Help Required – Impact of energy costs on investment decisions: project to gather case study evidence

John MoorFeatured, Manufacturing, News


January 2015
BIS has commissioned Ricardo-AEA, in partnership with University College London and Triple E Consulting, to carry out a project to gather case study evidence on the impact of energy costs on firms not currently recognised as ‘energy-intensive industries’ (EIIs) and eligible for existing government support. The aim of the study is to gather evidence on energy costs, particularly electricity costs, and its implications for investment decisions and UK competitiveness.

Accompanying this letter is an invitation from Ricardo-AEA to participate in an anonymous online questionnaire. Responses to this survey will be aggregated for benchmarking purposes only. At the end of the questionnaire, you are invited to participate in a short follow-up interview to allow the consultants to further understand the impacts of energy costs on your business. If you choose to participate, you will be asked to provide your contact details to facilitate arranging the interview.

Should you agree to participate in a follow-up interview, I understand that some the data you will be providing may be commercially sensitive. Please be assured that the consultants have signed a confidentiality agreement with BIS. The terms of this agreement include only personnel working on the study having access to the data and, once the study is complete, all data held by the consultants will be deleted.

I am therefore writing to encourage your participation in the study as this will help us gather robust evidence around how energy costs impact investment decisions, to inform policy decisions around measures to support UK businesses in the future.

The study will run from January 2015 to March 2015. We would expect the consultants to contact you in February 2015, following completion of the online questionnaire in January, for a follow-up interview, should you indicate your willingness to participate.

The survey can be accessed here:

If you have any questions about the study or about our request for your participation, please feel free to contact Stephanie Yow either via email on [email protected] or by phone on 0207 215 3805.

Yours sincerely
Paul Drabwell
Deputy Director, Green Economy team