Welcome to Generation Services

Make the most of your energy generation

If you generate energy, or you want to start, our dedicated team of experts can help. We can offer support to help you get as much return from the process as possible, so you can join the growing number of businesses making the most of energy generation.

Whatever your generation type, we've got a product that could help. Whether you're experienced or not, we can create bespoke contracts tailored to your needs that help you get the most from an ever-changing market.

And if you choose renewable sources like wind, solar or biomass, you'll be on the path to supporting the government's energy initiatives. What's more it's likely your business will qualify for renewable energy certificates, and we'll help you maximise the commercial value of these.

See our Government initiatives section for more information.

Why npower

“The great thing about working with npower’s dedicated Generation Services team is the excellent level of service and support they provide us with.

npower’s tailored approach has enabled us to set up bespoke contracts to suit our needs across our varied generation portfolio (gas, coal and wind). The knowledge and professionalism npower demonstrates has given us confidence that this dynamic team will always remain ahead of the game, whilst offering us the most of competitive prices to ensure we maximise the value of our generation assets.”

Keith Gains,
Director of the Clean Energy infrastructure team, Capital Dynamics.

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Email us at:
generation.services@npower.com

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How does it work?
What happens to the exported energy? open/close 

Exported energy is bought through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a contract between a generator and a buyer. This covers the buying of exported energy, but can also include the purchasing of any associated renewable certificates.

Fixed selling
Set your exported unit price for budget certainty open/close 

Protect yourself

Fixed Price PPA

  • Provides certainty of price for each unit you export
  • Protects against wholesale price volatility
  • Assists budget certainty

A Fixed Price Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) lets you set the price for each unit you export upfront, helping give you budgetary certainty in a volatile market.

Standard Fixed Price PPAs allow you to set a price for 6-36 months, but in certain circumstances it may be possible to develop a longer term agreement.

Flexible selling
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You could minimise the risk and maximise value

Flexible PPA

  • Spread your risk in an increasingly volatile market
  • Sell your power in multiple transactions
  • Take advantage of market movements to help you get the most for your power

As the UK wholesale market has become increasingly volatile it’s almost impossible to get the best price in a single contracting decision. Our Flexible PPA can help you mitigate the risk. It lets you take advantage of market movements, benefit from multiple selling decisions and therefore helps get the best returns on your generation portfolio in an unpredictable market.

A Flexible PPA gives you access to the UK wholesale market via our sister company, RWE Supply and Trading. Plus it offers real-time market information and support via our award winning Optimisation Desk and online tool Risk Navigator for easy access to market news as it breaks.

Direct Budget Management (DBM)
Expert guidance and a flexible contract open/close 

Additional support for flexible energy transacting from our award-winning Optimisation Desk

DBM

  • Expert guidance to support your individual requirements
  • Robust framework to support selling on a flexible contract
  • Removes the emotive element of energy transacting, while still having access to the wholesale market
  • May provide guaranteed floor price within liquid periods

We know that changing to a flexible contract can be daunting, even with all the benefits. That’s why we’ve developed our DBM energy-selling solution, for generators who feel they’d welcome some support.

Contract Lite
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Contract Lite

  • Allows you to extend your contract beyond its end date for a longer-term hedging horizon
  • Maintain a standard ‘Firm’ term contract for a minimum of one year, with a six-month rolling horizon
  • Take advantage of a ‘Lite’ term of up to 15 years from contract signature
  • Light termination clauses apply in the extended Lite term

Looking to hedge your price risk over a longer term, while working within the constraints of a shorter-term contract? This is a challenge facing many of our larger customers who generate, so we have developed the ideal solution – Contract Lite for Export.

PPA Netting (Third Party Netting)
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Bringing generators and supply customers together

PPA Netting

  • Contractually connects your generation assets with your own supply requirements. Or can contractually connect your generation assets with a third party supply customer for mutual benefit
  • May provide you and supply customers long term pricing mechanisms
  • Purchaser may benefit from renewable supply

If you are a power user looking to contract with an embedded generator (a generator connected directly to the National Grid), or vice versa, we can help start a Third Party Netting relationship that balances the financial and environmental ambitions of both parties.

This works by allowing the power purchaser to ‘net’ or ‘sleeve’ the generation energy volume at the same wholesale price as the equivalent supply contract volume.

PPA Netting also reduces each party’s exposure to the volatile market.

Long Term Solutions (Long Term PPAs)
A tailored longer term agreement, enabling stability open/close 

When you need stability

Long Term PPAs

  • Long term framework agreements to help financing of your generation project
  • Help to maximise your power value by linking your payments to an open and liquid market index
  • Guaranteed off take of your power and associated benefits for up to 15 years

Underpin your generation activity with a five to fifteen year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Product structures can be tailored to your specific requirements.

Contracts for Difference (CfD)
An agreed price for your energy, regardless of the market open/close 

Contracts for Difference (CfD) are gradually replacing the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme due to the changes outlined in the Electricity Market Reform (EMR). If you generate renewable energy you may be able to benefit.

A CfD reduces uncertainty about energy prices for renewable energy - valuable in a volatile market.

How do CfDs work?

  • A fixed price for the renewable energy you will export is agreed through your allocated CfD (called a ‘strike price’)
  • When the market falls below this, you’re paid the difference from a fund run by the Low Carbon Contracts Company
  • If the market rises above the strike price you pay back the difference
  • This means you’ll always get paid the agreed strike price for your exported energy and never lose money ensuring security of revenue

Please contact us to discuss PPA options available if you are eligible for a CfD.

Government Initiatives
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Reap the Benefits of Generating Renewable Energy

If you generate renewable energy you may benefit from one of the government’s initiatives, including Contracts for Difference (CfDs), Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) and/or Levy Exemption Certificates (LECs).

To be eligible for renewable certificates you need to:

  • Get your installation accredited by Ofgem via the Online and Renewable CHP register
  • Once registered, arrange to sell your power to an energy supplier like us through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA)
  • Measure your power through an export meter
  • Send your data to Ofgem each month in exchange for renewable energy certificates

Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)

If you generate renewable energy, you may be eligible for Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) which have a cash value to you.

The Renewables Obligation (RO) is an obligation promise for UK suppliers to supply more energy from renewable sources. And to help us with this, we may buy your ROCs.

What you need to know:

  • The RO is open to new generators until 31st March 2017. After this all eligible renewable generators will use the Contracts for Difference scheme
  • Generation that is accredited under the RO before April 2017 will continue to receive its full lifetime of support (20 years) until the scheme closes in 2037

How do ROCs work?

  • You need to be accredited with Ofgem.
  • Renewable generators report the amount of renewable energy that they generate on a monthly basis to Ofgem
  • The number of ROCs you get depends on the technology you use (i.e. wind, solar, biomass etc) and when your asset was originally built
  • We can buy your ROCs as part of a bundled package with your exported energy through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), or just buy the certificates through a ROC Trading Master Agreement (RTMA)

Levy Exemption Certificates (LECs)

Energy generated from certain renewable technologies is exempt from the Climate Change Levy (CCL) and qualifies for Levy Exemption Certificates (LECs). These are valuable as businesses can use them instead of paying a climate change levy.

What you need to know:

  • You get 1 LEC per MWh of renewable electricity
  • You need to be accredited with Ofgem and report the amount of renewable energy you generate to them
  • Have to be sold with the accompanying power

Feed In Tariff (FiT)

If you are generating renewable energy on a smaller scale with a capacity under 250kW, then the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) may be best for you.

What we say

David Reed - Director of sales and marketing for npower Business Solutions

David Reed

Head of npower Business Solutions

Another route to secure sustainable energy

We discuss the future developments for Power Purchase Agreements directly with generators

Power to the people

The Energy Bill invites consumers to participate in the future Capacity Market, alongside generators

Building energy resilience - and generating revenue into the bargain

We know that security of supply is a keen concern for many energy consumers