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 Climate  Change  Levy  (CCL)  - what  is  it?

Climate Change Levy  (CCL)  is  a government imposed tax, revised annually at the beginning of  every tax year, chargeable to every business   using 12,000 units  or  more.Until  April 2010, the current rate is 0.047p  per  kWh of  electricity  used. All funds from this tax contribute to the   government's  energy efficiency  programme. Consumers that pay  VAT at 15% (rising to 17.5% on January 1st  2010 ) will pay CCL. If you wish to claim relief  or exemption,  you  need to provide a completed  exemption certificate upon request of your supplier.

 What  are  'deemed  contracts '  or  ' out  of  contract'? 

An energy supplier supplies a property and not an individual. Therefore, when you move into a property you are,as the  new business owner,not under contract with the existing supplier to the property.             This situation is known as 'deemed contract' or 'out of contract'.You remain in this situation until you agree a contract with a new supplier.

Remember, a deemed contract is more expensive as the supplier will charge a higher tariff rate.Therefore,it is in your  interest to agree a new supplier contract as soon as possible.

 What  are  the  contract  types  for  business  electricity  consumers ? 

Electricity contracts are usually for a fixed amount of time. This can be between 1 to 5 years for businesses like yours.   If you wish to leave this type of contract, you must do so within the  contract time limit close to the renewal end date of   the contract.If you wish to leave before then,a termination fee will nearly always be applied.

 'Unit'  What  does  this  mean  on  my  electricity  bill ? 

 Electricity   usage   is   measured   in  units.  A  unit  is  a  kilowatt - hour   (kWh),  which  is  equivalent  to  1000  watts     of  electricity  being  used  for  1  hour.

 What  is  a  standing  charge ? 

It  is  a  fixed  daily  amount  you  pay  every  day  you  are  connected  to  an  electricity  network.  This  covers  the  costs  of  keeping  you  connected  to  the  network.

 Code  Profile  Class  

  • 03.  Non - domestic ,  unrestricted
  • 04.  Non - domestic ,  economy  7  or  restricted
  • 05.  Non - domestic ,  maximum  demand  load  factor  band  0-  20 %
  • 06.  Non - domestic ,  maximum  demand  load  factor   band  20 - 30 %
  • 07.  Non - domestic ,  maximum  demand  load  factor  band  30 - 40 %
  • 08.  Non - domestic,  maximum  demand  load  factor  band  over  40 %

  What  is  my  electricity  supply  reference  number ,  and  how  do  I  find  it ?  Mpan  Number 

Your  electricity  supply  reference  number   is   the  unique  identifying   number  for  the  electricity  meter  at  your   business  premises.  It  can  be  found  on  your  electricity  bill.  If  you  cannot  find  it, 
 contact  us  in  the  usual  way and  we  will  be  able  to  source  it  on   your  behalf.

The  first  number  on  the  top  line  of  the  supply  number  indicates  which  profile  has  been  allocated  to  your meter.

  Is  changing  business  electricity  suppliers  a  problem ?  

We will help you to switch suppliers.Businesses switch supplier every week to make the most of the savings available.  When you switch supplier you will continue to use exactly the same wires and cables       as you currently use.We will arrange  the transfer of your business electricity and the only change you will notice is the name of the supplier at the top of the  bill.Electricity doesn't get 'turned off' by one supplier and 'turned on' by another, it' s constantly there, you're just  changing the Company who bills you,and getting better rates at the same time.

 Why  do  business  electricity  prices  go  up?   

Most of the electricity in the UK is produced using imported gas; increases in the Gasprice results in similar rises in  electricity prices. The Big Six energy suppliers are facing significant pressure  due to escalating wholesale  costs,  resulting in lower profit  margins, which leads to increased business electricity prices over the common months

 Why  are  we,  at  Commercial  Utility  Brokers  . com  different ?    

We are an Independent Utility Agency with excellent Industry knowledge and experience. Our  Energy Team totally analyse  our  clients  bills , and  advise  them of  the  best way forward after  rigorously  checking  out  the energy  and  telephony  market place  to  ensure  our  clients  get  the  best  possible  bespoke  deal  on  every  utility

We understand all the Industry regulations,and know exactly what is needed to help you along the  tricky  path from one  energy contract to the  next  one, we  are  totally  client  orientated, and are always here when you  need  us

 What  is  MD? 

Maximum demand is a recording of highest rate of  flow (demand) of  electricity  in any  particular  month.  MD  is measured in KVA or kWhs. Charges based on maximum demand are used to recover the cost  of  electricity transmission  through  the  national  grid.

 What  is  a  Meter  Operator? 

Any qualifying site that wishes to benefit from contract rates must appoint a meter operator. It is the function of the  meter operator to maintain the half  hour  data  meter  and  collect  the  data  by  means  of  a communication  link,  which  is  normally  a  telephone  line.  A  charge  is  made  for  this  service,  with  a  separate charge  for  the  communications  link,  which  varies  from  area  to  area.

 What  is  Available  Capacity?

Sometimes called Availability. The physical capacity of the electricity supply into the building. The electricitydistributor  will  charge for the amount of capacity that  s made available to the customer. 

 What  are  Settlement  Charges?

The settlement system is the system by which the customer's half hourly data is transmitted from the meter to the supplier for billing- the cost for this service is covered in the settlement charge.

  What  is  TUOS?

Transmission  Use  of  System  Charges  are made  by  the  National  Grid to  each  supplier  for  the  transmission  of energy  through  the  National  Grid

 What  is  DUOS

The Regional Electricity Company (REC) is responsible for distributing electricity to  all  sites  within  its  own  region regardless of whether or not they hold the contract for supply. The RECS levies a cost for  this  service - Distribution  Use  of  System  Charge,  this  cost  is  passed  to  the  customer.

 What  is  an  all - inclusive  Offer ?

This  is  an  offer  for  Half  Hourly  electricity  that  include  DUOS  and  TUOS.

 What  is  an  Energy  Only  Offer ? 

This is an offer for Half  Hourly  electricity that excludes DUOS, TUOS and settlements. Energy only  prices  can be at Power Station Gate, Grid Supply Point or at the customers Supply Terminals ( see below  for  explanation of  these  terms).

 What  is  a  REC ?

Regional  Electricity  Company  is  the  name  given  to  the  electricity  distribution  company  that  controls  the  supply network  in  a  particular  region.

 Can  I  Qualify  for  a  reduced  Rate ?

Energy  Intensive  Users  (EIUs)  can  qualify  for  an  80%  reduction  subject  to  trade  sector  agreements  with  the DETR  based  on  the  efficient  use  of  energy.

The  Horticultural  Industry  is  subject  to  50%  rebate  for  5  years.

 Are  there  any  exclusions  /  exemptions  to  CCL ? 

Exclusions apply to consumption below the de minimus limit of less than 4,397 k Wh (150 therms) per month for Gas and 1000k Whs for electricity and supplies where VAT is charged at 5%  (i.e.  domestic  supply ). If you have a mixed  usage site, CCL will be applied to the industrial and commercial consumption only ( A  VAT exemption  form  will  be  required by the suppliers in cases of split consumption).

There are various other  exemptions  which  apply depending on the  type  of   the  fuel,   its   source,  and  purpose for  which it is used. For  example, "Good quality CHP's" and energy not used  as  fuels  are  exempt.

 How  does  the charge appear on my invoice ? 

CCL  is  shown  as  a  separate  charge  between  the  total  consumption  and  VAT.  It  will  be  subjected  to  the standard  rate  of  VAT.

 What  happens  to  the  proceeds  of  the  levy ?  

The  proceeds  of  the  levy  are  to  be  recycled  back  into  business  through  a 0.3%  cut  in  employer's  national insurance  contributions.  The  levy is  designed  to  be  revenue neutral.

 How  much  will  the  tax  cost ?  

The  levy  is  charged  at  0.169  pence  per  kWh  for  natural  gas  and  0.485  pence  per  k Wh  for  electricity.

 Why  is  the  CCL  being  Introduced ? 

The  aim  of  the  Levy  is  to  encourage  Industry,  commerce  and  the  public  sector  to  improve  energy  efficiency and  reduce  greenhouse  emissions

 What  is  the  Climate  Change  Levy  (CCL) ?  

The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is a government tax on the use of energy by business, agriculture and the public sector; it applies to both Gasand electricity.  It  does  not  apply to fuel used by the domestic or transport sector, or fuels used for the production of other forms of energy and for non-energy businesses.

 What  is  ROC ?  

Under  the  Renewables Obligation Scheme, all licensed electricity suppliers are required  to  supply  an  increasing proportion  of  electricity from renewable sources in each 12 month “obligation period”.

Under this obligation order, energy regulator OFGEM issues a Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) for each MWH of electricity generated from an eligible source.

A supplier can comply with the obligation in one of two ways, or by a combination of both. It can present sufficient ROCS to meet its obligation or it can use the  buy-out price to OFGEM  for  each  MWH  of  its obligation for which a ROC is not held.

 Do  I  need  a  special  connection  for  Green  Energy ?  

No,  the  electricity  from your  wall  plug  remains the same as the origin of  electricity  cannot  be  detected. However,  your supplier will guarantee that electricity you buy has been produced from renewable  energy sources.

  What  does  Green  Energy  Cost ?   

Most  suppliers  charge  an additional amount per kilowatt -hour on green energy a sopposed to brown energy regular energy). However, customers will not pay climate  change  levy  on  green  energy  and  at  best  it  can prove  to  be  a cost-neutral  exercise, i. e.  refund  of  CCL  equals  cost  of  green  premium  on  unit  price.

  What  is  Green  Energy ?   

Green Energy is the general term for electricity that has been generated in a sustainable way. In the future  it  might be possible to buy sustainably produced Gasor heat.Green Energy can be produced by various renewable  energy  sources,  such  as  wind,  solar  and  hydropower.