Taking control of utilities helps manufacturers roll with the punches

A different approach to energy and water consumption could help manufacturers block and evade the combination of punches coming at them this year from forces they can’t control. UK manufacturers have taken many body blows in the past, but the pressures today are intense. At home, the challenges include skills shortages and political uncertainty over […]

Energy tax changes ‘will make firms more efficient’

Changes in the taxes regime will make businesses more energy efficient, according to Inenco’s More than Y report. David Cockshott, Sales and Marketing Director at Inenco said: “It gives suitable incentive to reduce energy consumption… The more you use the more you pay.” Mr Cockshott explained the changes will not cut taxes but make it […]

Should the UK scrap the CRC for businesses?

Plans to reform carbon reporting and the taxation regime for UK businesses have been unveiled. The Treasury has launched a consultation and set out proposals to simplify and move away from overlapping policies towards one where businesses would face just one tax and one reporting scheme. It is seeking responses from businesses, representative bodies and […]

UK Government taken to court over CCL exemption

Two UK energy firms have started legal proceedings against the government for not providing enough notice when it announced the removal of the Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption. Infinis and Drax claim the Department of Treasury didn’t give companies enough notice period to adapt their businesses accordingly. Drax is converting three of its generating units to […]

Green energy buyers to pay CCL on bills

Businesses who buy renewable energy will have to pay Climate Change Levy (CCL) on their bills. That’s according to Dave Cockshott, Chief Commercial Officer speaking at the More Than Y Report from Inenco. The CCL is a tax on UK business energy use, charged at the time of supply. He said because of the recent axing of the CCL exemption for renewable electricity, consumers […]

Summer Budget ‘will cost AD sector £11m’

The Summer Budget, which was announced yesterday, will cost the anaerobic digestion (AD) sector £11 million. That’s according to the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association (ADBA), which claims the Climate Change Levy (CCL) exemption for renewables will reduce revenue by around £5/MWh. For the 2.2TWh of electricity generated by the AD industry, it will cost […]

Website lets you ‘build an energy policy’

A new website which lets energy end users ‘build an energy policy’ on how they handle power has just been launched. Energy users can browse policies and save ones they like the look of, similar to using an online ‘shopping basket’. Created by consultancy Amber Energy, the website sets out jargon busters for the electricity […]

Climate tax cuts for efficient energy intensive firms

Energy intensive businesses can slash their climate taxes by up to 90% if they commit to “stretching” efficiency improvement targets to 2020. The Government’s new voluntary Climate Change Agreements (CCA) scheme covers around 9,000 industrial sites across the UK and offers participating businesses cuts on the Climate Change Levy (CCL) charges in return for meeting […]

Schools, hospitals & factories saved from energy tax burden

Certain schools, hospitals and factories which have their own back-up power using oil, gas or coal will be saved from a new energy tax in the new financial year. Organisations which use fossil fuels in stand-by power stations or combined heat and power (CHP) plants generating less than 2 megawatts (MW) will not have to […]