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5 examples of energy transformation in energy procurement for various groups of consumers


Energy prices are changing, the market environment is changing, and the approaches to purchasing energy are also changing. How to buy electricity and natural gas now and then? Will the future bring support in energy procurement and purchasing decisions, or will it help to predict prices? I do not think so. Ultimately, it is the common-sense approach of the energy consumer that will determine how financial resources will be spent on this purpose.


The table below shows what the current purchases of various groups of energy consumers look like and what trends we can or will be able to notice. Recipients were grouped according to their energy consumption. Maybe you perceive your bills as 'high', but energy suppliers classify consumers in the way like this:



Is your organization ready for the change? Perhaps changes are already being introduced in your companies. Are you sure that the long-term goals and energy procurement strategy have been set correctly for your company and figuratively speaking, are you sure you got on the right train?


We have some tips for you.


1. Households:

• Check and compare the possibilities related to self-production, eg photovoltaics. Currently, there are many support programs, either governmental (PLN 5,000) or local.

• Be careful when choosing a supplier and signing a contract for too long time in the future.


2. Very small recipients (consumption below 100 MWh per year)


• Check and compare possibilities related to self-production, eg photovoltaics. Large roof areas or an undeveloped plot of land can help reduce electricity bills. It is worth checking a few offers before making the final decision to install the panels, though.

• Verify the offers of different supplier, do not be afraid of changing the supplier.

• Be careful when choosing a bidder and signing a contract for too long.


3. Small customers (consumption below 5 GWh per year)


• Check and compare possibilities related to self-production, eg photovoltaics. Large roof areas or an undeveloped plot of land can help reduce electricity bills. It is worth checking a few offers before making the final decision to install the panels.

• Purchase based on your long-term energy purchasing strategy, taking into account sustainability. It is in this document that all guidelines and specific information on how to buy energy should be specified, so that your company is competitive and your budget is under control.

• Negotiate contracts with sellers. The contract should enable the execution of a long-term strategy. Not the other way around.

• Look for solutions that can help you visualize the execution of the strategy. Transparency in purchases is almost sacred.


4. Medium consumers (consumption below 50 GWh per year)


• Check and compare possibilities related to self-production, eg photovolley. Large roof areas or an undeveloped plot of land can help reduce electricity bills. It is worth checking a few offers before making the final decision to install the panels.

• Check also the offers of companies offering contracts, the so-called PPA (long-term contracts for the sale of energy often from renewable energy sources),

• Look for solutions related to energy storage. Such solutions are perfect as a supplement to auto-generation installations or as a much cheaper use of peak power,

• Purchase based on your long-term sustainable energy purchasing strategy. It is in this document that all guidelines and specific information on how to buy energy should be specified, so that your company is competitive and your budget is under control.

• Negotiate contracts with sellers. The contract should enable the execution of a long-term strategy. Not the other way around.

• Look for solutions that can help you visualize the execution of the strategy. Transparency in purchases is almost sacred.


5. Large customers (consumption over 50 GWh per year)


• Check and compare possibilities related to self-production, eg PV. Large roof areas or an undeveloped plot of land can help reduce electricity bills. It is worth checking a few offers before making the final decision to install the panels.

• Check also the offers of companies offering contracts, the so-called PPA or PLA (long-term contracts for the sale of energy often from renewable energy sources).

• Look for solutions related to energy storage. Such solutions are ideal as a supplement to auto-production installations or as a much cheaper use of peak power.

• Purchase based on your long-term sustainable energy purchasing strategy. It is in this document that all guidelines and specific information on how to buy energy should be specified to keep your company competitive and your budget under control.

• In the case of purchasing for many countries, it is worthwhile for having one strategy but with respect to local market individual situations.

• Negotiate contracts with suppliers. The contract should enable the execution of a long-term strategy. Not the other way around. Look for synergies in different markets. Often, suppliers in different countries can offer interesting solutions and discounts when selecting their company in many countries.

• Look for solutions that can help you visualize the execution of the strategy. Transparency in purchases is almost sacred.


At what stage is your company with energy buying? Maybe you have a different vision of the future of energy purchases for end users? Feel free to discuss!




Author: Bartosz Palusiński