German food manufacturer hires NUS to review non-commodity costs

Optimizing grid tariff results in a 15 percent reduction in client annual energy costs.

In Germany, a food and beverage manufacturer engaged NUS Consulting Group to help analyze and identify possible opportunities to reduce its non-commodity charges – i.e., network charges, feed-in tariffs, renewable obligations, sustainability charges, etc. As with most other developed markets, the German market has many complex non-commodity charges applied to industrial consumers' energy invoices.

The client maintained sites in several grid areas and delivery levels in Germany. Presently, approximately 800 different grid companies are listed in Germany, acting in specific regions with published delivery power tariffs.

A detailed analysis of one of the client's larger site's invoice and interval data determined the possibility of reducing grid costs by submitting an application to the local grid company. The application was to move to a special tariff that had certain specific requirements relating to summer-winter peak demand usage. After reviewing the application, the grid operator agreed with NUS's analysis that the client met all of the requirements and approved the tariff change. 

As a result of NUS's analysis and consultations with the grid operator, the client secured an annual savings of 15 percent per annum at the site generated from its reduction of non-commodity costs.