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11 Oct

What is a Half Hourly Electricity Meter?

by Simon Thompson
 

A half hourly electricity meter is a special meter that relies on Automatic Meter Reading (AMR) technology to provide businesses and energy suppliers with more accurate electricity readings. The system utilises a fixed line that sends updated meter readings from the business to the energy supplier every half hour.

This means that half hourly electricity tariffs tend to be cheaper as billing is more accurate thanks to the fully automated remote reading of the meter on a regular basis, so there is no need for estimation.

The other benefit half hourly electricity brings to businesses, is that business owners can request their consumption data from their energy supplier. By using this to review their energy usage throughout the day, they can work towards operating more efficiently by reducing their operational energy usage overall.

Does my business need a half hourly electricity meter?

Half hourly electricity meters are compulsory for businesses who use 100kw of electricity or more. If your business has usage of 70kw of electricity or more than you can request to have a half hourly meter fitted by your business electricity supplier.

If you have recently moved to new business premises and want to find out if the premises have a half hourly meter fitted already it is easy to discover this. Just check the last energy bill sent by the supplier – if it contains a number starting with 00 in the top left then there is already a half hourly meter fitted.

How does half hourly electricity billing differ from regular billing?

Thanks to the fact that your energy supplier will be getting regular meter readings from your premises, you should find that your half hourly electricity bill is better tailored to your requirements and usage. This is because your usage data is much more accurate and so it eliminates the need for estimated bills, which is what usually happens when there isn’t a half hourly electricity meter installed.

P272 Mandatory Half Hourly Meter Changes

From April 2017, all businesses who are supplied as 05, 06, 07, or 08 class and who have an advanced meter capable of recording half hourly consumption data are no longer settled against a Non-Half Hourly read, instead, they are settled using a Half Hourly read using Half Hourly data.

These changes were introduced as part of an OFGEM-backed revision named P272 which requires all of the aforementioned meters to switch via a Change of Management Class (COMC) to a half hourly meter.

We have this article has helped you understand a little more about half hourly electricity and how it can benefit businesses. If you would like your own half hourly electricity quote then please get in touch with the D-ENERGi team.