Just as the television networks in the United States price advertising air time based on peak viewer numbers during four “Sweeps Weeks” annually, the UK’s utilities impose a transmission fee based on a commercial or industrial ratepayer’s peak power usage during “Triads”— three half hours during the winter months. As summer ends and Triads approach, npower, an electricity provider to the U.K. business market, is advising large energy users to start planning their winter energy management strategy.
Each year, Triads, are “called” by the National Grid between the months of November and February—usually around 5 to 6 PM during cold weather spells, when industrial demand coincides with the high domestic tea-time period. The demand during the three half-hour monitoring periods is used to set Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS
) fees, which can be part of energy bills.
Many times, Triads can catch customers unaware and unprepared. However, Worcester, England-based npower offers a free Triad Warning Service to customers—issuing a prediction of when a Triad period is likely to occur a day in advance so that businesses can make an informed choice on how to manage their consumption and reduce the impact of National Grid fees. Businesses can estimate how much they could save by responding to Triad warnings using npower’s free Triad savings calculator tool.
Wayne Mitchell, npower's industrial and commercial markets director, commented, "We're always working to help businesses take control of their energy costs, and planning to manage Triads is a key part of an integrated energy strategy. [Our company] not only issues Triad warnings a day in advance, to enable businesses to incorporate any measures into their usual energy management plans, but our online savings calculator can also help businesses work out the cost benefits of signing up to the warning service.”
Mitchell added, "Npower has offered a triad warning service for over 15 years and has an excellent track record for accuracy. We would urge businesses to sign up as soon as possible, so they have the alerts in place before the cold weather begins. Only then they will be able to take full advantage of the benefits offered."
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo