Fylde energy firm meters aid Lancashire fuel company

BIU offices opening at St Annes Buildings, Clifton Drive North, St Annes.
BIU offices opening at St Annes Buildings, Clifton Drive North, St Annes.
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St Annes energy consultant British Independent Utilities has teamed up with a rapidly growing Lancashire company to cut costs and carbon emissions.

Euro Garages, the fuel garage operator based in Blackburn, with more than 180 petrol forecourts across the UK, including several on the Fylde, has installed a programme of automated meter reading which allows it to view its energy usage at half-hourly periods on a daily basis.

This not only makes it easier to identify areas of over-consumption, it also ensures any reductions in usage are reported directly from the meter to suppliers, ensuring accuracy in billing.

The data is hosted through BIU247, a platform that provides online access to high-level management information across all utilities for organisations. BIU247 delivers instant cost, consumption, carbon and CRC.

Reporting up-to-date and accurate data helps with compliance for legislative schemes such as ESOS.

The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is a new piece of EU legislation, which requires the UK’s biggest companies to carry out energy audits – with the first reports due in December this year.

The audit is a requirement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change in response to EU legislation and the scheme is being administered by the Environment Agency.

With less than eight months until the ESOS first phase deadline, BIU the Lancashire-based energy and utility consultancy, believes this is an opportunity for business not only to make reductions in energy but ultimately save costs.

BIU’s director of operations Julian Carter said: “Many businesses will now have to carry out energy audits as part of their ESOS obligations. They will need to use a qualified ESOS lead assessor – which involves looking at all aspects of the business’ energy use and data. The process is a great opportunity for businesses to audit their energy and make savings and the sooner they do this the sooner they can reap the rewards.”