Electricity charges in the Park
When the wind is blowing we, New Findhorn Directions Ltd (NFD), purchase and consume renewable energy generated by the three wind turbines operated on our behalf by Findhorn Wind Park Ltd (FWP).
When there is no wind FWP purchases energy from Scottish & Southern Electric on behalf of NFD to ensure a continuous supply.
In January 2014 FWP generated 118MWh of ‘organic’ electricity. The Park used 118MWh of power – 59% was ‘organic’ renewable (from FWP & the grid) and 41% ‘dirty’ bought in energy. The ‘dirty’ power bought produced 35.2 Tonnes CO2e and the exported ‘organic’ power sold was 52MWh saving 31.8 Tonnes CO2e off site.
FWP charges NFD the same rate per unit as Scottish Hydro Electric* charges locally using a two tariff system described as ‘Standard energy’ (the Day rate) and ‘Heating control energy’ (the Night rate). In addition, there are various other taxes and standing charges payable by NFD.
NFD, however operates a three tariff system; Standard, Day and Night. This allows people the choice of either paying one ‘Standard’ rate for all their electricity or paying both a ‘Day’ and ‘Night’ rate (which divides up their usage).
For NFD to offer a ‘Standard’ rate a formula is used to calculate all the electricity bought and convert it from ‘two’ into ‘three’ rates. There is no mark-up used in this calculation. In addition NFD adds ‘Distribution’ and ‘Availability’ charges as described below.
*Please note that any changes implemented by Scottish Hydro-Electric are subject to a three-month time lag before they impact the bills issued by NFD.
Your NFD bill Explained
The monthly electricity invoice that you receive from NFD can be settled via establishing a Direct Debit mandate (all we need is your email address to arrange via GoCardless), or you can pay by debit/credit card on the phone or by card/cheque/GBP/eko in person at our NFD accounts office Monday to Friday 9am to 2pm. Your invoice is laid out as follows:
- Your invoice will have either three lines of units + charges or five lines (if you have a Day & Night rate supply) of units + charges.
- Each line is labelled ‘electricity’.
- The first line shows the amount of units consumed during the month and the charge (units used multiplied by the unit price).
- The second line, ‘Distribution charge’, shows the cost of delivering electricity to you which is also calculated at a per/units used price.
As a private estate we provide and maintain our own network of distribution cables and the distribution charge is set up to contribute to these costs.
- The third line, ‘Availability charge’, is a fixed monthly charge and does not vary with the number of electricity units used. This covers the cost of administration.