21st October 2009 – Utilyx, the energy and carbon specialists, today announces two new services to help customers save thousands of pounds while improving their energy data management ahead of the Carbon Reduction Commitment. The services will be delivered in partnership with PCMG and IMServ as part of Utilyx’ ongoing commitment to provide customers with an energy management service that considers all aspects of the energy mix, from historical bill validation and risk management through to procurement and regulatory compliance.
Commenting on the new partnerships, Chris Bowden, chief executive of Utilyx said: “An increasing number of customers are talking to us about their data management needs, particularly in light of new reporting obligations created by the Carbon Reduction Commitment when the scheme starts in 2010. To meet this demand, we’ve extended our existing bureau service to draw on the intelligence of industry experts like PCMG and IMServ. By working together, we can extend our existing bill validation services to include historical charges and give our customers the information they need to improve energy efficiency, save costs and meet increasingly demanding regulatory obligations in the future.”
As an energy management service provider, Utilyx already provides comprehensive bill checking, reconciliation and validation through its bureau at its Northampton office. The new service delivered with PCMG goes beyond this by looking at a host of historical billing points, including whether a customer’s electricity meter is set up correctly and whether they have been paying the correct distribution charges on a historical basis.
Ian Yates, Director at PCMG said: “We have consistently proved that a significant number of energy bills aren’t in line with customers’ pricing agreements. The Utilyx historical audit, provided by PCMG will perform a forensic analysis of six years worth of invoicing and meter data to recover any overpayments that have been made by a customer. The amounts we recover for a client often run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. Working with Utilyx, we can help their customers chase these savings down and ensure that they are paying in line with their pricing agreement.”
The second new service is delivered in partnership with IMServ and will provide further financial rewards for Utilyx customers who will be able to take advantage of a discounted metering and data collection service. Half-hourly meter data will be available on a “day-plus-one” basis via an online reporting service at Utilyx.com. Customers who don’t have half-hourly meters will also be able to roll-out smart meters to give them access to half-hourly interval data via AMR (Automated Meter Reading). The benefits of prompt access to interval data are well known with the Energy Savings Trust reporting that increased visibility of energy usage via AMR can lead to efficiency savings of 11%. As AMR adoption is also a key Early Action Metric for the Carbon Reduction Commitment, the reasons for full scale roll out are becoming increasingly compelling.
Matt Davis, Carbon & Energy Product Manager from IMServ said: “Record energy prices and a huge increase in ‘green’ legislation means that carbon and energy issues have gone from being a peripheral problem to a business-critical boardroom issue. By working on a ‘day plus one’ basis, Utilyx customers can constantly monitor and record the amount of energy used on a day by day basis, enabling them to identify usage trends. This will help businesses tackle rising energy costs by keeping energy waste to a minimum.”
Bowden concludes: “As we work our way out of the recession, energy is one area where significant cost-savings can be achieved. The alliances that we have made with IMServ and PCMG will help our customers gain more transparency and control over their consumption, track how they are using energy and take the necessary steps to become more energy efficient. This will have a positive impact on their environmental footprint as well as their energy bills, potentially saving them thousands of pounds each year.”
Utilyx are specialist energy and carbon advisors and are one of the largest buyers of energy for industry and commerce in the UK*. Utilyx helps companies, developers and generators manage both the risks and opportunities created within this ever changing sector. Utilyx’ services cover the full spectrum of the energy and carbon markets, providing expert advice and bespoke solutions to both those who consume, and those who produce energy and carbon.
Utilyx provides strategic advice, and importantly also helps companies implement and manage agreed strategies through to completion. Established in 2000, Utilyx quickly gained a deserved reputation for excellence and innovation and has introduced a number of new products and concepts to the market, including the introduction of flexible risk managed electricity purchasing, open-book agreements and end-user Power Purchase Agreements. Utilyx continues to grow year-on-year and is now retained to provide its expertise and deliver solutions to many of the UK’s largest and best known companies.
*Datamonitor report BFEN0328 June 2008
IMServ is part of Invensys Operations Management and is a leader in providing world-class Carbon & Energy Solutions that help organisations in all sectors to save energy, reduce costs, control carbon and be greener. Our customers and alliance partners can choose from complete end-to-end outsourced solutions through to individual services and consultancy across three key areas — Data, Insight and Carbon & Energy Saving — to enable faster and more informed delivery against carbon and CSR targets. A fully independent service provider and part of Invensys Group, IMServ was founded in 1992.
About Invensys Operations Management
Invensys Operations Management, a division of Invensys, is a leading provider of automation and information technology, systems, software solutions, services and consulting to the global manufacturing and infrastructure industries. Headquartered in Plano, Texas, its solutions are used by more than 40,000 clients around the world in more than 200,000 plants and facilities.
Invensys Operations Management’s offerings are delivered under several prominent industry brands, including Action Instruments, ArchestrA, Avantis, Barber-Colman, Chessell, Continental, Eurotherm, Foxboro, IMServ, InFusion, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware. The company’s approximately 9,000 employees and its global partner ecosystem integrate these products and services to help clients collaborate across systems and enterprises in real time, extracting critical data to make faster, better decisions and synchronize their operations from the plant floor to the executive offices, aligning production goals with business objectives. To learn more about Invensys Operations Management, visit iom.invensys.com.
Invensys plc (www.invensys.com) is headquartered in London and is listed on the London Stock Exchange (ISYS.L), with approximately 20,000 employees working in 50 countries.
Invensys, the Invensys logo, Action Instruments, ArchestrA, Avantis, Chessell, Continental, Energy DataVision, the EDV Energy DataVision logo, Eurotherm, Foxboro, I/A Series, IMServ, InFusion, SimSci-Esscor, Triconex and Wonderware are trademarks of Invensys plc, its subsidiaries or affiliates. Barber-Colman is a trademark of TAC, LLC and used under license from TAC, LLC. All other brands and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.
PCMG is the UK’s leading Energy and Telecommunications cost consultancy, with an unrivalled track record for generating cash for clients through historic recovery audits and identification and delivery of sustainable cost savings. Founded in 1993, PCMG employs over 50 cross-sector technical experts, industry leading technologies and unique databases and to have realised over £150,000,000 in value for its clients. In March 2008, PCMG was acquired by Alma Consulting Group, the largest European consultancy operating in the field of profit improvement and recovery of overcharges.
Helen Ablett/Naomi Goodman
Octopus Communications, for Utilyx
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