Bill Review

Energy Bills seem to be the last place clients look for savings. Energy Sense Ireland have an independent in house service whereby we can assess your bills and make recommendations if there are savings to be made. The following areas of your energy bill are assessed

Electricity Tariffs:

There is a range of electricity tariffs available to custumers e.g General Purpose (GP), General Purpose Night Saver (GPNS), Low Voltage Max Demand (LVMD), Medium Voltage (MV). Most businesses are not aware of the types of tariffs available and find it difficult to select the most appropriate tariff for their electricity consumption pattern . Some business are actually on the incorrect tarrif and are therefore paying more for their electricity than they need to be.

Gas Tarrifs:

There is a range of GAS tariffs available to customers e.g Small Business User (SBU), Medium Business User (BMU), Fuel Variation Tariff (FVT). As with Electricity some businesses are actually on the incorrect tariff and therefore are paying more for their gas than they need to be.

The MIC is the connection agreement between your electricity account and ESB Networks. The unit of measurement for MIC is the kilovolt ampere (kVa). Your MIC represents the maximum load that you are contracted to import from the electricity network for your business. Many businesses are not set at the correct MIC level i.e they either have too much or not enough MIC . If a store owner does not set at the correct MIC level i.e they will get charged 13-14 Euro per excess kVa per day and if it’s a case that the owner has too much, then they are paying for kVa that they do not require.

A new MIC levy was introduced in October 2010 called the PSO Levy. PSO stands the Public Service Obligation. The PSO levy is designed to support the national policy objectives of security of energy supply, the use of indigenous fuels e.g peat and of the use renewable energy sources in electricity feneration. Specifically, the proceeds of the levy are used to recoup the additional cost incurred by the ESB and other suppliers in having to source a proportion of their electricity supplies from such generators. The cost of this levy is 1.15 Euro per kVa. The higher the MIC, the heigher the PSO charge. Having the correct MIC is paramount to controlling/eradicating unwanted and unnecessary MIC costs.

There are a number of electricity suppliers in the market e.g ESB, ESB IE, Energia, Airtricity, Bord Gais Energy e.t.c. Depending on the consumption and demand profile of your business, there are suppliers offers there to suit your needs. Each supplier has its own pricing and tariff structure and customers find it confusing to select the best supplier offer for their particulary electricity patterns. As with any market, knowledge of its movement and how it operates gives invaluable leverage to purchasers. This is where Energy Sense ireland can help clients ensure that they are correct tariff and rates.

or Excess Wattless Charges Low Power factor is where the level drops below 0.95 and as a result the electricity supplier levies a charge for “wattless” or “low power factor”. In commercial premises, there are likely to be be items of electrical equipment that require wattless energy to operate. Wattless energy is measured separately from your general units, and if you exceed a certain limit, it will give rise to separate charge.

This factor is becomming more and more common in small to medium sized commercial businesses. ESB Networks (ESBN) only arrive to read the meter maximum four times per year, sometimes twice. We have found that many businesses are being charged for incorrect meter reads. Readings from GP& GPNS tariffs can and should be read on a monthly basis by the store owner and this information should be relayed to their electricity supplier. All electricity suppliers will not accept meter readings from customers for LVMD accounts. This can pose a problem and one way out of it is to install an-line meter. This would eradicate any incorrect meter reads and also under/over estimated reads.
At Energy Sense Ireland Ltd, you will get a total energy bill solution. Among the specific energy billing auditing techniques are the following:

  • Negotiating energy prices with the independent electricity and gas suppliers in the Irish market.
  • Analysis and correction of electricity  as gas tariff structures, Maximum Import Capacity levels (MIC), wattles charges & incorrect meter reads.
  • Auditing and monitoring of energy account ensuring correct prices and discounts are applied by the energy suppliers and calculating and applying for the relevant rebates to the customer.
  • Group purchasing power for clients giving you a better deal.
  • Energy Bill consultancy for full 12 months once recommendations are implemented.

What is Required From You:

  • 12 months energy bills
  • Lenient approach regarding ESI’s findings i.e changing of suppliers etc.
  • Letters Of Authority (Supplied by ESI) in order for ESI to gather more detailed information from their suppliers. Download

  • “We are delighted to add this service to our energy saving solutions. This covers an area whereby we can create a budget for potential energy saving projects. In some cases we have found savings in excess of 20% before we have implemented any products to a facility.”

Ian O'Driscoll. Managing Director Energy Sense Ireland.

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