Have you checked your Network Capacity Rates recently?  You could be paying too much.

As many companies move to offering more personalised services via digital assistants (Apple: Siri, Microsoft: Cortana and Amazon: Alexa), it’s time to utilise this same technology for energy.  We believe that having your very own digital assistant may just help in keeping on top of all the data you have to track and verify.

So, the ever-helpful Hector was released earlier on in the year (click here).  This month Hector,  is getting set to check network capacity rates for you, and show why they are a very important part of your bill to review.

Network Capacity can make up a significant part of your DUOS Charges – for some customers this can be up to 50%: – the network capacity rate was introduced as a charge for the capacity of energy that you could theoretically consume.  In effect, it’s the maximum amount of energy you could consume in any given half hour.  This is the amount that your Network Provider needs to make available for you. The best analogy we can think of is if you think of a hose pipe of water.  The water passing through the hose is the kWh (usage) and the capacity is the diameter of the hose (kVA, KW), and how much water travels at a single point.  The more water you need at any given time, the bigger the diameter needs to be.  So if you need bigger pipes (or cables in this case) naturally the costs are higher.

Many corporates have taken part in energy reduction strategies to reduce this capacity:- whether that’s LED or more efficient equipment etc, the amount of capacity the building/site needs will have reduced.  So whilst perhaps a year or two ago, you needed 100 Units max capacity, today you might only need 80.

Capacity rates don’t reset themselves, you have to do it: – the supplier or network operator does not naturally reset these rates.  As it’s really a decision for you, the customer.  It may be that you still need those extra capacity units later on, if you plan more energy usage in the building.  But, if you plan never to reach the same capacity levels again, you could very well be overspending on network costs.

It is fairly straight-forward to check whether you needed the capacity that you paid for.  You can simply check your capacity rates for the last year and compare this to the metering data.   If you used less, perhaps you should consider contacting the network operator to reduce capacity, and therefore reduce your bills.

Hector is continually running this calculation on your estate and will let you know when sites look like they could be reset.  You can then review the list of suggested sites, and make an operational call about whether you may/or may not need that excess capacity.

Customers have been going to great lengths to reduce their energy consumption, which ultimately could lead to a much lower capacity requirement.  So best to get checking to see if those bills are higher than they actually should be.

Ready to hear more about our solution? Get in touch with Richard Lewin on 07734906592, richard.lewin@utilidex.com