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Energy and fluid power

The profession of energy procurement (electricity and gas) cannot be made up as you go along and requires real expertise in light of the complex nature of markets and the volatility of prices as well as regulations that constantly change.

Procurement practices are now changing and require an approach at several levels: managing and procuring supplies, optimising shipment contracts, controlling taxation.

Suppliers regularly change their offers and make them more complex, which makes the analysis and decision-making difficult; taxation changes and through lack of knowledge (for suppliers as well as businesses) overbilling is often noted; new cost items appear (EEC, capacity market, etc.) with different calculation and interpretation methods according to the supplier, which creates much ambiguity.

Which option to choose (fixed price, public market price, swap back, ARENH [regulated access to nuclear electricity] sale), when to buy, what to buy (complete supply, packages, etc.), which risks to take, how to decrease taxation, the weight of which is constantly increasing? There are so many problems to understand in order to control your budget.

Yes, the liberalisation of European energy markets provides a varied panel of strategies and opportunities, but it also requires real expertise in light of the complex nature of these markets.

In order to face these problems, our consultants (from the suppliers’ sector or consultancy firms) are proficient in decrypting suppliers’ offers, have a precise view on their practices, continuously follow and analyse the markets and analyse tax regulations.

We customise our solutions:

  • Help with defining procurement strategies
  • Risk management
  • Management of calls for tender
  • Optimisation of shipping contracts
  • Optimisation of energy taxation and recovery of excess payments
  • Invoicing audit
  • Monitoring (budgetary, regulatory, and market)

In order to do this EPSA has specific tools for optimum and organised processing of all your data: CRM, an analysis tool for suppliers’ offers, a load curve analysis tool, access to stock markets, etc.

Our customers, whether industrialists or from the service sectors or local communities, have therefore been able to decrease their budget by 5 to 20% durably.

Electricity

The rapid disappearance of regulated rates for the sale of electricity creates more confusion and uncertainty concerning the control of energy expenses.

In this new context:

Are you sure that you are taking advantage of your contracts and the market context?

Since invoices are more and more complex, are you sure that you receive the right invoicing from your supplier?

Taxes comprise a bigger and bigger part of your expenses and the search for reductions is becoming a real financial challenge.

In this complex situation, EPSA helps their customers to define the strategy to adopt, to draw up tender enquiry documents and to obtain the best prices. Our in-depth knowledge of the legislation, our keen sense of negotiation along with continuous monitoring of the energy markets will enable you to seize market opportunities and choose the most appropriate supplier.

Our consultants also analyse your invoices in detail in order to detect any invoicing anomaly and/or erroneous application of taxes and to ensure recovery from the different organisations.

The different interventions within this procurement group make it possible to reduce your budget by 5 to 20% and to implement a durable strategy and optimise your budgetary monitoring.

Gas

This is a market that is now open and where the procurement practices have changed.

Since the end of regulated rates for the sale of gas, the positioning of businesses on this procurement item is strategic and any rash decision can turn out to be costly.

Since gas is a storable energy, buyers must know how to tackle the three fundamental problems in order to optimise their budget and work on competitive rates: when to buy, what volume and with what type of commitment.

EPSA consultants propose customised solutions. By defining an adapted strategy, they anticipate your procurements during bearish periods of varying lengths and make the best negotiations with suppliers.

A good approach correlated with an effective process can generate significant savings of about 20%.