Don't let kva Availability Catch you Off Guard
With P272 (introduced in 2014) comes a capacity charge that will show up on your energy bills. But what is it, and why does it matter for network providers? We've got the answers to all your questions.
What is Authorised Service Capacity, or kVA level?
Your kVA level is a crucial piece of information when it comes to managing your business's energy costs. It's the amount of power that's reserved from the network to ensure you always have the volume of energy you need. Every site with a half hourly meter has a kVA allowance, which is itemised on your bill as a capacity charge.
It's important to set your kVA level correctly - it should be twice the maximum amount of energy you use during your peak half-hour period.
How do I calculate my site's kVA level?
Your energy supplier will recommend a kVA level for your site based on their calculations. It's important to set the level just above your maximum demand - that's twice the highest consumption you've used in any half-hour period over the past 12 months.
If your kVA level is set too high, you'll be paying more for energy than you actually need. That's why it's important to get it right.
Why is setting the right kVA level so crucial?
Getting your kVA level right is the key to keeping your energy costs under control. If your level is too high, you'll be paying for capacity you don't actually need, and that can add up quickly - especially if you have multiple sites.
With P272, even more businesses will be impacted by capacity charges. That's why it's important to make sure your kVA level is set correctly, so you're not paying more than you have to.
How can I make sure my site's kVA level is correct?
Don't just accept the kVA level your supplier recommends - ask them to show you how they calculated it. Your kVA level should be set just above your maximum demand peak, so you're not paying for capacity you don't need.
If you're not sure how to interrogate your kVA level or where it should be set, don't worry - we're here to help. Contact us today for expert advice and guidance.