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P272 means that all maximum demand meters (profile class 05-08) with an Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) function will need to be settled on actual Half Hourly (HH) consumption data. Half Hourly meters (profile 00) are already settled this way. Currently settlement occurs using an industry-wide forecast that is pre-determined in order to allocate electricity volumes to each supplier.
You will only be affected by P272 if you have an AMR meter and your profile class (PC) is 05-08. If you do not fit these criteria, there will be no impact (give us a call on 0330 0100 251 if you are unsure about anything). However, this might be a good opportunity to examine the deal you are getting and take a look at what other business electricity providers are offering (which we do do in 20 minutes without any obligation).
Measuring on a half-hourly (HH) basis should mean more accurate business electricity bills. Whether this translates to a saving depends upon whether the pre-determined industry-wide forecasts used to estimate your bill underestimate or overestimate your usage (although a meter reading means that you will eventually get an accurate charge).
Perhaps most important for cheaper business energy is the division into two rates, a higher charge day rate and a cheaper evening rate. By moving high consumption to off-peak periods, you can take advantage of the cheapest electricity for business.
This type of clarity encouraged by P272 will allow business electricity suppliers to build up a clear and comprehensive energy profile of your company. Demonstrating optimal energy use could help you negotiate better business electricity tariffs (give us a call on 0330 0100 251 if you want us to check what’s on offer and negotiate on your behalf).
Your AMR meter should already be capable of taking half-hourly (HH) readings so P272 does not mean a new meter. Your AMR should be remotely configured overnight – if a site visit is needed, your business electricity supplier should be in touch to arrange.
All UK business electricity suppliers must be P272 compliant by 1 April 2016. If you are affected, you should contact your supplier to check whether your business electricity tariff will be changed.
More information on business electricity is available on our dedicated page.
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