North-east sea-food firm reaps rich fuel-saving harvest with Orchard Energy

North-east seafood exporters G&J Jack are set to reap the benefits of £1,500 a year in savings following an energy review conducted by Orchard Energy.

Since partnering with G&J Jack at the start of October, Orchard Energy’s Aberdeen office has conducted a thorough examination previous audits and invoices to investigate the possibility of a refund or rebate on bills already paid.

Orchard’s dedicated team of utility specialists also analysed the company’s supply capacity charges and were able to secure a significant reduction, after discovering that the capacity was far in excess of the company’s requirements.

A new fixed-rate electricity contract close to the current cost was also secured for G&J Jack, despite a recent surge in commodity and wholesale costs in the market.

G&J Jack is one of the largest seafood exporters in the North East of Scotland and a family business stretching five generations.

Jason Jack said: “We’re delighted with the savings we’ve been able to make since starting out with Orchard Energy.

“Orchard have helped us negotiate new energy contracts and have analysed our existing invoices and bills. The level of service has been excellent throughout.”

James McIntosh, new business executive at Orchard Energy, said: “We are delighted to have been able to deliver such significant savings to G&J Jack and take particularly pride in the fact that the company will benefit from our work for years to come.”

Meanwhile, Orchard Energy is warning businesses that they face the prospect of paying significantly more for energy that exceeds their assigned capacity, following new measures to be introduced by OFGEM next year.

The regulator’s DCP 161 measure is a change to the Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement (DCUSA) and will introduce severe Excess Capacity Penalties for businesses that over-use their half-hour energy supplies.

A spokesman, said: “It is crucial that businesses and organisations understand the implications of OFGEM’s new measures, as there is a risk of severe financial penalties to those who don’t adapt.


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