How do I arrange a meeting?
To arrange a meeting, please contact us on 0845 643 5432 and one of our dedicated Business Advisers will be happy to help, or if you prefer please complete our online contact form and one of our Business Advisers will respond within 48 hours.
How is Northern Gas and Power different from Energy Brokers?
Northern Gas and Power are Specialist Energy and Business Consultants and not all energy brokers are consultants. Consultants will perform a more detailed analysis of your business practices and energy usage patterns in order to provide a bespoke energy solution, which typically results in greater savings than those offered by ‘Energy Brokers’
How do we receive our fees?
Generally speaking there are three ways in which we generate revenue
1. Our remuneration for the service will already be included within our supplier proposals that we present. We will then receive this directly from the successful energy supplier on any contract that we have placed with them. Our promise to you is that you will not pay any additional fees on top of what we present, which means our service will not have any surprises or hidden costs.
2. We can offer a shared savings model, where an agreed percentage of any savings is provided to us.
3. Alternatively, specific projects or consultancy work may be charged on a fixed fee or time and expense basis.
Why do organisations need an energy consultant?
People coming to energy for the first time are taken aback by the extreme market conditions that are commonplace in this complex market. Trying to make sense of all the various elements is a complex, time consuming process that can cause a great level of frustration. Tackling the energy market without professional help can prove to be a costly decision for any organisation. Employing an energy specialist is recommended for any organisation unfamiliar with the inner workings of the energy market. Knowledge and timing is essential to successfully navigating this complex market. Northern Gas and Power has all the specialists and professionals in one place at your beck and call and can deliver on all of your energy needs.
How can I reduce my company’s energy costs?
Increasing prices, legislative and reputational drivers, along with difficult economic conditions, are all contributing to energy costs becoming a boardroom issue. To help reduce these costs we focus on 3 areas,
1. Checking your energy bills
At a basic level we will inspect all aspects of your current contract and energy bills. We will determine if your contract has been working to its full potential, allowing you to achieve its maximum savings. We will check your energy meter to ensure that it is being read correctly and you haven’t been overbilled within the previous six years. We will check the settings that suppliers use to convert your units in to £’s to ensure accurate conversation factors have been used when invoicing you.
2. Energy procurement
We recommend a structured tender process involving all suppliers interested in the type and scale of supply for your business. Ideally you should work towards a tailored contract, designed to match your business’ energy consumption patterns. Ensuring your premises are on the correct contracts can deliver cost savings. As established professionals within the industry we have extensive experience helping businesses meticulously analyse their energy needs and helping match them with the right solution to fit within their organisation. Our vision is to lead the market by raising the bar in quality standards, providing a level of service that is unmatched within the industry. Make Northern Gas and Power your choice and connect with the right energy partner.
3. Monitoring energy usage
Reducing consumption starts by monitoring usage. For organisations we have successfully arranged contracts on behalf of are giving access to our Energy Desk Platform. Northern Gas and Power’s Energy Desk offering is a powerful, web based platform designed to help organisations monitor, control and ultimately save on their energy consumption and costs. Typically, by monitoring and making minor adjustments, you could reduce your consumption, costs and emissions by 10 – 18% on average, based on information gathered from existing Energy Desk Users.
Why has the cost of energy been increasing?
In real-terms the cost of energy has increased by 10-12% between 2011 and 2012. The price you pay for your energy is dependent on several things. About half of your bill is the wholesale cost of gas and electricity, but there is also the cost of distribution, transmission charges, government tax (VAT), environmental costs and meter provision – as well as your energy company’s supply costs and profit. Higher gas prices have been the main driver of increasing energy bills over the last eight years. As the graph below shows, Britain enjoyed a period of falling gas prices until 2004/05. This is the year that Britain first imported more gas than it produced itself. Becoming more reliant on imported gas has meant that British gas prices have become increasingly influenced by global events, especially those that affect the oil prices as often European gas prices are linked to the oil price. Other main drivers are increased wholesale prices and Government Charges. However, the UK has enjoyed relatively low energy prices compared to the rest of Europe.
What else is affecting prices?
We estimate that between now and 2020 Britain needs to invest up to £200 billion to meet its environmental targets and to secure energy supplies. At the moment, the cost of Government environmental and energy efficiency programmes adds around £100 on to the average energy bill of £1,300. However, greater reliance on non-fossil fuels such as nuclear and renewables could reduce Britain’s dependence on gas imports.
I have multiple sites within my business, how can you help me?
We recognise that multi-site customers have different needs. That’s why we provide a dedicated service with a flexible business approach built around their energy requirements. This full end-to-end managed business energy tendering service is designed to obtain a range of suitable supplier quotes. We then help you to select the most competitive and appropriate energy contracts by providing a full range of reports and regular updates. Reports include a detailed financial comparison between your current energy supplier and our recommendation based on our view of the long term energy market. We aim to consolidate your sites into a common end date, enabling better purchasing control and clear purchasing decisions based on a strategy, instead of simply buying ad hoc. The goal is to simplify what can be a very complicated project to manage, adding significant value to your business.
What is Climate Change Levy (CCL)?
The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is a Government tax against the electricity, natural gas, coal and liquid petroleum gas used by businesses. It was introduced in April 2001 as a way to help the UK meet its emissions targets, which will help in the fight against climate change. CCL was brought in to encourage businesses to use less energy, more efficiently. For more information on CCL please visit www.gov.uk/topic/business-tax/climate-change-levy