.

100% of the total amount of electricity purchased for supply by Bryt Energy during the period 2022/23 was from renewable sources. All electricity to your properties is supplied via National Grid’s transmission network and local distribution networks (not directly from a renewable generator), so you will be provided with electricity from a mix of sources that the grid is being supplied with at that time from all generators – this may include fossil fuel sources.

You can read more details of our fuel mix here, which also includes some guidance around reporting your greenhouse gas emissions.

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For many years, the energy transition and the idea of a net zero world has felt like something for the future. Obstacles such as poor availability, uncertain cost effectiveness and a lack of widespread knowledge or proven case studies have prevented businesses from embracing key energy transition-enabling technologies and taking action. Now, as these technologies become increasingly affordable and familiar, businesses are in the perfect position to act.

In this blog, we look at four technologies that will be key in the net zero energy transition and what they could mean for your business’s sustainable energy journey.

1. Storage: Maximise your self-generated electricity

Investing in energy storage is one of the simplest and most-effective ways to take advantage of the opportunities within the net zero energy transition. Able to store self-generated electricity as well as intelligently collect energy from the grid at times when it’s cheapest, batteries can help businesses avoid costly peak charges whilst also providing resilience. Batteries can also import energy from the grid when it’s at lower carbon intensity to help support a net zero system.

Battery energy storage also enables your business to maximise the use of other low-carbon technologies such as photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. Solar panels are a great choice for business looking to generate renewable electricity on-site because they can help you make use of otherwise largely unused space, such as rooftops.

Pairing technologies such as PV and battery storage can form the basis of an effective, wider energy strategy as storage enables your self-generated electricity to be used when the sun isn’t shining, instead of going to waste. Businesses could also choose to trade back to the grid at a time when others need it more, providing a new stream of revenue whilst supporting a net zero system.

2. Electric vehicles: Adopt a sustainable transportation strategy

Electric vehicles (EVs) are another way businesses can take their next steps in the net zero energy transition. And best of all, with the right strategy in place, there are multiple benefits to electrifying a business fleet. Having EV chargers on-site could boost footfall as EV cars become more popular among the public. Additionally, they could provide an extra revenue source if businesses rent out charging spaces to the community or other companies outside of office hours. And, if paired with a renewable electricity supply or on-site generation, a fleet of electric company cars can help a business reduce its carbon footprint straight away.

3. Heat pumps: Electrify your heating

With non-domestic buildings accounting for nearly 1/5 of the UK’s carbon emissions1, electrifying and decarbonising heating is becoming an increasing priority for businesses. Heat pumps have a key role to play in this and, as they become better understood, more affordable and accessible, how can businesses take advantage of them?

Air source or ground source heat pumps can be installed on the outside of commercial buildings and are powered by electricity. They work by extracting heat from air or water and using it to heat a building. This electrification of heating can help businesses reduce both their energy bills and, especially if powered by renewable electricity, their carbon emissions. Whilst a relatively new technology, businesses adopting heat pumps now can enhance their reputations as leaders in the energy transition.

4. Green hydrogen: Prepare for alternative fuels

As well as taking advantage of existing low-carbon technologies, businesses can also be aware of innovations that are – although in their early development stages – likely to play a major part in the future energy system. Green hydrogen is an example of this – a sustainable alternative to fossil fuel gas that can be produced using renewable energy sources. Extremely versatile, it can be used to power a variety of applications, and can be used as a fuel, to generate heat and electricity, as well as a raw material in industrial processes and products. As such, it’s likely to have a key role in decarbonising heat and transport, and for existing energy-using assets that cannot be electrified, such as high-temperature processes.

Optimisation: Take your energy transition to the next level

Through optimising their electricity use, businesses can maximise the benefits of these low-carbon technologies and reduce their electricity costs. Optimisation involves using data analytics and machine learning to analyse electricity consumption patterns and identify areas where usage can be adjusted for greater efficiency and in response to the grid’s needs.

For example, here at Bryt Energy, we use integrating technologies to harmonise customers’ electricity consumption (in operations such as industrial machinery, refrigeration or HVAC) with periods of high renewable generation and system needs. This enables businesses to be more intelligent and sustainable with their electricity usage, to earn revenue and reduce costs by making use of what they’ve already got – all while business activities remain unimpacted.

Get started, today

Low-carbon technologies are becoming more widely available, and increasingly more cost-effective. By considering storage technologies, on-site generation, electric vehicles, heat pumps and being aware of green hydrogen, businesses can embrace the cost saving, revenue and reputational opportunities these technologies offer. And, by bringing it all together with optimisation and a holistic energy strategy, businesses of any size can gain all the benefits and take this vital next step in their net zero energy transition journeys. And they can do it now.

Read the third guide in our Navigating The Net Zero Energy Transition And What It Means For Your Business series to find out more: https://www.brytenergy.co.uk/navigating-the-energy-transition/.

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With businesses feeling the implications of a volatile period for energy prices and high inflation, many are facing a difficult balancing act. Day-to-day operational challenges require immediate attention but the transition to sustainable, net zero operations is also pressing. However, with access to more data than ever, businesses are better positioned to evaluate their procurement options. Having better insight into energy usage enables businesses to work with their supplier to establish a contract that truly meets their requirements – and one that can help them take full advantage of the energy transition.

This means taking a different approach to electricity procurement. Businesses will need to work directly with suppliers and take a more holistic approach. This means not just thinking about unit and standing charges, but truly understanding consumption, volume and energy profiles, and thinking ahead.

At Bryt Energy, we understand that for businesses who are already facing more immediate challenges, this may feel daunting. But we believe that implementing a new mindset will enable a huge number of new opportunities, better control of energy usage and spend, and a faster route to a new, net zero energy system.

 

Here are 3 top tips to supercharge your business electricity procurement strategy:

1. Collect and use accurate data

Gaining accurate insight into energy usage is key to a purchasing strategy in the current energy market – actions must be data driven and well planned. Luckily, today’s businesses are well equipped to get a strong handle on what they expect to consume and when they expect to consume it. In fact, most companies may be more ready than they might think – much of the useful data can be provided by energy-using assets that are already owned.

This is thanks to technologies such as smart meters and data visualisation tools, which allow businesses to find out exactly how much electricity they are using and when, as well as which devices or machines are using the most electricity. With a more accurate prediction of your usage, a more suitable procurement plan can be drawn up. Businesses will have everything they need to approach suppliers, who can then put together a contract based on their exact usage. This data can also help suppliers build the right mechanisms into business energy contracts to help them navigate a volatile energy market and prepare for the future.

2. Collaborate with suppliers

Adopting a new energy procurement strategy doesn’t mean going it alone. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – with accurate data and insight, talking to suppliers can make all the difference. Energy procurement no longer needs to be based on estimating usage, predicting short-term needs or risking mismatched consumption patterns. Suppliers are now able to utilise a good understanding of a customer’s business operations and support in creating a more accurate forecast.

After working more closely with suppliers, contract structures can be based on exact usage whilst also factoring in plans for the future. This means businesses are more likely to avoid penalties associated with inaccurate consumption estimates or future changes to usage.

Furthermore, adopting a new procurement strategy doesn’t mean compromising on control. Using more accurate insight, suppliers can help businesses react to the current market and navigate the energy transition, all while retaining a high level of control over their energy usage.

3. Choose a contract that suits you

Traditionally, businesses have chosen between variations on fixed and flexible supply contracts, with many waiting until their renewal period before making the crucial decisions on their next contract or preferred supplier. But with better consumption insight and a more direct approach with suppliers, businesses can create a contract that truly meets their needs.

For many that have focused on fixed contracts, flexible options may now be suitable, but there are some key things to consider:

  • Fixed contracts are beholden to the market price of the day and so don’t allow businesses to take advantage of price drops. However, they traditionally provide a high level of budget certainty and protection against market spikes, with a set rate per unit of energy.
  • Flexible contracts, whilst potentially more complex, allow businesses to take advantage of fluctuations in the market and make multiple purchasing decisions throughout the term of the contract. The agreement is more likely to be based on real, accurate energy usage and enables the business and supplier to share some of the risk.

However, when considering contract options, it’s also important to consider what your electricity usage may look like in the future. The uptake of transitional technologies will change businesses’ electricity usage, resulting in volume and profile changes. Traditional contracts don’t allow for such changes, potentially leaving both businesses and suppliers exposed within a volatile market – resulting in additional fees or premiums. To thrive in a net zero future, businesses need to choose a contract that will suit them both now and going forwards.

Ultimately, it’s important to use the most accurate data available and have a conversation with your supplier to choose the right electricity contract. Every business’s needs will vary slightly, and only with an in-depth understanding of those requirements can you reach the right decisions.

The time is now

With a new procurement strategy in place, businesses can now think about and work towards optimising their consumption in line with the whole energy system’s needs. With increased knowledge and new technologies, there’s never been a better time to unlock value from your operations.

To learn more, read our FREE guide on Navigating the net zero energy transition here. Part 2: Take Control of Your Energy, Now, is available now.

If you like to stay on top of any future energy cost changes that could affect your business, you’ll no doubt already be aware of Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review (TCR). Having been in effect since April 2022, the TCR has established a new system by which network owners charge energy customers for the use of the electricity networks in the UK.

With changes to TNUoS (Transmission Network Use of System) charges coming from April 2023, we take a look what this could mean for your business. Here are the main things you need to know…

WHAT’S HAPPENING AND WHY?

The TCR is an Ofgem-led project that assesses how network charges are set and recovered. Launched in August 2017, the intention behind the TCR was to decide whether the system needed to be reformed to make it fairer. It addressed the concern that the current mechanisms used to recover Distribution Use of System (DUoS) and Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) charges could lead to inefficient use of the network and create an adverse effect on consumers. The Triad system used up until now saw half hourly (HH) metered customers charged for electricity transmission costs according to their consumption during the three half-hour periods in Winter when overall demand on the grid is at its peak. Ofgem was concerned that this system distorted the market by encouraging some businesses to shift their consumption to avoid Triad periods and not pay their share towards maintaining the grid year-round.

Based on the findings of the TCR, Ofgem decided to supplement the Triad consumption-based system for TNUoS with a banding-based daily charging system that should ensure all businesses pay their share towards the upkeep of the grid. DUoS tariffs have always had a fixed daily charge component. But as part of TCR, Ofgem has directed that the way DNOs (Distribution Network Officers) set this charge should also change – moving some of the cost recovery that currently comes through the volume-based rates into the fixed daily charge.

The banding for each meter on businesses’ site(s) is now based on their agreed supply capacity (if there has been one agreed) or their Estimated Annual Consumption (EAC) if an agreed supply capacity is not in place. Changes to DUoS tariffs went live in April 2022 and, following some delays, changes to the TNUoS charges will come into effect from April 2023.

HOW BUSINESSES WILL BE AFFECTED 

For larger businesses able to reduce or shift energy volumes, winter Triad periods have historically provided an opportunity to make savings through flexibility by reducing consumption during peak periods. Even those who aren’t able to be flexible in their usage can mitigate the impact of Triads by increasing their energy efficiency. Under the new system, Triad avoidance will no longer be possible for many and, where it remains, the benefits will be significantly reduced. This means that businesses who used this method to reduce their TNUoS costs might find their annual energy bills could be significantly increased. For businesses previously able to boost generation revenue by exporting energy to the grid at peak times, the reduction of Triads could affect their bottom line and reduce the benefits of having on-site generation. While businesses who participate in grid-balancing Demand Side Response schemes will still be able to benefit from doing so, they will lose out on the additional revenue available during Triad periods.

Another consideration for some businesses whose contracts begun in the winter is that the new daily TNUoS charges, coming into effect from April 2023, will overlap with the Winter 2022 Triad recovery costs, which are typically spread across bills over 12 months. Businesses should therefore work these costs into their budgets now.

For some, the TCR will mean a bigger energy bill and a need to rebalance the budget in other ways. But large energy users who have previously been unable to consume energy flexibly and have therefore been hit with excessive Triad costs could actually see a reduction in non-commodity costs – and it’s these businesses that must think most carefully before they choose their next contract.

TOTAL TRANSPARENCY FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

National Grid ESO has now published the TNUoS charges that will be fixed from April 2023 for 12 months. To view the daily charges by band, please visit here.

At Bryt Energy, we’ve clearly stated the TCR banded charges in our new contracts since September 2020, in order to give our customers as much visibility of their costs as possible. For some contracts signed before September 2020, we have recalculated the TNUoS costs in line with the latest published tariffs, and this will be reflected on those customers’ bills during May. For our customers on a Pure Control or Pure Flex contract, you will see a new daily cost line on the TNUoS charges section of your bill, also from May.

And because our operations are built to be agile, our prices will always reflect Ofgem’s latest position and advice, if there are any future changes.

Make the most of your flexible solutions

If you’re currently using technology or solutions to avoid Triad periods and expensive time of use charges, the benefits might be reduced slightly with fixed-rate charge, but they won’t disappear. Now is the time to consider how you use these solutions to optimise your usage more continuously and boost your revenue in other ways. For example, organisations opting for our optimisation solutions are able to offset 20% of their energy spend by allowing us to subtly tweak their consumption (within agreed limits) in line with system needs, without impacting their operations. You can learn more about the benefits of optimisation in our blog, here.

If you have any questions around TCR or how we’re supporting our customers through the changes, please get in touch with our team at heretohelp@brytenergy.co.uk.

*Please note that the Government’s Energy Bills Discount Scheme ended on 31st March 2024. If you have any questions regarding this scheme, or anything at all, you can get in touch with our friendly customer service team at heretohelp@brytenergy.co.uk.

Updated 1st September 2023

The UK Government has announced a new ‘Energy Bills Discount Scheme’, which will replace the current ‘Energy Bill Relief Scheme’ that ended in March 2023. 

Set to come into effect on 26th April 2023, the new Energy Bills Discount Scheme will (retrospectively) run from 1st April 2023 – 31st March 2024, to help support businesses with the cost of wholesale energy for an additional 12 months. 

The EBDS proposal contains 3 types of discounts – baseline, Energy and Trade Intensive Industry (ETII) discount, and Heat Networks (QHS) discount. 

For the baseline discount, eligible non-domestic consumers will receive a per-unit discount to their electricity bills during the 12-month period, subject to a maximum discount, and those in energy intensive sectors are set to receive a higher level of support. 

The new scheme will see a big reduction in the amount of discount being offered to businesses compared to EBRS and for many eligible businesses the discount looks likely to fall below 2p per kWh.

 

Eligibility 

The eligibility for the scheme has been defined by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) as follows: 

 

Everyone on a non-domestic contract including: 

  • businesses 
  • voluntary sector organisations, such as charities 
  • public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes 

 

who are: 

  • on deemed/out of contract or variable tariffs: the baseline discount looks likely to be set at zero at present and the Government will update the discount quarterly. 
  • on fixed price contracts: as with EBRS, this is based on the date the contract was signed (you can find this on the final page on your contract) and only customers with contracts signed after December 2021 are eligible. Please be aware that the discount may still be set at zero. 
  • on flexible purchase or similar contracts: any discount applied will depend on your wholesale energy price. 

You can see the recently published discount rates here. 

If you are eligible for the EBDS baseline discount, you will not have to take any action or apply to receive support. We will apply your discount automatically in line with the Government’s guidelines and this will be clearly included on your monthly energy bill, subject to the required legislation being in place.    

 

Energy and Trade Intensive Industries discount 

The ‘Energy and Trade Intensive Industries’ (ETII) is an additional discount introduced by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) for businesses in energy and trade intensive industries. 

This higher discount will be available to specific businesses on their energy bills. To check whether you are eligible, you can review the applicable SIC (Standard Industrial Classification) codes, here.

Whilst the original deadline for the Energy and Trade Intensive industry (ETII) discount was 25th July, if you have since become eligible after 26th April 2023, or were previously eligible and have since switched suppliers, please notify the The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) so that they can update your records. DESNZ will then determine whether your business qualifies. We will then be in touch with you within 10 working days of DESNZ notifying us of your eligibility, with further details of your discount.

For more information on this discount, visit our FAQs or the Government’s website, here.

 

Qualifying Heat Suppliers discount  

‘QHS’ stands for ‘Qualifying Heat Suppliers’ discount. This discount is extra to the Energy Bills Discount Scheme (EBDS) and is available to Qualifying Heating Networks (QHNs). The discount is payable for QHNs that have domestic properties within their network.

Whilst the original deadline for the Qualifying Heat Suppliers (QHS) discount was 25th July, if you have since become eligible after 26th April 2023, or were previously eligible and have since switched suppliers, please notify the The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) so that they can update your records. DESNZ will then determine whether your business qualifies. We will then be in touch with you within 10 working days of DESNZ notifying us of your eligibility, with further details of your discount.

Please note that Heat Networks with domestic end consumers will be required by law to apply for this support and pass on the benefit they receive to their end consumers.

For more information on this discount, visit our FAQs or the Government’s website, here.

If you cannot apply online, or have any questions about these discounts, please get in touch with DESNZ’s EBDS customer support team on: 

Email: support@ebds.beis.gov.uk

Telephone: 030 0400 5251

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm 

 

Learn more 

You can learn more about the new scheme on the Government’s website, here. You can also find our comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, here, or you can get in touch with our friendly customer service team at heretohelp@brytenergy.co.uk. 

Smart meters allow businesses to closely track their energy usage and minimise wastage, saving money and creating a more sustainable energy grid.

Energy prices are at the top of everyone’s agenda at the moment, including businesses. In the current climate it’s understandable that energy managers, procurement teams and facilities professionals want as much clarity as possible on how much they spend on energy, and where they spend it.

According to thinktank Green Alliance, “wasted energy”, i.e. excess energy consumed through a lack of efficiency, could be costing UK businesses around £60m each year1. Wasted energy in the City of London alone could power over 65,000 homes, emitting the same amount of carbon annually as 46,000 cars2.

Smart meters can be a helpful way for businesses to keep track of their energy usage, saving both time and money by removing the need for manual meter readings and avoiding estimated invoices.

As part of the UK Government’s smart meter roll out, we’re on a mission to get eligible customers switched on to second-generation (SMETS2) smart meters, ensuring they can keep a close eye on what they’re using, minimise energy spend, and create a more sustainable approach to energy usage in the UK. SMETS2 meters in particular are designed to be universal and work across the industry, allowing you to easily to switch providers and keep the same smart meter.

What benefits can smart meters offer businesses?

Smart meters track energy usage down to the unit, making billing more accurate and helping consumers keep a tight control of their spend, by ensuring they only pay for the electricity they actually use. A smart meter records your usage in near real-time and, when paired with a data visualisation tool*, provides a view of your previous usage so you can take swift action to avoid energy wastage.

Data visualisation tools* linked to your smart meters make it far easier to gain a clear understanding of how and when your business consumes energy, and to spot trends or anomalies. It also helps businesses make informed decisions around where consumption can be reduced and energy efficiency measures improved. That data then enables a more accurate prediction of your energy usage, which suppliers can use to draw up the most suitable contract options for your business.

That deeper understanding of your energy consumption can help you make behavioural changes to reduce unnecessary usage, keep track of the impact your changes have, and communicate this to your teams more effectively – all without causing any disruption to your business or your people.

Beyond cost management, businesses can better work towards Environmental Social Governance (ESG) goals by using the usage data provided by smart meters to implement – and report on – energy efficiency targets. At a wider level, businesses also stand to better support the transition of the UK’s smart grid.

Make a change for the better with a smart grid

Assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) show that global temperatures will rise to catastrophic levels unless we take action3. The IPCC believes that if we all do our bit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through the decarbonisation of energy, we can still stabilise global temperatures.

In the UK, energy supply is one of the biggest sources of emissions, with the energy supply sector contributing more than 23.6% of the UK’s overall carbon emissions in 2021. Thankfully businesses nationwide are making the switch to renewable electricity to help reach net zero by 2050, and smart meters – and ‘smart grids’ – play a fundamental role in this.

You might have heard the phrase ‘smart grid’ before, but if you haven’t, a smart grid is an alternative to a traditional energy network that enables two-way digital dialogue between a supplier and consumer. Smart grids allow for better monitoring and analysis of energy usage on both your side and ours, and this two-way conversation is important as the UK transitions to a net zero system.

As part of the energy transition, industries such as heat and transport will need to decarbonise and electrify, which will cause demand for electricity to rise. As that increases, today’s infrastructure of cables, pylons, and substations may struggle to cope. By getting to grips with the usage data and generation data across the network, the UK will be in a far better position to match supply with demand and operate an efficient energy system – one which actively supports renewable electricity sources whilst providing reliable and affordable electricity for everyone. Taking a smarter approach to electricity usage can help everyone get the most out of the existing infrastructure, reducing the need for expensive upgrades.

With a smart meter tracking your business’s energy usage, you’ll be better equipped to make targeted efficiency improvements, minimising the electricity you use and reducing wastage whilst supporting the transition to a smart grid and net zero.

What is the process for installing a business smart meter?

Some people may worry that getting a smart meter installed could be disruptive to their day, but the process couldn’t be simpler. We can install your smart meter for free between 08:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday**. Your power will typically be down for only around 30-40 minutes and our engineers will try their hardest to minimise any disruption.

Did you know? If you are a rental tenant, you can still get a smart meter as long as you pay the energy bill. And if your landlord pays, you will just need to seek their permission first.

If you have any other questions around smart meters, you view our full list of FAQs, here.

Why choose a business smart meter from Bryt Energy?

A better approach to energy is within our collective grasp and it’s up to all of us to make it a reality. From the start, Bryt Energy has been providing British businesses with zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity, sourced solely from Solar, Wind and Hydro power.

Every organisation’s journey in reducing carbon emissions is unique, and the best place to start is by switching to a trusted supplier of renewable electricity. Our range of tools, including second-generation smart meters, can take your business’s energy awareness and management to entirely new levels, enabling you to play your part in a net zero future.

 

If you’re looking to have a smart meter installed, or have any questions at all, please speak to our friendly team of experts by either filling in our web form or emailing us at smart@brytenergy.co.uk.

 

*Please speak to our smart metering team to discuss suitable options available to your business.

**If you require an appointment outside of these times, please discuss this when arranging your installation, as there may be an Out of Hours charge dependent on the time and day of your booking.

Sources
  1. https://green-alliance.org.uk/publication/a-smarter-way-to-save-energy-using-digital-technology-to-increase-business-energy-efficiency/
  2. https://green-alliance.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/A_smarter_way_to_save_energy_methodology.pdf
  3. https://www.ipcc.ch/

For the seventh year in a row, our parent company, Statkraft, has released its Low Emissions Scenario. A leading international hydropower company and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, Statkraft’s latest report is a comprehensive analysis of the global energy market towards 2050.

 

This year’s Low Emissions Scenario looks at the need to reduce dependence on Russian gas and the increased ambitions around renewable energy. In the report, Statkraft predicts that Europe will have significantly more solar power by 2030 than expected before the war in Ukraine and, along with wind power, will be the crucial renewable technology in reducing the European Union’s dependence on Russian gas and cutting emissions.

Statkraft’s Low Emissions Scenario demonstrates that we don’t have to choose between solving the ongoing energy crisis or the climate crisis. The solution to both crises is the same: more renewable energy and more efficient energy use.

Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, President and CEO of Statkraft, continues: “In the Low Emissions Scenario, the best measures to solve the ongoing energy crisis are the same measures that are crucial to fighting the climate crisis. A greater focus on energy security and energy self-sufficiency will also drive the green energy transition”.

 

Some of the key findings from the report include:

  • Statkraft’s Low Emissions Scenario is an optimistic yet realistic scenario, where global energy-related CO2 emissions are reduced by 60% from today until 2050. The scenario will be within emission levels that can limit global warming to 2°C. An even faster transition is necessary to reach the 1.5°C target.
  • It will be challenging, but possible for the EU to become independent of Russian Gas by 2030.
  • Along with wind power, solar power will be key to making this independence happen.
  • Solar power will be the global winner in the energy transition. It will become the world’s largest source of power generation around 2035 and by 2050, will produce 26 times more power than today.
  • The use of fossil fuels will fall sharply. In the power mix, coal will drop by 75% and gas will drop by 23%.
  • Renewable energy will account for almost 80% of the world’s total power generation in 2050.
  • Increased use of renewable energy, combined with technological solutions available to ensure greater flexibility, are cornerstones of the energy transition.
  • Hydropower and hydrogen will continue to grow in importance as emission-free and flexible resources.
  • Energy storage solutions, such as batteries, will be essential to keep balance in a more intermittent, weather-dependent energy system.

 

“Energy security, demand for affordable energy, and the climate crisis all indicate that we should now accelerate the global energy transition. Electrification based on renewable power, and energy efficiency are key pillars,” says Christian Rynning-Tønnesen.

 

If you’d like to learn more about Statkraft’s Low Emissions Scenario, visit their website, here. You can also read the full report by clicking here.

12th January 2023

*The UK Government has recently announced a new ‘Energy Bills Discount Scheme’, which will run from 1st April 2023 – 31st March 2024. Replacing the current ‘Energy Bill Relief Scheme’, it aims to help support businesses with the cost of wholesale energy for an additional 12 months.

You can read our full statement on the recent announcement, here.

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4th November 2022

We welcome the Government’s announcement of their ‘Energy Bill Relief Scheme’ to support businesses during the current energy crisis. The legislation came into force on 1st November, and you can find the rules, guidance and scheme documents on the Government’s website, here. You can also find the full regulations of the scheme, here.

 

What is the Energy Bill Relief Scheme? 

The Energy Bill Relief Scheme provides a discount on wholesale electricity and gas prices for non-domestic customers, calculated by reference to a supported price set by the government. 

The Government Supported Price has been set at £211/MWh for electricity, though the level of discount will vary for each business depending on their contract type and circumstances.   

The scheme’s discount will be applied to energy usage initially between 1st October 2022 – 31st March 2023. It will apply to fixed contracts agreed on or after 1st December 2021, as well as to deemed, variable and flexible tariffs and contracts.  

 

Eligibility 

The eligibility for the scheme has been defined by The Department of Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as follows:     

Everyone on a non-domestic contract including:   

  • businesses  
  • voluntary sector organisations, such as charities  
  • public sector organisations such as schools, hospitals and care homes  

who are:   

  • on existing fixed price contracts that were agreed on or after 1st December 2021
  • signing new fixed price contracts  
  • on Deemed/Out of Contract or variable tariffs  
  • on flexible purchase or similar contracts  

If you are on a fixed contract, your discount will be determined by the date you signed your contract. We recommend that you check the date you signed your contract to get an indication of whether you will be eligible for a discount on the electricity you consume between 1st October 2022– 31st March 2023.  

You can view the dates and discounts you may receive on the Government’s website, here. 

If you are eligible, you will not have to take action or apply to the scheme to receive support. We will automatically apply the associated discounts to all eligible customers’ bills for their electricity consumption from 1st October 2022, which will be billed from November onwards.

The Government will review the scheme in the coming months to inform decisions on future support after March 2023, focusing primarily on assisting the most vulnerable non-domestic customers.  

 

Learn more 

We have a range of FAQs on the ‘Energy Bill Relief Scheme’ and the energy market more generally that we continue to update, which you may find helpful during this time: https://www.brytenergy.co.uk/faqs/

You can also read more about the new support for businesses on the Government’s website, here.

The current energy crisis is a key concern for all of us. The UK has never before seen such high and volatile wholesale energy prices. With Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, gas prices have soared and when coupled with a post-Covid increase in demand, as well as electricity shortages in Europe, electricity prices in the UK have been driven up to extreme levels. This is creating unprecedented challenges for many businesses (and their employees) and understandably you may be worried about how you can navigate the upcoming months. 

 

We welcome the Government’s recent announcement of their intent to support business customers with measures to reduce the impact of higher wholesale energy costs initially over the next 6 months. The precise details of the support mechanism for UK businesses have not yet been announced and we have committed to collaborate with the Government and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deliver the plans. We are resolved to ensure that all eligible customers receive the benefit of Government support, and we will contact those affected customers as quickly as possible once the measures are published. Our website will also be kept updated with the latest information.  

 

In the meantime, we’d like to reassure our customers that we’re still available should you need us – you can get in touch with our customer service team at heretohelp@brytenergy.co.uk and one of our team will be happy to help. We’d also like to remind customers that you can use your customer portal to access bills and to submit meter reads. 

 

Whilst we fully appreciate that this may be a very emotional and frustrating situation for you, we ask you to remember that our employees are working hard to try to support you through this crisis and that they too are facing its impacts.

The current energy crisis is a key concern for all of us. The UK has never before seen such high and volatile wholesale energy prices. With Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, gas prices have soared and when coupled with a post-Covid increase in demand, as well as electricity shortages in Europe, electricity prices in the UK have been driven up to extreme levels. This is creating unprecedented challenges for many businesses (and their employees) and understandably you may be worried about how you can navigate the upcoming months. 

 

We welcome the Government’s recent announcement of their intent to support business customers with measures to reduce the impact of higher wholesale energy costs initially over the next 6 months. The precise details of the support mechanism for UK businesses have not yet been announced and we have committed to collaborate with the Government and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to deliver the plans. We are resolved to ensure that all eligible customers receive the benefit of Government support, and we will contact those affected customers as quickly as possible once the measures are published. Our website will also be kept updated with the latest information.  

 

In the meantime, we’d like to reassure our customers that we’re still available should you need us – you can get in touch with our customer service team at heretohelp@brytenergy.co.uk and one of our team will be happy to help. We’d also like to remind customers that you can use your customer portal to access bills and to submit meter reads. 

 

Whilst we fully appreciate that this may be a very emotional and frustrating situation for you, we ask you to remember that our employees are working hard to try to support you through this crisis and that they too are facing its impacts.

If you like to stay on top of any future energy cost changes that could affect your business, you’ll no doubt already be aware of Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review (TCR). With the new rules due to come into effect in April 2022, the TCR will establish a new system by which network owners charge energy customers for the use of the electricity networks in the UK.

 

The changes brought about by the TCR will impact every business differently, so it’s vital for every business to understand how the TCR will affect their bills before they enter into their next electricity contract. Here are the main things you need to know…   

WHAT’S HAPPENING AND WHY?

The TCR is an Ofgem-led project that assesses how network charges are set and recovered. Launched in August 2017, the intention behind the TCR was to decide whether the system needed to be reformed to make it fairer. It addressed the concern that the current mechanisms used to recover Distribution Use of System (DUoS) and Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) charges could lead to inefficient use of the network and create an adverse effect on consumers. The current Triad system sees half hourly (HH) metered customers charged for electricity transmission costs according to their consumption during the three half-hour periods in Winter when overall demand on the grid is at its peak. Ofgem is concerned that this system distorts the market by encouraging some businesses to shift their consumption to avoid Triad periods and not pay their share towards maintaining the grid year-round.

 

Based on the findings of the TCR, Ofgem has decided to supplement the existing Triad consumption-based system for TNUoS with a banding-based daily charging system that should encourage businesses to manage their demand all year round – not just in winter. Distribution Use of System (DUoS) tariffs have always had a fixed daily charge component. But as part of TCR, Ofgem has directed that the way DNOs (Distribution Network Officers) set this charge should also change – moving some of the cost recovery that currently comes through the volume-based rates into the fixed daily charge.

 

The banding for each meter on businesses’ site(s) will be based on their agreed supply capacity (if there has been one agreed) or their Estimated Annual Consumption (EAC), if an agreed supply capacity is not in place. These changes were intended to roll out in April 2022, however Ofgem is now proposing a delay in the TNUoS changes until April 2023. A consultation on this is currently in progress and a decision will be made in August; we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on any developments. The changes to DUoS tariffs are expected to still go live in April 2022.

HOW BUSINESSES WILL BE AFFECTED 

For larger businesses able to reduce or shift energy volumes, winter Triad periods have historically provided an opportunity to make savings through flexibility by reducing consumption during peak periods. Even those who aren’t able to be flexible in their usage can mitigate the impact of Triads by increasing their energy efficiency. Under the new system, Triad avoidance will no longer be possible for many and, where it remains, the benefits will be significantly reduced. This means that businesses who used this method to reduce their TNUos costs might find their annual energy bills could be significantly increased. For businesses previously able to boost generation revenue by exporting energy to the grid at peak times, the reduction of Triads could affect their bottom line and reduce the benefits of having on-site generation. While businesses who participate in grid-balancing Demand Side Response schemes will still be able to benefit from doing so, they will lose out on the additional revenue available during Triad periods.

 

Another consideration is that the cost of Triads is typically spread across bills over 12 months, until the next Triad period. However, for those businesses whose contracts start in the October before the TCR cost mechanism comes into effect, Triad costs will have to be recovered in half the time. Businesses should therefore work these costs into their budgets now.

 

For some, the TCR will mean a bigger energy bill and a need to rebalance the budget in other ways. But large energy users who have previously been unable to consume energy flexibly and have therefore been hit with excessive Triad costs could actually see a reduction in non-commodity costs – and it’s these businesses that must think most carefully before they choose their next contract.

TOTAL TRANSPARENCY FOR OUR CUSTOMERS

Although the TCR deadline has been pushed back, we know that our customers want to prepare for the changes now, so we’re striving to provide certainty where we can (and total transparency where we can’t). DNOs have published their DUoS charges for 2022, and TNUoS charges are still to be confirmed. Whilst there might be some delays to this roll out, one certainty is that every supplier will pass these costs through to their customers differently. For example, some suppliers are building in risk premiums or change clauses to protect themselves from any potential changes to the current prices. This means customers will need to think about which supplier’s method will work best for their business.

 

Businesses who aren’t able to be flexible at peak times, and could therefore benefit as a result of the TCR, should look carefully at the way their supplier is proposing to manage the ‘risk’ related to the TCR – as this risk will not apply to them. If they opt for a contract in which the supplier has included a significant risk premium, for example, then they will miss out on the savings they could have made and could find that they’re paying much more than they need to be for their electricity.

 

At Bryt Energy, we’re trusted by nature, so we’ve come up with a transparent way to accurately price according to what we know now, to provide our customers with as much certainty as we can while recognising that prices may still change slightly. From September 2020 we’ve clearly stated the TCR banded charges into our new contracts in order to give our customers as much visibility of their costs as possible. And because our operations are built to be agile, our prices will always reflect Ofgem’s latest position and advice.

GETTING READY FOR THE TCR

Every business will be affected by the TCR changes differently, so it’s important to identify and prepare for how these changes will affect your organisation. You can do this by:

 

1. Speaking to your electricity supplier

Ask your supplier the following questions to find out how they will account for the TCR changes and how they will affect your bill if you stay with that supplier:

 

  1. Have you included TNUoS costs in your contract or are they passed-through?
  2. What band has been applied to each of my meters?
  3. In what circumstances would you amend TCR rates?
  4. How are you accounting for unknown costs?

 

2. Making the most of your flexible solutions

If you’re currently using technology or solutions to avoid Triad periods and expensive time of use charges, the benefits might be reduced slightly once we switch to a fixed-rate charge, but they won’t disappear. Now is the time to consider how you use these solutions to optimise your usage 24/7 and boost your revenue in other ways.

 

To learn more about TCR and how we’re supporting our customers through the changes, please contact us on solutions@brytenergy.co.uk.

Please note that Bryt Energy is no longer a carbon neutral organisation. Instead we have decided to focus on robust carbon emissions reduction targets, which have been validated by the globally recognised Science Based Target initiative (SBTi). By setting our targets using the most up-to-date climate science, we are ensuring we are playing our part in global action to tackle climate change and are accountable for reducing our emissions alongside a verifiable pathway. To learn more about our targets, you can visit page 16 of our 2023 Bryt by Nature report, here.

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Here at Bryt Energy, we’re proud to announce that we were the fastest growing business electricity supplier in Britain in 2020*! 

We saw impressive organic growth in electricity volume in 2020 compared to 2019*, suggesting that carbon reduction remains a priority for businesses, despite recent COVID challenges. This is an encouraging sign that businesses are getting behind the UK’s commitment to a green recovery.   

BUSINESSES COMMITTED TO DECARBONISATION 

With business decarbonisation critical to meeting the UK’s goal to reach net zero emissions by 2050, organisations are increasingly choosing energy partners that can help them to meet their carbon reduction targets.   

 

Our Managing Director, Ian Brothwell, said: “Making the switch to renewable electricity is now seen as the first step for businesses looking to reduce their carbon footprint, and Bryt Energy’s growth demonstrates the increasing demand for electricity from zero carbon, 100% natural sources, such as solar, wind and hydro power. At a time when many businesses are facing increased pressure due to COVID-19, supporting their sustainability claims with credible action (such as making the switch to a renewable supply) demonstrates a clear commitment to a low carbon future.  

 

“It’s been a challenging year and I’m proud of how the Bryt Energy Team has adapted to working from home to achieve such a fantastic result. Our growth over the last 12 months has really been a testament to the passion of the Team, who have gone above and beyond to support both new and existing customers throughout the pandemic. This is reflected by our average customer satisfaction rating of 4.9/5 during this time+.”  

SUSTAINABLE BY NATURE 

As part of our own sustainability plans, we became a carbon neutral^ business in 2020 and have committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2025 through our ‘Bryt By Nature’ programme. We’ve also committed to several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of this.   

 

Ian Brothwell continues: “We pride ourselves on practicing what we preach – we know that sustainability is about more than just the environment – it’s about ensuring a positive impact on our whole sphere of influence. With the government setting ambitious targets for UK generation of renewable electricity, this year will be a crucial one for businesses to put in place strong sustainability strategies. That is why we are looking forward to working with more like-minded customers to help turn their ambitions into actions.”  

GET SUPPORT WITH YOUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY 

If you’d like to talk with one of our friendly experts about your own sustainability journey, please call us on 0121 726 7575 or email  solutions@brytenergy.co.uk

 

*Organic growth only, based on Bryt Energy’s 2020 share of national settled electricity volumes in Great Britain compared to 2019 share, versus other business-only suppliers.

 

+based upon all customer responses to all routine satisfaction surveys undertaken by Bryt Energy between April 2020 – May 2021. 

 

^Carbon neutral is defined by Bryt Energy as Scope 1, 2 & 3 for the categories of gas, electricity, water, waste and business travel. The scope 1, 2 & 3 carbon emissions for 2016-2019 were 106.64 tonnes and therefore 110 tonnes of carbon credits from the Bokhol Solar project were retired on behalf of Bryt Energy by EcoAct in August 2020.  

WHY WE’RE VOLUNTARILY REPORTING UNDER SECR

Bryt Energy isn’t one of the almost 12,000 companies legally required to report under the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) scheme – but we have just published a voluntary report anyway. And we think more businesses could benefit from voluntarily reporting, too.

 

When you’re working within a busy organisation, choosing to report under an energy reporting scheme like SECR when you’re not required to may seem like extra work. But if your organisation is serious about improving its sustainability, voluntary reporting can help you to get the most out of your efforts.

 

If you’re looking at reporting under SECR, here’s what you need to know:

WHAT IS SECR?

The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting scheme, also known as SECR, is a relatively new energy efficiency reporting scheme that first came into force in April 2019. It was designed to replace the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme, which many businesses found complex, with a simpler reporting process. SECR also extends energy reporting obligations to far more businesses than the CRC did – around 11,900 businesses must now report under SECR, whereas only 4,000 reported under the CRC.

 

By expanding the number of businesses required to comply with SECR, the Government is striving to encourage more companies to calculate their carbon footprint. Companies must submit their SECR report within their annual Director’s Report, which means that their sustainability progress can be analysed by their stakeholders, staff and customers. This is intended to encourage them to not only understand their carbon emissions, but also take action to reduce them.

WHO’S AFFECTED BY SECR?

SECR applies to all UK quoted companies, as well as UK registered businesses that meet two or more* of the following criteria within the financial year that they are reporting:

 

a) 250 employees or more

b) £36m turnover or more

c) Balance sheet total of £18m or more

 

*There are some exemptions to this, and you can read the full government guidance, here.

REPORTING REQUIREMENTS

Every company must report their Scope 1 and 2 emissions, whilst unquoted companies are also required to report on their emissions from business travel in Scope 3. These are:

 

Scope 1 – includes emissions from activities owned or controlled by your company that directly release emissions into the atmosphere, e.g. the gas used to heat your building.

 

Scope 2 – covers your indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity.

 

Scope 3 – includes emissions which you do not have direct control over, but that you can influence, for instance through your supply chain or the stakeholders you work with. An example of Scope 3 would be the emissions associated with your employees commuting to work.

 

Your SECR report must also include commentary on the energy efficiency measures you have implemented within the reporting period, as well as your methodology for calculating your emissions.

CHOOSING AN INTENSITY RATIO

You will also need to provide at least one intensity ratio, which expresses your annual emissions in relation to a standard business metric, such as your turnover or number of full time employees. At Bryt, we chose four intensity ratios to track our performance as we grow, and we’ve explained why below. We report in kilograms of carbon dioxide equivalent emitted per year (kgCO2e):

  • GWh of electricity supplied to our customers – an industry specific measure that is most relevant to our business output.
  • M2 of office space that we occupy – allows us to compare our performance to other companies in the service sector.
  • Million pounds of turnover – will show how we’re decoupling our carbon emissions from our economic growth; a key principle of decarbonising our economy.
  • Full Time Employees – allows us to compare our performance with a wider number of companies beyond the energy sector.
BENEFITS OF REPORTING

By reporting under SECR, your company could benefit in the following ways:

1. Identify areas for improvement

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. You can only begin to effectively reduce your emissions once you are accurately tracking your carbon emissions. At Bryt, for example, we learnt that Scope 3 business travel is our largest area of emissions – and now we’re taking actions to address that.

 

2. Focus on energy efficiency

SECR compliance requires you to report on the actions your organisation has taken to improve its energy efficiency, year-on-year. This should encourage you to take action to ensure you’re making continual progress towards greater sustainability.

 

3. Engage your team in your sustainability efforts

Your SECR report must include an intensity ratio that’s appropriate for your industry – this makes your report much easier for stakeholders, staff and customers to understand and engage with, and creates benchmarks to compare to other businesses’ efforts to reduce their carbon emissions.

WHY WE’RE LEADING THE WAY

While SECR gives companies a simpler approach to energy reporting, it still involves time and resources, so you might be wondering why Bryt has chosen to undertake this additional work voluntarily?

 

Well, we want to be more than just a supplier – we want to be able to help our customers along their sustainability journeys. It wasn’t easy for us to produce our SECR report. For example, it was difficult for us to get some of the key data we needed because we share our offices with other businesses. But by going through the exercise of producing and publishing our report voluntarily, we can better understand the challenges involved and provide better support to our customers that are required to report under SECR.

 

We’re also producing our report because we simply believe it’s the right thing to do. SECR provides businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors with a universal template for transparently reporting their progress, making it easier to compare organisations’ efforts to reduce their carbon emissions.

 

As this is our first SECR report, we have used the template provided by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We’re keen to learn along the way, so we’re looking forward to seeing more companies’ reports and getting to grips with what best practice will look like.

READ OUR SECR REPORT

Interested in reporting under SECR, or just curious about what’s involved? We’ve already done all the hard work – and now our report is complete! So if you’re wondering what a final SECR report looks like, you can check out our first one here.

 

We always welcome feedback, so if you have any thoughts on our first SECR report, get in touch with us at marketing@brytenergy.co.uk.

Sources

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/environmental-reporting-guidelines-including-mandatory-greenhouse-gas-emissions-reporting-guidance

Health and beauty giant, A.S. Watson, owner of Superdrug, The Perfume Shop and Savers, have recently confirmed they will be extending their zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity supply contract by 12 months, after celebrating a year and a half since switching to us.

Since 1st April 2019, all 1400 retail sites nationwide have been supplied with zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity, sourced solely from Wind, Hydro and Solar power. In the first 12 months on supply, A.S. Watson saved over 19,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of filling Wembley Stadium with CO2 almost three times! In addition, the 12-month contract extension strengthens our growing partnership with A.S. Watson.

 

A.S. Watson had been looking to gain an understanding of their energy usage across their retail portfolio, as well as reduce their carbon footprint as part of their sustainability and corporate social responsibility programme. Offering them a unique package of renewable electricity, with the opportunity to install solar and storage technology, optimisation controls and smart data portfolio analytics, we became the ideal choice of partner. Having the trust in our ability to take on and manage the entire site portfolio in a complex and dynamic market was a key factor in the final decision making for A.S. Watson.

 

Our Managing Director, Ian Brothwell, said: “We are continuing to develop a long-term partnership with A.S. Watson to provide retail portfolio solutions that allow them to understand, monitor and reduce their consumption, work more sustainably and future-proof their energy supply. The switch demonstrates their confidence in Bryt Energy and, more broadly, the market’s move to purchasing from renewable sources.”

 

Nigel Duxbury, Property Director at A.S. Watson UK, said: “Being a responsible retailer is vitally important for us and our customers, and we are pleased to use renewable energy in our stores. This is a change which has a positive impact on the environment, being made across our business to be more sustainable.”

 

 

For more information on how we can support your business on its carbon-reducing journey, get in touch at solutions@brytenergy.co.uk or on 0121 726 7575. You can also follow us at:

 

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/bryt-energy/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/BrytEnergy

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/brytenergy/

With more choices than ever, car owners are increasingly choosing the sustainable option and going Electric. However, despite their critical role in reducing emissions and reaching net zero, electric vehicles (EV) numbers are still relatively low compared to those fuelled with petrol or diesel1.

 

We know that during the height of the current pandemic, human activity slowed to reduce the spread of coronavirus, emissions dropped, and nature bounced back2. Inevitably these effects are likely to be temporary when the world returns to the new normal, and EV’s may offer a realistic way to rebuild whilst reducing travel emissions more permanently.

 

As we, thankfully, see a return to normality we can begin to review current behaviours and look to the future. Could a boost to EV’s be part of the sustainable road to recovery following COVID-19?

 

To find out more, we caught up with our colleagues at Grønn Kontakt (also part of the Statkraft family) to see what an EV future might look like. Anthony Hinde is Managing Director at Grønn Kontakt.

 

So Anthony, what led you to choose an EV? And what do you think an EV future would look like?

“EV’s are a key part of a more sustainable and healthier future. The WHO estimates that pollution is responsible for an estimated 4.2 million deaths globally per year3, with up to 36,000 of these within the UK alone4, and vehicle emissions are a significant part of this. In fact, the UK transport sector is responsible for 28% of UK COemissions5. Provided EV’s are charged using a renewable electricity supply, they can dramatically reduce pollution, particularly for urban areas.

 

For me, this is just so incredibly important. You may be familiar with the case of 9-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah in 2013? She died, potentially as a result of unlawful levels of air pollution along her walk to school6. And this isn’t an isolated incident – Unicef’s Toxic School Run report really highlights the particular risks posed to children, with an estimated 11,000 new daily child-asthma cases worldwide7. If we can prevent this, surely, we must?

 

It’s also important to remember that emissions pose threats beyond the immediate impact on human health; the links between emissions, increasing global temperatures and climate change are well known. Climate change may already be responsible for 150,000 deaths a year alongside increasing biodiversity loss8. With ethical sourcing and a Circular Economy approach, EV’s can reduce pollution across the whole supply chain. And, with reduced fossil fuel use, chances of damaging leaks or spills are also lessened9.

 

One other benefit that has been particularly highlighted recently is the potential reduction in noise pollution, as EV’s are quieter than petrol and diesel cars. With the recent reduction in traffic due to COVID-19, the world has been quieter – I’ve heard more birdsong in the last few months than in several years! With more EV’s, less traffic noise from vehicles could become the norm.”

 

As an EV owner, what can you tell us about the experience of driving one?

“For me, the biggest part of the experience is that my driving feels guilt-free. Driving is now a pleasure without a caveat and recharging without carcinogenic fumes and traces on pump nozzles is a much more pleasant experience than traditional re-fuelling!

 

Otherwise, EV’s are quiet and they accelerate quicker. Unless on a racetrack, it doesn’t realistically matter how fast your car can go, but how quickly it can get there really affects the driving experience – no more moving up gears! On average, an EV would only need to be charged once a week. Mine charges from 0% to 80% in about 40 minutes with a regular rapid 50kw DC charger, and I’ve found that I can easily do this whilst out shopping!”

 

So how might EV’s and charging points affect businesses? Are there any revenue opportunities?

“EV’s and charging points offer a great opportunity for businesses! With the right renewable electricity supply, converting your fleet to electric can immediately reduce your carbon footprint. Not only would this make your business more compliant with emissions regulations, but being sustainable is good for revenue, operational efficiency, and even stock value10.

 

Having an EV charge point on-site can really boost footfall and how long customers stay, meaning more shopping, more meals, more entertainment, and increased revenue. It’s also a great way to create added value for your customers. Charging points can be a real draw for desirable clients, offering a chance for them to charge their cars or fleets whilst on-site – a potential advantage over competitors.

 

Charge points are also likely to affect employee retention. Increasingly, employees are finding they like to work for organisations they feel are doing the right thing and, as EV’s become more popular, more employees may expect charging facilities. Offering this is a great chance to attract and retain motivated and high-performing individuals.”

 

There are clearly many benefits to EV’s, but the uptake has so far been slow. What do you feel are the main barriers?

“In my opinion, the biggest barriers to EV uptake seems to be the existing misconceptions around their cost and convenience, and the, very human, reluctance to change. However, these misconceptions are increasingly being recognised as no longer accurate.

 

Misconception 1: They’re inconvenient and difficult to charge.

As I said (and despite widespread belief), charging is not required every day and, for average users, is likely to only be once a week. Whilst there are some areas with less charging points such as Wales and the North East, new points are frequently added and plans for more charge-points were outlined in this year’s budget11. And, as popularity increases, so will pressure upon businesses to offer these facilities to visitors and employees.

 

For any businesses interested in installing a charge point, understanding your users’ needs and optimising for their convenience will be key to getting the full benefits. With 3 primary types of charger, rapid, fast and slow available, providers will need to understand whether a faster charger for shorter client visits, or a slower one for employees (whose cars can be charged across the day), is most suitable.

 

And there is grant support available to encourage charge-point installation and make EV’s more accessible, including:

 

Misconception 2: They’re expensive

Undeniably, many EV’s are currently on the pricier side initially and this can, understandably, deter many. However, to really understand their cost compared to a petrol or diesel car you need to look at the total cost of ownership (TCO). This includes initial purchase, repairs and maintenance, insurance, and energy (fuel or electricity), and when all of these are taken into account, even with the higher purchase price, the TCO of EVs is extremely competitive to that of petrol or diesel vehicles.

 

Miles Per Pound (MPP) for EV’s can be up to 3 times cheaper than that of regular cars, and pure EV’s are exempt from road tax costs12. And further savings are now possible with changes to the Business In Kind (BIK) tax applicable for company cars. This rewards EV use but penalises more polluting cars13.

 

Other costs can also be less. Whilst insurers are wary of more expensive parts (primarily the batteries) with fewer moving parts (20 compared to 2000), EV services are cheaper and less frequent.

 

And EV’s retain their value well, with batteries capable of being reused for Solar PV14 alongside generation projects. This successful implementation of a Circular Economy keeps EV value high as well as maximising resources.

 

It is also important to remember that there will be new restrictions for petrol, diesel, and hybrid cars due by 203515. This is likely to make EV’s a much more economical option over the next few years, avoiding potential financial penalties.”

 

SUMMARY

“With the country looking to boost the economy post Covid-19, I really believe that EV’s will play a key part in ‘rebuilding better’ and creating a more sustainable, healthier future. They offer a great opportunity for businesses to become more resilient and stand out from competition in an increasingly difficult marketplace. And, when combined with the right renewable electricity supply, they offer a real chance to reduce air pollution and meet those net zero carbon targets, meaning you can boost your business whilst doing the right thing for the future.”

 

 

Bryt Energy and Grønn Kontakt are both part of the Statkraft Group, a leading international hydropower company and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy.

 

Bryt Energy, part of the Statkraft Group, is a passionate, future-focused electricity company, on a mission to take their community on a carbon-reducing journey.  Bryt Energy’s power is zero carbon and 100% renewable, using only Wind, Hydro and Solar energy sources to power British businesses. Whether it be on-site generation, battery storage or optimisation controls, Bryt Energy are at the forefront of the clean energy technology revolution with solutions that maximise value from customers’ electricity supply contracts.

 

Grønn Kontakt is an electric vehicle charging company that offer public and workplace EV charging. From the end of April 2021, Gronn Kontakt will become Mer. Mer is the consolidation of Statkraft’s EV charging companies across Europe under one new identity which will reflect their vision and sustainable background.

 

To find out how we could help your business, get in touch at 0121 726 7575 or solutions@brytenergy.co.uk.

Sources

1. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/electric-car-sales-sales-diesel-brexit-business-a9271041.html

2. https://www.brytenergy.co.uk/knowledge-hub/learnings-from-covid-19-a-glimpse-into-a-low-carbon-future/

3. https://www.who.int/health-topics/air-pollution#tab=tab_1

4. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-health-england-publishes-air-pollution-evidence-review

5. https://eandt.theiet.org/content/articles/2020/02/uk-emissions-fall-as-coal-power-shut-off-date-brought-forward/

6. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-48132490

7. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/apr/10/vehicle-pollution-results-in-4m-child-asthma-cases-a-year

8. https://www.who.int/heli/risks/climate/climatechange/en/

9. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-53831687

10. https://www.brytenergy.co.uk/knowledge-hub/how-zero-carbon-electricity-can-help-you-win-more-business/

11. https://www.brytenergy.co.uk/knowledge-hub/uk-budget-2020-looking-to-a-more-sustainable-future-in-an-uncertain-present/

12. https://www.motoringresearch.com/car-news/electric-cars-cheaper-to-run/

13. https://www.whatcar.com/advice/owning/company-car-tax-bands/n1255

14. https://www.pv-magazine.com/2020/05/25/used-ev-batteries-for-large-scale-solar-energy-storage/

15. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-51366123

We’re delighted to be collaborating with Aston University’s Low Carbon SMEs programme to provide 3, 30-minute webinars beginning on the 8th September.

Offering insight and tips on electricity management, our Head of SME Sales, Nick Lailey, will discuss electricity bills, electricity consumption, efficiency and reducing costs, and how a renewable supply can boost your business.

 

Low Carbon SMEs will also be providing information on the grant funding and free diagnostic support available to Midlands businesses. This is a fantastic resource for any independent business interested in understanding their electricity, reducing costs, and becoming more sustainable. 

WEBINAR TOPICS AND DATES:
08/09/2020 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR ELECTRICITY BILL:

What do the charges on your invoice mean and how can you manage these to reduce costs and become more efficient?  

 

15/09/2020 – UNDERSTANDING YOUR ELECTRICITY USAGE:  

How can you optimise your energy usage? 

 

22/09/2020 – HOW A RENEWABLE SUPPLY CAN BOOST YOUR BUSINESS: 

What is renewable energy, what options are there, and which one might suit your business? And how can it boost your business? 

 

You can find out more about the webinars and sign-up,here.  

LOW CARBON SMES

Aston University’s Low Carbon SMEs Programme supports energy-intensive industries to reduce their carbon footprint, energy costs and improve profitability. The project is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is open to small & medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Greater Birmingham & Solihull and Black Country regions. 

 

They provide:

  • Access to energy efficiency capital grants of up to £6000 (match-funded)
  • Free on-site energy efficiency survey
  • Cutting-edge collaboration opportunities with Aston University
  • Workshops/Webinars sharing best practise

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    Over the past few months, we’ve all experienced the effects of Covid-19 in different ways. We recently discussed how changes to daily life have impacted the environment around us, but how has the pandemic affected the grid mix, in particular, renewable energy?
    RENEWABLES AND LOW CARBON POWER INCREASE IN 2020

    Renewable energy has been the only energy source to grow globally this year, as the pandemic has caused demand to reduce on a scale not seen since WW2! In fact, industry electricity demand in the UK has fallen by 5%, whilst domestic demand is down 1.5%1. On a global level, electricity consumption is expected to fall by 5% in 2020, although the impact on demand will be heavily dependent on the duration and speed of recovery following the lockdown measures taken in each country2.

     

    The continued growth seen in renewable generation during this period is set to have a long term influence over our energy future. Proving their resilience, wind generation increased by 40% compared to the same period last year and in total, low carbon energy made up 60% of the UK’s generation in the first quarter of 20201.

    FOSSIL FUELS DECLINE

    In contrast, there have been major reductions in electricity generated from oil, coal and natural gas. Generation from coal fell by a massive 24% last year and now contributes less than half of what it did in 20073In fact, the UK went 67 days without coal generation, with help from carbon pricing and national coal phase-out policies4.

     

    In addition, gas production is down by almost 30% in the last quarter, bringing an end to a decade of uninterrupted global growth1.

    IMPACT ON EMISSIONS

    Coal’s decline has had a dramatic impact on pollution. EU power sector emissions have fallen by nearly 30% in the last six years. Last year they fell by 12%, the largest single year reduction since 19901.

     

    The more recent collapse in fossil fuel demand is predicted to lead to a further reduction of 3 billion tonnes in carbon emissions, equivalent to 8% of the global total1. This is broadly in line with the reduction required every year, if the net zero emissions target is be achieved by 20501.

     

     

    The resilience of renewables and their growth during this period is an important milestone as we work towards a low carbon future. However, many caution that the government’s funds for the UK’s economic recovery should also be linked to the Paris Agreement. This is crucial to avoid a resurgence in emissions, like those which followed the Credit Crunch 2, and to ensure we rebuild in a better, more sustainable way.

     

    If you’d like to understand how we can support your business on its sustainability journey, get in touch with our friendly team at solutions@brytenergy.co.uk or on 0121 726 7575.

    Sources

    1. Energy Trends

    2. International Energy Agency

    3. Ember Climate

    4. The Guardian

    The University of Sheffield has recently made the switch to our zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity!

    The signed contracts will ensure the entire University’s estate will be supplied with our zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity, sourced solely from Wind, Hydro and Solar power. This covers all the University’s buildings, including their central campus, accommodation, and all other facilities.

     

    With electricity being the largest component of the University’s on-campus carbon emissions, their switch to renewables will have a dramatic impact on their carbon footprint and shows the University’s commitment to sustainable development.

     

    Our Managing Director, Ian Brothwell, said: “We are looking forward to developing a long-term partnership with The University of Sheffield to support them on their low carbon, sustainability journey. The switch highlights their confidence in Bryt Energy and sets a positive example to the rest of the higher education sector.”

     

    Professor Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, said: “We are absolutely committed to addressing climate change via our research, our education and our institutional actions.
    “Switching to a 100% renewable electricity contract is an important step in our sustainability work and follows our work to completely divest from fossil fuels and incorporate sustainable development into our education.

     

    “We look forward to working closely with our students and staff on the next phase of our sustainable development.”

     

     

    For more information on how we can support your business on its carbon-reducing journey, get in touch at solutions@brytenergy.co.uk or on 0121 726 7575. You can also follow us at:

     

    LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/company/bryt-energy/

    Twitter – https://twitter.com/BrytEnergy

    Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/brytenergy/

    Given the current Covid-19 outbreak, we understand that many businesses will be adapting their usual routines to navigate through these unprecedented challenges. The government’s intervention and support will go some way to assisting you but what can you do lessen the impact on your business from an energy perspective?

     

    As your day-to-day routine changes and some of your buildings are temporarily vacated or even closed, there are several simple actions you can take to optimise your electricity usage, avoid unnecessary costs and ensure valuable renewable energy is not wasted. These changes could be adopted at any time to help your business all year round but really could have a significant impact right now.

     

    We’ve put together 5 top tips to get you started:

    Know Your Usage
    • We encourage you to regularly provide meter reads to your supplier so that you receive accurate billing during this time. This is particularly important if your business is making changes to your normal operations, as standard estimates could easily overstate (or understate if your operations have increased) consumption.
    • If you are currently experiencing unpredictable cash flow, ensuring that bills are accurate could help your business manage accounts more effectively.

     

    Switch it Off

    • If your business is temporarily vacating sites or reducing operational hours, is there anything that isn’t being used that could be switched off?
    • Heating, lighting, computers, fridges and freezers are just some examples of appliances that may temporarily not be required and could be switched off.
    • An air compressor will only run at or near full capacity between 60-100 hours in a full working week. As businesses’ routines change, reducing your compressors usage or turning it off completely during evenings and weekends could reduce your energy bills by up to 20%.1
    • Most buildings will have a fridge or freezer, especially in the hospitality sector, and these can be difficult to moderate as they’re running 24 hours a day making up a large proportion of your electricity bill. Your freezer works most efficiently when packed as full as possible, whilst a refrigerator needs air circulation to keep food at an even temperature. Prioritising freezing for food storage will allow you to turn off some of your fridges, reducing costs and helping energy efficiency.2

     

    Turn it Down

    • If there are appliances you can’t switch off, are there any you can turn down?
    • Reducing your room temperature by 1°c can save you between 8-10% on your heating bill, minimising your energy wastage and therefore reducing your energy bills.3
    • Likewise, any machinery that will be running in your absence should be reviewed. Can it be turned down or run for a shorter period of time? Even a small reduction in your energy consumption could have a notable reduction on your electricity bills.

     

    Get your Staff Engaged

    • As your business changes its routine and employees begin to work remotely, it’s likely some of your business’ electricity consumption will now take place at their home. So how can your employees avoid an unnecessary increase to their electricity bills?
    • Even the smallest changes to electricity usage can have a noticeable effect on bills. For example, by replacing all bulbs at home with LED alternatives, could save about £35 a year on electricity bills.4
    • Encouraging your employees to be more energy efficient, such as switching lights off when they’re not in the room or turning off devices when not in use, could contribute to a reduction in their electricity costs. These could also become practices you can apply to your business when work is back to normal.

     

    Look to the Future

    As businesses and individuals navigate through the challenges of this outbreak, the need to be innovative and make changes to our daily routines has been paramount.

    • In a short amount of time businesses and their employees have adapted, becoming more energy efficient, reducing consumption to decrease unnecessary costs and prioritising appliances that need to be used.
    • These changes, whilst necessary presently, can continue to have positive effects when business is back to usual, helping your business become more energy efficient, reduce costs and help the environment.

     

    Here at Bryt Energy, our zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity helps business reduce their carbon emissions all year long. A few simple changes to how you use your energy could make a positive impact to your business, your energy costs and the environment.

    Sources:
    1. 1.https://www.cagi.org/working-with-compressed-air/benefits/10-steps-to-savings.aspx
    2. 2.https://carbontrack.com.au/blog/reduce-fridge-running-cost/
    3. 3.http://documents.manchester.ac.uk/display.aspx?DocID=33442
    4. 4.https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/home-energy-efficiency/lighting

    Covid-19 has affected individuals, businesses, and industries in an unprecedented way across the world. Now many governments, including our own, expect Covid-19 to be with us for many months, if not years, ahead. So what impact is the virus having on the business electricity market and what do we need to look out for?  

     

    From the signals by the government on its energy policy, to the impact we have already seen in the market, here is a quick run through of the effects we’ve seen so far and the implications for you and your business. 

    Effects on policy

    Industry sources estimate that electricity demand has fallen by between 15-19% since the lockdown compared to a similar period last year when there were no restrictions1. A drop in demand on this scale was unprecedented and could have long term effects for all. Not the least for the government, which has been forced to delay the flagship UN Climate Summit, COP26, scheduled for Glasgow in November. It must now work even harder in pursuit of its net zero emissions programme to regain the momentum and achieve results in time for when the Summit reconvenes next year. 

     

    The push to reduce emissions is unlikely to be affected in the long-term, beyond the inevitable delay caused by the virus. We are told we can soon expect the government’s keynote Energy White Paper, sketching out its strategy for the 2020s2A new Transport Decarbonisation Plan will also appear later in the year and progress is planned for Carbon Capture & Storage and decarbonising heat; it seems that achieving net zero by 2050 is still a key priority for the government. 

     

    We may also be expected to follow the EU’s lead in putting clean energy investments and sustainability at the heart of the UK’industrial and business recovery from the virus3. Consequently, you would be well advised to ensure your organisation’s net zero aspirations remain in focus as recovery plans get underway. 

     

    EFFECTS ON THE MARKET

    Whilst the government is to provide financial relief for domestic customers that are most in need during Covid-19, the same cannot be said for business users4. Therefore, we have summarised the two main changes to the electricity market triggered by Covid-19 so far, to help your business navigate through these changing times: 

     

    1. Wholesale energy prices have taken a dive. Prices were already on a downward trend at the end of 2019, with price competition in the oil market feeding through to gas and electricity. The recent reductions in national demand have compounded this, forcing market participants into selling back volumes their customers no longer require and weighing the price down further. The positive news is that renewable energy generation now accounts for a larger share of the reduced market, leading to less carbon-intensive grid mix and more volatile short-term prices (including more frequent negative prices). The challenges this poses in keeping the system in balance5 means that any flexibility you have, either in the ability to adjust your demand to pricing signals or provide demand response services to the National Grid, should be more valuable. 

     

    2. In contrast, the nonenergy elements of your bill can be expected to rise. Thecover delivery and balancing costs, as well as several government schemes encouraging low carbon generation. Nowadaysnonenergy charges are likely to make up the greater proportion of your bill and your supplier is obliged to settle these and will include them in your rates or pass them through to you. If energy demand does not meet expectation, non-energy charges will need to go up so that industry costs and revenuecan still be recovered across a lower overall level of consumption. Thiprinciple has been embedded in the workings of the power market since its inception and is something you need to understanif you are expecting changes in your delivered prices to match those in the wholesale market. 

     

    IMPLICATIONS FOR BUSINESSES

    Finally, it is worth noting that business closures, cutbacks, and cash strains from Covid-19 are affecting businesses from all industries, as well as their energy contracts. You will need to review your energy demand projections, which may well differ from those in your contract. Seeking new contracts or hedging volumes further ahead maalso prove difficultas demand appears more unpredictable over the coming monthsAbove all, working with your supplier as a team to address what lies ahead is more important today than ever before. 

     

     

    We will be keeping you posted on future developments in the electricity market through our monthly newsletter, Bryt Insight 

     

    If you are a customer of ours, you can read our full statement on how we are supporting you during this time, hereAlternativelyif you have any questions, you can speak to our friendly customer service team at heretohelp@brytenergy.co.uk or on 0330 053 8620. And if you’re not a customer but would like to know how we can help you on your sustainability journey, please get in touch with us, here.

    Sources:

    1. https://www.elexon.co.uk/article/coronavirus-temporary-derogations-to-improve-settlement-accuracy/

    2. https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/beis-aiming-to-publish-energy-white-paper-in-spring-despite-covid-19

    3. https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20200419IPR77407/eu-covid-19-recovery-plan-must-be-green-and-ambitious-say-meps

    4. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-agrees-measures-with-energy-industry-to-support-vulnerable-people-through-covid-19

    5. https://www.current-news.co.uk/news/summer-outlook-covid-19-could-cause-20-demand-drop-resulting-in-different-set-of-challenges

    Amidst emergency budget responses to COVID-19, climate change and the net zero challenge still hold a key place within the 2020 Budget.

     

    Understandably, the immediate thoughts of businesses over the last few weeks have centred on the challenges posed by COVID-19. As this seems likely to continue over the next few months, some have been concerned that, amongst this, the sustainability movement from the last year might lose momentum1. However, it is positive to see that climate change, addressing prevention, impact and achieving net zero, still feature prominently within the 2020 Budget.

    Preventing climate change

    Biodiversity has an important role in preventing climate change. Encouragingly, the Budget announced the Nature for Climate Fund which builds on the existing 25 Year Environment Plan2, promising £640 million to plant trees covering an area larger than Birmingham. Alongside this, the Nature Recovery Network Fund and The Natural Environment Fund aim to encourage more partnership work.

     

    Waste and the role of circular economies were also included in this year’s budget. In support of the ongoing Plastic Packaging Tax consultation3£7.2 million will be invested in a system to track and reduce waste across the economy. Meanwhile, an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme aims to encourage responsibility within IT waste.

    MITIGATING THE IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE

    Funding for flood prevention was expected following the February storms, but the mitigation of climate change impacts alongside their prevention reflects wider business approaches. Committing £120 million to repair the damage done by the storms, the Government also plans to invest £5.2 billion in flood defences over six years, to reduce flood risk across the UK by 11%. Alongside this, £200 million is available for further initiatives to prevent flooding and coastal erosion in high-risk areas.

     

    In the face of future climate change impacts, the government has also committed to investing £39 million in water supply assets to maintain resilience.

     

    As some level of climate change now seems unavoidable4, businesses are increasingly expected to risk assess the impacts of climate change5, and it seems the government is too.

    CREATING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE

    An additional £10 million of funding for net zero policy support indicates that this remains a key objective for the Government, with infrastructure and accessibility as the key targets. With strategies for improving energy, heat and transport and an emphasis on innovation and digital connection, it seems likely that businesses will be encouraged to be more future-focused and data-driven in their sustainability journeys.

     

    Energy

    To enable the decarbonisation of energy, the Government has committed to doubling the Energy Innovation Programme and investing £900 million in new technology, including fusion and electric vehicles. With Carbon Price support frozen to encourage decarbonisation within the energy industry, there is also a commitment to prevent the potential intermittency caused by increased renewables through further development of nuclear, hydrogen and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The new CCS Infrastructure Fund indicates that, at least initially, CCS might be expected to be key amongst these.

     

    Both business and domestic supply are being incentivised towards more sustainable choices. The Climate Change Levy is to be raised on gas whilst being frozen on electricity, and the Climate Change Agreement scheme is to be extended by 2 years, supporting large energy users in their sustainability efforts. In addition, the Green Gas Levy aims to encourage more biomethane on the grid.

     

    Heat

    Strategies regarding heat focus primarily on domestic and small businesses, with schemes to help invest in heat pumps and biomass boilers. However, the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Initiative received some support, aiming to protect larger projects.

     

    Public transport

    Decarbonisation of transport is also tackled, as the Budget outlines several ways local transport connections are to be improved whilst achieving net zero. Continued investment in the Midlands Rail Hub, as well as the allocation of funds from the Transforming Cities Funds, aims to see new and redeveloped cycle freewaysbus routes and metro systems across the country. With £50 million dedicated to improving accessibility at railway stations, increased travel via public transport seems to be important in reducing emissions.

     

    Electric vehicles

    Alongside a boost to public transport, the Budget aims to incentivise low emission vehicles, making them more accessible. With the ultimate aim of a fast-charging station within 30 minutes of every UK driver, the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles will be undertaking a review and development of current infrastructure. To encourage the uptake of these opportunities, the Rapid Charging Fund will offer financial support to businesses, whilst Plug-in Grants are being extended for vans, taxis and motorcycles to 2023. Altogether, this aims to make electric vehicles a more accessible and reliable option and therefore encourage their uptake.

     

     

    Climate change and sustainability have clearly been recognised within the 2020 Budget and have remained important despite other current challenges. With sustainable development apparently likely to continue, and clear links between net zero, innovation and growth, there is huge potential for businesses willing to take advantage of the opportunities that will appear over the next few years.

     

    To find out more about how Bryt Energy can support your sustainability journey, get in touch with our friendly team at solutions@brytenergy.co.uk or on 0121 726 7575.

     

    You can read the 2020 Budget in full, here.

    Sources:

    1. https://news.sky.com/story/sir-david-attenborough-hopes-coronavirus-crisis-will-not-hinder-uk-climate-change-summit-11955590

    2. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/25-year-environment-plan

    3. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/871368/Plastic_packaging_tax_condoc_template_final_1.0.pdf

    4. https://climate.nasa.gov/faq/16/is-it-too-late-to-prevent-climate-change/

    5. https://www.iso.org/standard/68507.html

    Statkraft, our parent company and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy, have just released their annual report for 2019. From a strong financial performance to their reinvestment into renewables, we’ve summarised the key findings and what they mean for your business.  

    A SAFE, SECURE AND SUSTAINABLE COMPANY

    Statkraft achieved record-high earnings in 2019 of 17.6 billion NOK (£1.5 billion) before interest and taxes (EBIT), the highest result in its history. Their net profit ended at an impressive 11.3 billion NOK (£930 million), all whilst retaining their A- credit rating1. 

     

    Other highlights in 2019 include selling their first data centre site to Google, ensuring energy-intensive industries are powered by renewable energy. Statkraft have also confirmed their position as leaders in the European power purchase agreement market by signing several new long-term power contracts in 2019. 

     

    INVESTING IN A RENEWABLE FUTURE

    Statkraft have continued to reinvest in renewable energy generation and technology. They invested 3.7 billion NOK in 2019 (£300 million), developing new renewable energy production in Norway, Europe, South America and India.

     

    As part of this, over the year they maintained, upgraded and expanded around 140 hydropower projects in the Nordic regionCombined, they create Europe’s largest reservoir capacity and a fleet of flexible power plants that can be optimised to meet demand.

     

    Statkraft have also continued to grow their solar and wind generation, acquiring nine Irish solar projects as well as UK onshore wind developer Airvolution Clean Energy. Three more wind farms have opened in Norway whilst another three will be in full production during 2020, helping to complete the largest onshore wind project in Europe! Together, they help Statkraft towards their target of 6 GW of onshore wind and 2 GW of solar power by 2025.

     

    In addition to renewable energy, Statkraft have expanded their electric vehicle charging business, acquiring German EV charging company E-Wald and increasing their ownership of Grønn Kontakt, a Norwegian EV charging company.

    SUSTAINABILITY IS IN OUR DNA

    Statkraft are a member of the UN Global Compact and have committed to several UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to ensure their work has a positive impact on the world around them. Their particular focus is on providing affordable renewable energy (Goal 7) and taking Climate Action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (Goal 13), however their activities impact a variety of the 17 connected goals.

     

    As well as the SDGs, Statkraft are continually working to reduce the negative impacts renewable generation can have on biodiversity & ecosystems. Whilst renewable energy is crucial for reducing C02 emissions, Statkraft are working to understand, manage and reduce any of their impact on landmarine and aviation life.

     

    HOW DOES THIS BENEFIT YOUR BUSINESS?

    Statkraft’s recent developments and financial performance reinforces our parent company as a secure and growing business, with sustainability at its heart. As a customer of Bryt Energy, backed by Statkraft, you can have the peace of mind that you’re with a safe and trusted zero carbon electricity supplier.

     

    You can also be confident that you’re working with a company who are continually reinvesting in renewable energy generation. These investments help to tackle climate change, reduce emissions and work towards the UK’s net zero by 2050 target.

     

    By being a customer of Bryt Energy, you are part of a much bigger picture, helping the move towards a low carbon, sustainable future.

     

    To read Statkraft’s full report, visit here.

    Sources:

    Standard & Poor’s credit rating

    THE WINDS OF CHANGE ARE BLOWING THROUGH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FINANCES

    With low carbon sources surpassing fossil fuels in the UK generation mix, mentioned in one of our most recent blogs, things are moving fast in the world of finance. Supporting coal, oil and gas projects is fast going out of fashion. Coming into favour are projects aligned to the Paris Agreement of keeping global warming to 1.5 °C.

     

    Leading the charge is the European Investment Bank, which says it is going to make available €1Trillion during the 2020s for clean energy innovationenergy efficiency and investment in renewables1. The new lending policy will see an end to supporting fossil fuel-based projects by the end of next year. There will also be an increase in funds available for decentralised energy production and innovative energy storage and e-mobility, as well as for low or zero carbon generation and grid investments to support.

     

    Offshore wind could well be one of the major beneficiaries for these investments. The European Commission is looking for between 230 and 450GW of wind generation by 2050, scaling up from the current 20GW today. A new report from Wind Europe, representing the turbine manufacturers and suppliers, confirms the feasibility of achieving 450GW – the level considered necessary to reach Net Zero Carbon in Europe by 20502.

     

    The Net Zero Asset Owners Alliance is another ground-breaking development which will shape the direction of future finance for energy projects. Launched at the UN Climate Change Summit in New York in September, the Alliance is made up of pension fund and investment company members, such as Aviva, Axa and Allianz. Alliance members have nearly $4 trillion in assets under management and will now be transitioning their investment portfolios to be aligned with achieving Net Zero Carbon by 20503.

    THE VALUE OF SUSTAINABILITY

    The direct impact climate change will make on future company asset values has been underlined in a new report prepared for Principles for Responsible Investment, an independent organisation representing over two thousand assets owners, investment managers and service providers. The report concludes that the most carbon-intense companies could lose over 40% of their value whilst the least carbon-intense businesses could increase in value by 1/34.

     

    Meanwhile the UK as a potential home for these investments has risen according to the latest survey from Ernst and Young’s Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index5. We’re up one place in the overall global ranking to seventh behind China, USA, India, France, Australia and Germany, scoring particularly well in offshore wind, marine energy and onshore wind.

     

    BUSINESSES TAKE NOTE! 

    Looking after your personal investments is increasingly aligned with looking after the planet. As a business, make sure you consider:

    • Where and what your pension, stocks, or shares invest in.
    • Do the funds and organisations you invest in have good green credentials?
    • Are these organisations adapting to a sustainable future or are they slow to change? The future success of your investments could depend on their speed.

    With the world of finance moving towards a more sustainable future, your business can’t afford to be left behind.

    Sources:
    1. 1. European Investment Bank
    2. 2. Wind Europe
    3. 3. Net-Zero-Alliance
    4. 4. Principles for Responsible Investment
    5. 5. Ernst and Young

    Agreement to limit global warming to well below 2oC and pursue efforts to keep to 1.5oC, reached at the UN climate meeting in Paris, is driving businesses at home and abroad to take action. Businesses are adopting targets in their push to becoming more sustainable – here are some of the best, most recent examples of these commitments in action:

    INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES COMMIT TO PARIS CEILING

    According to the global research organisation the World Resources Institute, 87 companies based in 27 countries are now committed to working towards the 1.5oC target across their operations and value chains1. The We Mean Business Coalition employs over four million staff and includes many well-known names such as Astra Zeneca, Hewlett Packard, Unilever and Vodafone. Adopting science-based targets, the companies plan to reach Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 at the latest, saving direct emissions that are equal to the output from 73 coal-fired stations1.

     

    UK COMPANIES STEP UP TO THE PLATE

    But achieving Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 is going to need more than converting to renewable energy sources and boosting energy efficiency, according to a new report from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation3. The report believes that energy measures will achieve 55% of the emissions reduction necessary. Achieving the balance will need to be tackled separately, focusing on the continuing need for food production and manufactured goods.

     

    THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

    This is where the Circular Economy comes in, working on the three principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use and regenerating natural systems. Based on work in various industries, including plastics, food, cement and steel, the Foundation calculates that adopting a Circular Economy Framework would eradicate a further 20% of global emissions, leaving a balance of 25% to be achieved through emerging technologies, such as carbon capture and storage, and changes in diet and lifestyle3.

     

    PLASTICS ARE A PRIORITY

    The need to keep plastics in the economy and out of the ocean lies at the heart of the Global Plastics Commitment, which now contains over 400 signatories including 200 businesses representing over 20% of all plastic packaging used4.  They have a combined annual revenue in excess of $2 trillion and include well-known names such as Coca Cola, Nestle and Mars.

     

    Their objectives for 2025 include increasing the use of recycled plastic five-fold and eliminating problematic plastic packaging, equivalent to leaving 25 million barrels of oil in the ground. The vision remains to achieve a Circular Economy for Plastics in which plastic never becomes waste, by re-using, re-cycling or composting.

    THE BRYT FUTURE

    Our parent company, Statkraft, has recently joined with two other major electricity companies in Scandinavia, Vattenfall and Fortumto issue the Nordic Coalition Declaration5. It requests that the European Union raises its climate ambitions to match the Paris Agreement and set Net Zero Carbon Emissions by 2050 into European Climate Law.

     

    These examples of how businesses are responding to the Paris Agreement, and Climate Change in general, show just how fast industries and economies are changing.

     

    Your business can play its part too with a simple switch to a zero carbon, 100% renewable electricity supply. To find out more about how Bryt Energy can support your sustainability journey, get in touch with our friendly team at solutions@brytenergy.co.uk or on 0121 726 7575.

    Sources:

    World Resources Institute

    YouGov

    Ellen Macarthur Foundation

    New Plastics Economy

    Nordic Coalition Declaration