Removal of CCL exemption from renewably sourced electricity

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On Wednesday 8th July, the Chancellor announced in the Budget that, from 1st August 2015, electricity from renewable sources will no longer be subject to an exemption from Climate Change Levy (CCL).

What this means for our customers:

Our customers do not need to do anything. We’ll automatically make this change when their energy plan is renewed; they take out a new energy plan or if there is any change in their prices.

If customers currently see a RSE (Renewable Source Electricity) charge on their electricity bill, this will change to a CCL charge.

The unit prices and standing charge for the electricity we supply has not changed. The CCL charge is the same as RSE would have been and is calculated on a customers’ electricity consumption. Customers already paying CCL will see no change to their bill.

If a customer has business sites that are exempt (or part exempt) from CCL, and we have received a valid VAT certificate or CCL certificate (PP11) from them, they may be exempt from paying the CCL charge on some or all of their consumption.

To keep things simple we’ll make this change when a customer’s energy plan is renewed, they take out a new energy plan or if there is any change in their prices.

The Government have announced that there will be a ‘transition period’ for this change. Until we get more information about this, customers currently being charged RSE, will continue to pay it until the end of their energy plan, any price change, or until the end of this ‘transition period’, whichever comes sooner.

Should a customer have a contract that extends past the end of the transition period, we’ll be in touch.

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