This year marks the coming into force of energy efficiency duties of large consumers. Those requirements are intended to motivate them to perform energy efficiency improvement measures. Optimization of small consumers is entrusted to energy traders, as reported by Enefit chairman Janis Bethers.
He explains that introduction of energy efficiency measures in businesses creates additional costs. It is, however, important for businesses to adopt those changes as soon as possible. It will help them reach the necessary saving level and recover investments more quickly.
Energy efficiency responsibilities for energy traders, meanwhile is being developed. It is expected, however, that the plan and all of its points will apply to electricity, heating and gas traders, asking them to come up with ways of making energy consumption more effective for corporate consumers and households. «We can expect increased activity of energy traders this year. They will likely focus on closer cooperation with consumers, helping them introduce solutions for efficient energy consumption,» – Bethers explains.
Changes are also expected on the open energy resources market. The role of gas as an energy resource will grow significantly in every business this year. This category of costs will be possible to influence by selecting traders, prices and appropriate gas supply model.
«While households will be able to continue procuring gas for the regular tariff price, businesses will be provided with gas procurement alternatives – fixed price contracts, association of prices with exchange indexes. Other alternatives are likely as well,» – said the chairman of Enefit.
He emphasized that those are major and rapid changes. Because of that, businesses have to follow market development more actively and consider options for gas procurement early rather than later. It should be added that consumers may have to get used to new measure units for natural gas – MW/h as opposed to m3. Current and potential gas traders shave to understand that responsibility for the changes in the market is shared by all industry participants. All of them have the responsibility to educate consumers and help them adapt the new situation.
Bethers believes that even though the widely discussed MPC payment differentiation will come into force on 1 January 2018, it means consumers will have greater motivation to reassess the effectiveness of their electricity supply plans in the second half of the year. The approved solution states that MPC payment will depend on connection type and volume of consumed energy per client.