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Gareth Henderson, managing director of Orchard Energy

OFGEM regulation introduces half-hourly energy monitoring

Be ready for new energy consumption regulations, says Orchard Energy

Posted by Stephanie Broad | January 08, 2016 | Sustainability

Orchard Energy is advising the education sector to be prepared ahead of the rollout of new Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (OFGEM) regulations that will significantly affect the way their energy consumption is calculated.

Known as P272, the new regulation is currently undergoing a phased rollout across the energy provision industry that began in November 2015 and is due to be complete by April 2017.

The new regulation will see all energy suppliers introduce more detailed energy usage data - known as half-hourly consumption data (HH data) - when calculating customers’ bills who have a meter profile from S05-S08 and who already have AMR meters in place.

Schools and colleges need to be aware of what the changes mean to ensure that they obtain the best deal on the services associated with the new half-hourly data meter reading system. 

Gareth Henderson, managing director at Orchard Energy, says: “For the many thousands of businesses that will have to switch to half-hourly meters, there are specific agent services and agreements that need to be in place as a requirement of the cost settlement process. These include a Meter Operator Provider and a Data Collector, both of which businesses have the freedom to choose themselves. 

“Instead of automatically renewing their current provider contract under the new regulations, I would urge companies to shop around to ensure that they get the best deal when it comes to their metering services, or make use of the expertise of a specialist energy broker.”

The decision by OFGEM to convert to half-hourly metering will also have its advantages for customers in the education sector, says Henderson. 

“Businesses will be able to gain a more detailed insight into exactly when their power consumption occurs, and take action towards cutting costs,” he said. “For example, reducing energy consumption early in the morning and late in the afternoon is likely to lead to a reduction in their unit rate when they come to negotiate their next contract.”


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