The first two categories are probably right to be sceptical because the charging structure for delivering electricity to a meter in the UK is mind numbingly complicated and then you have to add in the various levies and taxes. The good news (not fake news) is that 4prime has developed software to calculate these costs for any half-hourly settled meter in Great Britain. The rest of the world will need to have a little patience but we will get to you.

The “That is not a good idea” people probably have something to hide. 4prime can bring absolute clarity to the cost of delivering electricity. There is nowhere to hide.

Implications of this new clarity are:​​

  1. The days of the electricity suppliers and TPI relying on selling the maximum number of kWh to customers are numbered. Demonstrating a fair price for supplying a commodity is the new model.
  2. Expect disruptive suppliers to be entering the market with totally transparent cost structures. These will be digital suppliers that can afford to offer electricity at a very tight profit margin because their costs will be lower.
  3. TPIs will need to nurture customer relationships and offer services that continue to provide clients with an acceptable environment and process power at minimum cost.
  4. Consumers will need to discover how to minimise electricity costs before their competitors do. There is the opportunity to produce an income by generating electricity onsite or reducing demand. Costs can also be reduced by moving demand from high to low cost periods.

Electricity delivery costs will continue to be a changing landscape driven by the need for transmission and distribution systems to deal with the new world of generation and demand. These changes will be driven by the growth in renewable energy generation, introduction of electric vehicles, move towards decentralised generation and changes in timing of demand.

Any project aimed at reducing electricity costs will need to be sufficiently flexible to cope with the changing charging landscape. A strategy that is good for today may not be the best for the future.

The key to minimising electricity costs in the future will be to constantly review procurement strategies and performance of energy cost reduction projects. Remember to measure performance, analyse the data and look for ways to improve that performance.

There will be series of weekly blogs expanding on these topics. In the meantime, if there are any questions, please contact me on

We are an adaptable organisation and welcome discussions with all suppliers, TPIs and consumers.Anchor