Many have said that 2016 will set the direction of what is to come over the next decade, something my Utilitywise colleague Jon Ferris and I certainly think is true.
Now we are in February, and the drama of a new year and a new take on everything has stopped (!), we can focus on what is upon us in the here and now and what is ahead.
However, for those of us in the energy sector, 2016 is as yet unclear and still a minefield for many businesses and their approach to energy management. Load shedding and demand response were the buzzwords of last year but the next 11 months seem a bit more uncertain. The introduction of half hourly (HH) settlement due to P272 and more market volatility due to the Electricity Balancing Significant Code Review are the main culprits of the unease.
The big impacts for 2016 as Jon and I see them are:
- P272 is likely to have the biggest impact on small businesses and it will mean that energy bills will be based on what a business actually uses at different times of the day and will reflect the costs associated with supplying power to the business at that time.
- The National Grid is calling on large energy users to shed and shift load to balance the grid and ensure that demand doesn’t exceed supply. But it’s not just the large consumers that can assist, through BeMS controls all consumers have an opportunity to get on board and shift load at high peak times to not only help the National Grid by reducing their demand, but also benefit financially as a result. A kWh shed at these times is worth twice that of any other time of the day.
- For HH billed consumers, load shedding and shifting during the DUoS time bands reaps significant rewards for businesses, as a kWh reduced at these times is worth twice that of any kWh at any other time of day.
What still surprises me is why more businesses aren’t jumping on the bandwagon and implementing load shifting and shedding activities into their energy management campaign. Because in essence, it is simple to cut load at peak times to reduce costs and help the National Grid, plus as a business you can even get paid for that. However, it is imperative that businesses understand policy in order to control energy consumption and facilities.
For businesses 2016 is about getting controls installed and changing behaviour to make P272 work for their business.
t-mac and the energy markets team at Utilitywise are proactively working with building owners and occupiers to highlight the benefits of load shedding and shifting whilst at the same time offering a simple and cost effective solution to put these plans into place; through the installation of the t-mac BeMS.