• What we do

    What We Do

    We are the UK’s leading firm specialising exclusively in renewable energy land rent audits. We are dedicated to ensuring that those who have invested in renewables receive full and accurate returns from the green energy produced.

     

     

     

  • Meet the Founders – Part 1

    Husband and wife team, Travis and Freccia Benn are the co-founders of Accounting for Energy, over the next two weeks they’ll be giving us a little insight into why they started the business, what makes them tick and their vision for the company. This week we speak to Travis.

    You’ve had a 10-year career as an accountant; tell us a bit more about that?

    I began my career working as an auditor for two global accountancy firms. This allowed me to see the inner workings of a large number of businesses and charities.  I enjoyed building relationships with my clients and learning about their organisations. Moreover, I loved the huge variety of working environments (such as offices, factories, hospitals, schools, farms and power stations) and travelling extensively across the UK to do so. 

    How and why did you start Accounting for Energy?

    The time came when I decided to cross over from the ‘dark side’ of practising as an auditor to working in industry – a well-known rite of passage trodden by many accountants before me. I was offered a position by the UK’s leading independent renewable energy developer, where I oversaw compliance with landowner leases for several hundred power stations, including wind farms, hydro and landfill sites. I realised that landowners were under-represented in the industry, and needed a louder voice and greater transparency. Therefore, I co-founded AfE to be able to work exclusively on behalf of landowners, acting as a trusted adviser to promote greater transparency and accountability.

    Ok give us your Elevator Pitch – why should people trust and choose you?

    We are specialists at reviewing landowner payments from wind farms, hydro and landfill sites. We have completed hundreds of reviews and we are already trusted advisers to many of the UK’s largest landowners. We understand that landowners have built a partnership with their site developer, which we aim to maintain and further develop during our review. We leave no stone unturned during our reviews; we identify underpayments in 75% of reviews and have a 98% recovery success rate. All reviews are overseen by a chartered accountant and qualified auditor, and we are a member firm of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, ensuring the highest standards.       

    Employee vs. business owner – what are the pros and cons for you?

    I am incredibly grateful for having the opportunity to own and develop a business. It has provided greater freedom, flexibility and variety of work, particularly during the earlier days where one has to do the job of an entire team. It also teaches you to work around your strengths and weaknesses, and allows full control over your work-life balance. However, it can often be a lonely road, and the ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ are far more pronounced! Nevertheless, it has been an incredibly worthwhile journey!  

    “I hope to leave a more transparent and level playing field in this sector than the one which we started with."

    Best thing about working with your spouse?

    Many people imagine it would be very difficult to work alongside their spouse. However, it has been an experience second to none, and I have found that a journey shared is indeed a journey halved. Among other things, working together has promoted singleness of purpose and vision, while enabling us to use time more effectively.

    However, I think it’s crucial to recognise each other’s strengths, and to relinquish control over areas you know you’re not good at!

    What’s your vision for Accounting for Energy?

    My vision is that AfE will become the leading firm and a household name for renewable energy royalty audits.  I hope to leave a more transparent and level playing field than the one which we started with.   

    City or Country?

    Country! I was born and spend my first eight years in Guyana, the only English speaking country in South America, and home of the world’s tallest waterfall and the Amazon rainforest.

    My late granddad was a pig and cattle farmer, and many of my best childhood memories include the school holidays spent on the farms. Although I currently live in London, I relish every opportunity to visit the countryside, and I particularly enjoy walking (even if only along the River Thames).

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      “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles, Exeter

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    • “Job well done”

       

      Sara James, Durham

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    • “Early non-payment discovered so very happy with outcome”

       

      Martin Roberts, Peterborough

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    • “Excellent service. The review has given me peace of mind”

       

      Tracy Maria, Cumbria

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    • ‘We found the report very thorough and really interesting and were pleased that the payments have been corrected and appreciate your help with this very much’

       

      David Terrence, Devon

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      “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV Land Agent, GSC Grays

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      “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

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      “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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      “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop, Commercial Disputes Solicitor

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      “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones, Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

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      “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have theexpertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon, CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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  • Testimonials


    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles, Exeter

      Share

    • “Job well done”

       

      Sara James, Durham

      Share

    • “Early non-payment discovered so very happy with outcome”

       

      Martin Roberts, Peterborough

      Share

    • “Excellent service. The review has given me peace of mind”

       

      Tracy Maria, Cumbria

      Share

    • “We found the report very thorough and really interesting and were pleased that the payments have been corrected and appreciate your help with this very much”

       

      David Terrence, Devon

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    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV Land Agent, GSC Grays

      Share

    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

      Share

    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share

    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop, Commercial Disputes Solicitor

      Share

    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones, Chartered accountant, solicitor and practising arbitrator

      Share

    • ““I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon, CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share
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    •  

      “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles, Exeter

      Share

    • “Job well done”

       

      Sara James, Durham

      Share

    • “Early non-payment discovered so very happy with outcome”

       

      Martin Roberts, Peterborough

      Share

    • “Excellent service. The review has given me peace of mind”

       

      Tracy Maria, Cumbria

      Share

    • ‘We found the report very thorough and really interesting and were pleased that the payments have been corrected and appreciate your help with this very much’

       

      David Terrence, Devon

      Share

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      “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV Land Agent, GSC Grays

      Share

    •  

      “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

      Share

    •  

      “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share

    •  

      “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop, Commercial Disputes Solicitor

      Share

    •  

      “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones, Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

      Share

    •  

      “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have theexpertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon, CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share
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