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An update from Npower regarding their acquisition by E.ON04 Oct 2019

An update from Npower regarding their acquisition by E.ON

We have today received this message from Janet Cocker, Head of Business Sales at NPOWER:

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Energy Market Update20 Sep 2019

Energy Market Update

What's happening in the energy markets, and how might this affect your prices?

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Utilitas Solutions ‘axing’ the cost of doing business18 Sep 2019

Utilitas Solutions ‘axing’ the cost of doing business

Always looking for ways to be at the ‘cutting edge’, the team here at Utilitas headed to the brilliant 1066 Target Sports in Hastings last week, for a day of team building fun.

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Smart meter rollout delayed until 202417 Sep 2019

Smart meter rollout delayed until 2024

The government has pushed back the deadline for energy suppliers to install smart metering technology for all their customers, by another four years.

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Changes to Climate Change Levy (CCL)28 Mar 2019

Changes to Climate Change Levy (CCL)

The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is an environmental tax on a company's electricity and gas use.
Businesses that pay the standard rate of VAT (20%) are also charged the CCL, although there are exceptions. Those that meet the minimal use requirements and are charged the reduced rate of VAT (5%) don't pay the CCL.

• For electricity, this means using an average of less than 33 kWh per day (1,000 kWh per month)
• For gas, this means using an average of less than 145 kWh per day (4,397 kWh per month)

From 1st April 2019 the government is increasing the rate of CCL; from 0.583 pp kWh to 0.847 pp kWh for Electricity, and from 0.203 pp kWh to 0.339 ppkWh for Natural Gas.

This is an increase of 45% for electricity and 67% for gas. We wanted to make you aware of these changes so that you can plan your budgets accordingly.
With energy prices constantly on the rise this may seem like just more bad news. However, in reality the CCL charge makes up a very small percentage of your overall energy bill.

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The Utilitas Team: An update

At the start of every New Year, Steve likes to declare the 'year of...' as something for the team to focus on, and so 2019 has been declared the 'year of excellent customer service'.

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Utilitas at the ISBA 201817 May 2018

Utilitas at the ISBA 2018

This year, on the 9th and 10th of May, The Brighton Centre will play host to the ISBA Annual Conference. The event is a chance for delegates to research new opportunities and suppliers, and find ways to take their school’s offering to the next level....

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Utilitas Team Complete MoonWalk London 201816 May 2018

Utilitas Team Complete MoonWalk London 2018

On Saturday night, three of the ladies from the Utilitas team donned their pink cowboy hats and headed off from Clapham Common on the 21st annual MoonWalk, to raise money for breast cancer awareness.

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ESOS Phase 2: what do you need to know? 04 May 2018

ESOS Phase 2: what do you need to know?

As ESOS Phase 2 is officially being initiated, it?s important to understand what ESOS is and how it helps the environment. As this scheme is mandatory for all organisations outside the public sector in the UK that meet the qualification criteria, it?s cru

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6 Tips For Surviving a Corporate Event02 May 2018

6 Tips For Surviving a Corporate Event

We have been lucky enough to attend a fair few events in our time. It's a great way to meet new people and businesses, and find out about exciting developments in your industry. We?re sure many of you are seasoned veterans and could teach us a thing

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New energy legislation DCP 161 ? excess capacity charges

From 1st April 2018, Ofgem are introducing new legislation to ensure that half hourly (HH) supplies that exceed their assigned available capacity pay a penalty.

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Are you ready for the Water Deregulation Changes?

If not, you are not alone. From our research, we have identified that the majority of businesses feel unprepared for these imminent changes. There has been very little in the way of education and information from the industry.

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Energy Snap Shot - colder weather and a drop in the value of Sterling can't stop the slide18 Mar 2017

Energy Snap Shot - colder weather and a drop in the value of Sterling can't stop the slide

A mixed week with Sterlings fall on Brexit talks, colder weather for March and improving renewable generation

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Energy snap shot - Rough storage issues and warmer weather

Rough Storage has continued isuues to the wells currently looking like it will hinder teh injection of gas during the summer

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Energy snap shot, cold front pushes prices

Colder weather for the UK and France pushes prices high this week

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Energy Update - Trump's Silver Lining

Well you may have been forgiven for thinking it?s all bad news since Trump came to power but the Silver lining, little as it is, is that energy prices for the UK have dropped on account of the weakening Dollar.

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January 2017

A further decline in the pound?s strength saw gas prices increase, the latest weather models showing cooler temperatures, OPEC & non-OPEC producers agreement to cut production begins

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November 2016 through December 2016

November began with negative news that a major gas storage facility (Rough Storage) was going to see a delay in returning to action (not until Mid/End) -November which caused a spike in pricing

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September 2016 through October 2016

Prices began to move upwards at the tail end of September with October showing the worst period of movement, the pound lost further value against the Euro after Theresa May announced that she would trigger article 50 by the end of March 17

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