In today’s ever-evolving energy market, businesses face a constant challenge when it comes to predicting and managing energy costs. Fluctuating commodity prices, geopolitical tensions, and regulatory changes introduce an element of unpredictability, making it difficult for organisations to forecast their energy expenses accurately. This uncertainty in energy budgets can have a cascading effect on overall financial planning and resource allocation. 

Traditional fixed energy contracts may provide stability over a specific period, but these will limit the ability to adapt to market fluctuations. This rigidity can leave businesses exposed to sudden price spikes, hindering their ability to allocate resources effectively. 

The Power of Flexible Energy Procurement  

In contrast to traditional fixed contracts, a flexible energy procurement plan empowers businesses with the ability to adapt to market changes swiftly. During periods of low energy prices, businesses can secure energy at advantageous rates, locking-in cost savings for the future. Businesses can then adjust their purchasing decisions in response to market intelligence, regulatory developments, and global events, in order to mitigate potential financial risks associated with price volatility. 

By harnessing the power of flexible energy procurement, businesses can position themselves as proactive players in the energy market, ready to navigate changing conditions with confidence and precision. 

Driving Budget Certainty with Flexibility 

 A flexible energy procurement plan serves as a powerful tool for businesses seeking budget certainty in an unpredictable energy landscape. With the ability to tailor energy purchasing strategies to match market conditions, businesses can effectively manage their energy costs and minimize financial uncertainty. 

By customising procurement approaches based on their unique needs and risk appetite, businesses can align energy expenditure with their financial objectives. This alignment enhances budget certainty, allowing businesses to plan and allocate resources strategically.  

With budget certainty secured through flexible procurement, businesses can focus on growth and sustainability initiatives without being unduly affected by energy market fluctuations. In the following section, we will explore how organisations can leverage this newfound certainty to drive effective strategic planning and optimize their energy strategies. 

Strategic Planning Made Easy 

Strategic planning becomes more agile and forward-thinking as businesses no longer need to operate under the constraints of rigid energy contracts. The ability to adjust energy purchasing strategies in response to market intelligence and future projections enables businesses to stay ahead of emerging trends and seize growth opportunities. 

Moreover, budget certainty allows businesses to invest strategically in energy efficiency measures and sustainability initiatives. By optimizing energy consumption and reducing waste, organisations can enhance their environmental footprint while reaping cost savings in the process. 

With ARO as a strategic partner, organisations can harness the power of flexible energy procurement to streamline their strategic planning processes. Our expertise and market intelligence enable businesses to make data-driven decisions, maximizing the potential for success and resilience in a rapidly changing energy landscape. In the subsequent section, we will delve into the advantages of achieving savings during volatile periods through a flexible energy procurement plan. 

Savings During Volatile Periods 

One of the significant benefits of implementing a flexible energy procurement plan is the ability to capitalise on cost-saving opportunities during volatile periods in the energy market.  

When energy prices dip during periods of market downturn, businesses with flexible procurement plans can lock in favorable rates for future energy contracts. This strategic move not only contributes to budget certainty but also results in substantial long-term savings. 

Businesses can leverage market intelligence provided by ARO to identify favorable procurement windows. Our team of experts closely monitors energy market trends, enabling businesses to make well-timed and data-driven decisions that yield cost efficiencies. 

Our flexible energy procurement plan saved Essential Living over £500k 

In light of the unprecedented energy market volatility in 2022, Essential Living approached ARO to see if a more effective energy procurement plan could be found approximately five months in advance before the gas contract was up for renewal. As the energy costs are being recharged to tenants in each building, finding the best possible rate was paramount to keep customers satisfied with the level of service offered. After careful consideration and assessment of their specific needs, we have been able to put forward a day-ahead (described as a financial market where participants purchase and sell electric energy at financially binding day-ahead prices for the following day) energy purchasing approach. The decision was based on energy markets being at a record high at the time and the anticipated consumption value. 

With a forecasted annual cost of approx. £800k, by using this sole approach we have been able to save Essential Living approx. £400k. This would’ve been impossible on a fixed-term contract. 

An effective energy procurement strategy optimally matches your business needs with the right business energy deal and we know this can take time to find. As energy is one of the biggest overheads for any business, securing the right price and the right terms for your gas and electricity can make a huge difference to the health of the balance sheet. We encourage businesses to research the best available energy purchasing option well in advance of your contract end-date coming to an end, as this will give you more opportunities to find the most suitable procurement plan. 

Contact us for a free, no obligation assessment of your energy procurement strategy that is optimal and cost-effective.