Utility Management

Contract Energy Management – CEM

(Insourcing an Energy Manager)

With ever rising prices for electricity, gas, oil, water and effluent, many companies find themselves in the position where they need expert assistance to monitor and control these costs.

TM provides clients with energy professionals to support the energy management function at a fraction of the cost of employing full time staff.

The partnership might best be described as insourcing, whereby you take advantage of the benefits offered by outsourcing, but with none of the associated risks such as loss of control over decisions.

Some of the advantages of the TM partnership are that it:

• Allows your business to focus on core activities
• Reduces and controls operating costs
• Gives you access to professional capabilities and resources
• Shares the risk
• Releases internal resources for other purposes
• Frees up cash flow
• Makes the business more flexible to change

The TM network of experienced energy engineers supports clients with a wealth of experience gained in a wide variety of specialities and industries, offering access to engineers from different fields when appropriate.

Our contracts can be individually tailored to the clients needs, and, in general cover;

• Analysis and reporting of energy consumption and costs
• Identification of energy saving opportunities
• Chairing of meetings to ensure that the energy function is properly managed

Further work such as detailed surveys and project implementation can be managed
under TM’s Performance Contract or fee paid schemes.

Monitoring and Targeting

Monitoring and Targeting (M&T) is a structured and disciplined approach to energy management that provides a simple yet powerful technique for identifying inefficient performance and eliminating waste. In essence the TM approach is based on monitoring the performance of buildings or plant and having sufficient data available to reproduce the “good” days. This results in a reduction in operating costs for little or no capital expenditure.

The TM system allows internet access for clients at various levels of confidentiality with reports automatically produced to meet the needs of the business.

Utility Billing Errors

Over the years TM has spent more and more time on our clients’ behalf sorting out billing errors and anomalies with water, gas, electricity and telecom suppliers. These range from simply billing the wrong address or incorrect meter readings, to major problems in bringing new supplies on stream.

If you are suffering from any problems with your utility suppliers and it is tying up more and more of your valuable management time then TM can help. We currently manage accounts for many UK multi-site companies, providing a regular check on utility bills and ensuring that billing errors, and hence costs, are minimised. We can set up models to shadow your utility billing and provide you with high speed, accurate and impartial advice, and we are always willing to implement and manage our recommendations.

Over the past twenty years we have built up a unique insight and understanding of the market and are willing to operate on a results achieved basis, which means that we are paid from savings achieved, or on a fee basis if preferred. We are not brokers or agents and therefore all our efforts are directed at benefiting clients and we have no problems should firm action be required against any utility supplier

And remember – NO SAVINGS – NO FEES

Carbon Footprinting

Many companies are now pressing their suppliers to give details on their carbon footprint and what they are doing to reduce or control it. Generally companies will need to determine:

– the carbon embedded in their supplies, including transport

– the carbon emitted in their process operations

– the carbon embedded in their packaging

– the carbon emitted from their delivery transport systems

TM will develop data collection sheets and utilise our in house data and information systems to calculate and update the footprint

We will then recommend projects to reduce the footprint including engineering projects and staff awareness training while at the same time develop a carbon management system to ensure that reductions are monitored and maintained.

We can also seek to purchase carbon neutral energy supplies (electricity etc.) if required, which would reduce the carbon footprint still further and finally buy into validated and secure “carbon offset” projects which would again reduce the carbon footprint. The latter could reduce the carbon footprint at a very low cost and meet a short term requirement while developing long term solutions.

Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS)

(Mandatory Energy Audits)

Following thegovernment enactment of EU legisalation larger enterprises in the UK (excluding public bodies) will be required to undertake an energy audit of their consumptions coupled with an energy audit of all their sites to identify and quantify the opportunities to reduce their energy consumptions and costs. It is proposed that this will be required every four years, the first audits to be completed by December 2015, with penalties levied for a failure to comply. It will be a requirement that qualified assessors must be used to underake the work. TM is well placed to assist companies undertake and fulfil ESOS requirements. This is another example of yet more energy reporting being required by the EU and it is hoped that some of the work already undertaken by UK companies can be used to reduce some of the work required. Please do not hesitate to contact TM for further information, or to arrange a meeting to discuss the implications and costs to your business and how to comply at minimum costs and disruption.

Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

(The new “carbon tax”)

In April 2012 companies consuming more than 6000mWhrs via HH electricity meters per annum and who are not covered by a Climate Change Agreement or the EU ETS schemes were required to purchase carbon credits equivalent to the their projected emissions in 2012/13. The permits could be purchased from the government at £12.00 per tonne, equivalent to around 10% of energy costs and were required for all energy requirements i.e. electricity, gas, oil etc.

The following year participants were required to submit a detailed record of emissions for all sites that they operated during the year and a league table will be published ranking participants in terms of their carbon emission reductions. The monies paid for permits will be retained by the government as an additional “carbon tax”. The same process is required the following year and every year thereafter.

TM is offering existing and past clients meetings to discuss the current implications of the above and how to manage the administration of CRC. For many clients we have simply enhanced our current data systems to cater for the legislation, for others we are able to offer a complete costs effective package to determine their requirements, purchase the credits, monitor performance, submit annual returns and reduce the “tax” burden.

Contact TM for a priority meeting to discuss the how to reduce this additional “tax”.

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