The wholesale cost of gas or electricity makes up, on average, just under half of your energy bill. Here we reveal the four main elements influencing the other half.

Gas

Profits

These are our returns to shareholders, like pension funds, as well as investments
in future energy supplies like wind and solar power.

Operating cost

These include everything that keeps our customer accounts running smoothly,
from gas engineers to customer call centres.

Distribution cost

These are the fees charged by independent distributors to deliver energy to your
business through their gas pipes or electricity wires. They are overseen by the
energy regulator Ofgem. Distribution costs will vary based on your location in the
country.

Taxes & environmental contributions

Environmental contributions include government-imposed duties like the Climate
Change Levy. Taxes include VAT and corporation tax, which energy suppliers like
British Gas pay like any other business.

Wholesale costs

The wholesale cost of gas or electricity makes up, on average, just under half of
your energy bill. Here we reveal the four main elements influencing the other half.

Figures are based on 2011 actuals for British Gas small and medium-sized business customers. Figures do not include larger business customers with 15 or more sites

Electricity

Profits

These are our returns to shareholders, like pension funds, as well as investments
in future energy supplies like wind and solar power.

Operating cost

These include everything that keeps our customer accounts running smoothly,
from gas engineers to customer call centres.

Distribution cost

These are the fees charged by independent distributors to deliver energy to your
business through their gas pipes or electricity wires. They are overseen by the
energy regulator Ofgem. Distribution costs will vary based on your location in the
country.

Taxes & environmental contributions

Environmental contributions include government-imposed duties like the Climate
Change Levy. Taxes include VAT and corporation tax, which energy suppliers like
British Gas pay like any other business.

Wholesale costs

The wholesale cost of gas or electricity makes up, on average, just under half of
your energy bill. Here we reveal the four main elements influencing the other half.

Figures are based on 2011 actuals for British Gas small and medium-sized business customers. Figures do not include larger business customers with 15 or more sites

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