Energy Procurement

Energy Procurement

Deciding on the right route for your business to take when it comes to energy contracts can be a minefield. Weighing up the pros and cons, risk vs. reward can leave your mind boggled. That is where the Experienced Energy Services procurement team are here to help.


Our team of experts research the market on a regular basis to understand the intricacies of different contracts offered – so you don’t have to. We take the pain out of the procurement process.


We help businesses like yours fully understand your energy needs, what you want from an energy partner, and what contract type will best deliver your desired outcome.


To understand more about how we approach the market and how this can benefit you and your business, get in touch. One of our experts will support with a comprehensive market review to kick-start your energy procurement journey.

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Fixed Energy Contract

Fixing your energy contracts is quite often compared to fixing your mortgage, car insurance, home insurance and many other everyday costs that could increase based on demand and circumstances outside of your control. Fixed Energy Purchasing can offer a simple and efficient procurement strategy, where comparative rates across the same duration are compared to identify the cheapest annual spend. This can offer assurances around budgetary certainty and can also allow you to feel confident your needs are secured in one transaction.

The only issue is it’s not that simple. Fixing your unit rate is great, but when that unit rate is made up of 10+ individual charges, each of which can be fixed or ‘passed through’ at a variable market rate, the ‘minefield’ really starts to take shape.

Within the UK Energy Market, each supplier offers their own interpretation on Fixed Contracts. Some offer to fix all associated costs as standard, others don’t. Some fix to a certain level and can reconcile and charge additional later down the line, whilst some offers are so hard to interpret, you really do need to read the 100+ page terms and conditions to know where you stand.

There is good news though. At EES, our experienced experts research the market on a regular basis to understand how contracts differ, which suppliers fix what part of their tariffs and more importantly, which suppliers offer the type of contract you’re looking for.

To understand more about how we approach the market and how this can benefit you and your business, get in touch to speak with one of our experts who can support with a comprehensive market review today.

Flexible Energy Contract

Flexible energy contracts are usually considered a more advanced approach to purchasing energy. Rather than ‘fixing’ your costs for a specific duration with one single agreement, flexible contracts allow you to engage with multiple, smaller purchases direct from the wholesale market. This could see you benefit from wider opportunities to monitor the market and purchase energy at optimum times throughout the year. This strategic approach is suited to customers who have a larger energy spend (often beginning at around £500k per annum), or for a consortium of businesses who collectively basket their consumption together to try and accumulate their volume and enhance overall purchasing power (See our basket/consortium overview for more detail).

In negotiating your Flexible Energy Contract, your total volume is broken down into smaller segments of energy, often known as clips. These clips are then purchased individually and can be purchased monthly, quarterly or seasonally in advance of usage. Once the clips have been traded, you then have an agreed amount of energy to use within that month, quarter or season and any over use would then be traded as additional, or settled against the market index.

Throughout the contract, usage is likely to differ from your pre-purchased clip volume, depending on the consistency of the business operations and the energy monitoring tools available, however volume fluctuation is common and can, but doesn’t always mean excessive costs. It is important to make sure you’re on the right product to minimise unexpected costs, as this is the key to the success of Flexible Purchasing. Whilst the cheapest costs can appear attractive when negotiating initial clip volumes, heavy costs associated with residual trades or market settlement need to be considered to ensure accurate forecast projections.

As with Fixed Energy Contracts, you can still ‘Fix’ or ‘Pass Through’ certain elements of your energy cost within a Flexible agreement, however this may need to be agreed as part of initial negotiations as amendments to the contract can sometimes incur additional costs, which may erode some of the financial benefits gained through trading.

It’s important to note that not all suppliers offer flexible energy contracts, and not all provide the tools which are required to monitor the market and maximise the benefits from more intelligent purchasing. The key is to understand which suppliers offer what services and where the best fit might be for your business and its individual energy needs.

At EES, we work with all leading suppliers who offer flexible energy contracts, and can ensure you are directed to the suppliers who are most equipped to provide the service and support you’re looking for.

To understand more about how we approach the market and how this can benefit you and your business, get in touch to speak with one of our experts who can support with a comprehensive market review today!

Moving Premises

Moving into new premises is often an exciting time for any business, it can also be stressful and provide challenges in making sure your business continues to deliver the same service which enabled you to expand into a new site. At EES, we often receive enquiries from customers who have moved into a new building but don’t know who provides their energy and who they should contact to discuss their charges moving forwards.

Whilst it can be debated as to whether it’s the outgoing or incoming tenant’s responsibility to notify energy suppliers of the change, it’s important for both parties to ensure the change is logged in a timely and efficient manner, to minimise the possibility of additional or incorrect charges being added to the accounts. If required, EE-S can access industry databases and provide post-code searches to establish your suppliers, before making contact on your behalf to notify them of the change in occupancy.

Once the change is logged, all incoming customers have the availability to negotiate their own supply contracts, which EES can also support with (see our Contracts and Pricing). If your business is moving in and/or out of a commercial premise, get in touch and EE-S can support with the following services:

Identify the existing suppliers for Electricity, Gas and Water

Submit Change of Occupancy (COO) form to existing suppliers

Provide final/opening meter reads

Review the market and negotiate supply contracts

Bill Validation (opening/closing bill)

*If you work on behalf of a Commercial Managing Agent, please contact our partnerships team who can support you with a more tailored approach to regular COO management.

To understand more about how we approach the market and how this can benefit you and your business, get in touch to speak with one of our experts who can support with a comprehensive market review today!

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