npower Business Energy Customers Say Energy Red Tape Must Be Scrapped Or Simplified
Released on: October 13, 2011, 4:14 pm
npower has found that businesses are concerned that current UK
energy regulations will not raise the investment needed to ensure the
country's low carbon future, and are calling on the government to
either simplify or scrap some existing legislation to ensure targets
can be met.
These are the findings of a consultation by npower among business energy users, which found that one in three (32%) do not
believe that legislation such as the Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency
Scheme (CRC), Climate Change Levy (CCL) and Climate Change Agreements (CCAs), the
Renewables Obligation and Feed In Tariffs will help ensure the £200bn investment
needed for the UK’s energy infrastructure is achieved.
The results of npower's consultation, which is still ongoing, will be fed back to
government as part of its Red Tape Challenge initiative. The government
consultation on the energy sector formally opens on the 25th of November.
Against a backdrop of political debate on how to best regulate the energy industry, npower asked businesses which energy
legislation they would keep, which they would like to see simplified, and those they
would like to see scrapped completely.
The CRC, perhaps unsurprisingly, received most attention, with over two thirds of
businesses (69%) wanting to see the scheme simplified and more than half of business
(57%) believing it should be scrapped. Over a third (38%) would like to see it
merged with existing regulation.
There was also a call to scrap the Renewables Obligation among some businesses
(41%), with nearly half (47%) calling for it to be simplified. Opinion was split
on CCL and CCAs, with 29% wanting to see them scrapped, and 32% believing they
Wayne Mitchell, interim industrial and commercial markets director at npower,
commented: "Energy policy ultimately drives British business. But, as the
Government recognises through its Red Tape Challenge initiative, there is a mammoth
amount of legislative cost burden on British businesses. Groups such as the CBI
have been very vocal about how this legislation is not only stifling domestic
growth, but also making the UK less competitive on an international scale.
"At the moment the energy market is neither fully regulated, nor fully liberalised
and that this ‘in-between’ situation is leaving businesses and investors in a
'limbo' unable to make an informed decision. That is why we again urge the
business community to make sure their voices are heard. This is a unique
opportunity on an unprecedented scale to have a say on energy legislation - and our
own consultation reveals a mixed bag of views so far.
"We are committed to ensuring the voice of business is heard, and there is still
time to have your say at www.npower.com/redtape."
npower is one of the top energy suppliers to the UK business market, serving over
238,000 small to medium sized enterprise sites and around 17,000 industrial and
commercial customers, with over 100,000 sites.
npower Industrial and Commercial Markets is an award-winning business electricity supplier. In 2010 it was named 'The Consumer Supplier of the Year' at The Energy
Event and was also awarded 'Energy Supplier of the Year' at the inaugural Energy
'Buying & Supplying Excellence' Awards.
npower helps companies monitor and manage energy consumption to bring commercial and
environmental benefits. To achieve this, npower has developed a web-based monitoring
and targeting (M&T) tool - 'encompass', which gives businesses accurate
information on their energy consumption. The system collects data from half-hourly
and smart meters,
providing a detailed report on a business's energy consumption behaviour, and the
related cost and environmental impacts of it.
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