Smart metering & monitoring

Energy monitoring & targeting

Energy monitoring and targeting (M&T) is essential for good energy management: if you can measure it, you can monitor it; if you can monitor it, you can manage it.

As a general rule, something that is properly managed will run more efficiently and that leads to reduced consumption and lower business energy spend. We use a proven method that can effectively help your business to manage energy and achieve energy efficiency.

Objectives and results

• Establish historic energy consumption patterns
• Compare current energy consumption with historical data/benchmarks
• Set future energy targets
• Compare actual energy consumption with targets
• Identify trends in energy consumption.

Benefits 

• Understand usage patterns
• Identify peak usage times
• Identify high users or leaks
• Early identification of energy wasting
• Introduce energy efficiency measures and obtain funding for them
• Keep track of your utility supplier, asset and site data

Compare current energy consumption

We break the energy monitoring and targeting process down into four steps:

Energy Data Collection

The first step to accurate monitoring and targeting is ensuring that your building has a reliable metering and sub-metering system, and that the utility meters are Automated Meter Reading (AMR). We can then collect your half-hourly data from the main meters within the building, and conduct an accurate and in-depth consumption analysis.

Energy Monitoring & Analysis

Once your AMR sub-metering is in place, our second step is to collect the consumption data and send it to a special energy monitoring and targeting (M&T) software. To be able to reap the benefits from energy monitoring and targeting, you need to constantly monitor and analyse your consumption data with the help of the M&T package to identify possible energy savings.

Energy Reporting

The third step in energy monitoring and targeting is using the data from the M&T software to compile an energy report for your organisation. Our energy consultants have saved our clients considerable amounts of time by producing bespoke monthly energy reports.

Business Energy Targets

Energy targeting is a dynamic process and requires on-going monitoring with clear, measurable targets. Your business energy targets need to be able to evolve and be both realistic and achievable. Consider any likely savings from your improvements in 'good housekeeping', maintenance and other energy initiatives.

Smarter monitoring with smart metering

Smarter monitoring with smart metering

We offer a service for reading your AMR/smart meters to see how and when you use energy. We collect and present all your data in a way that will help you save on your energy bills.

We recommend that you have AMR meters installed as they will significantly improve your energy monitoring and targeting. Real-time data based on actual usage, rather than on estimates, improves your budgeting both short and long term, not to mention the energy cost and consumption savings you will gain.

Our smart metering service is brought to you in association with Stark, an Elexon accredited Data Collector/Data Aggregator for Half-Hourly and Non-Half Hourly electricity and an ASPCoP accredited gas meter reader.

Remaining compliant is one thing, but automatic meter readings can provide more data than merely a numerical reading, enabling your supplier to provide accurate bills. All metering carries a cost which is paid through your bill or, in the case of existing half hourly supplies, through a meter operator agreement or MOP.

Our smart metering solution allows you to:

• View and analyse all consumption data – electricity, gas or water
• View all your data and reports in a wide variety of graphical and tabular formats
• Find out where, how much and when an organisation is using energy – across all utilities
• Create budgets and consumption/efficiency targets for every site
• Use multi-site comparison reports to motivate and engage your staff in energy efficiency measures
• Receive alerts when you exceed the predetermined consumption levels

With regards to the metering costs, we have group purchasing agreements in place to keep costs down. We will make agreements for a Meter Operator (MOP) and associated Data Collection and Date Aggregation services with you. Data collection and Aggregation may either be part of the MOP, or a stand-alone arrangement. Appointing your own meter operator gives you full control over utility costs. In addition, you have independent and uninterrupted access to your consumption data.

Smart Metering with Stark

Take full control of your costs with our smart metering and monitoring service

AMR and smart meters in brief

The AMR (Automatic Meter Reading), long applied to half hourly supplies, will become obligatory across all classes of electricity meters by 2020.

As of March 2018, there were 10.06 million smart meters operating across the UK. Over 10 million of these are installed in domestic properties, with the rest in businesses, so it’s clear to see that the rollout is in full swing. Energy suppliers are tending to lean more towards installing electricity meters over gas meters, meaning that the respective smart meter figures were 5,599,600 and 4,189,900 for the end of March.

The smart meter rollout in the UK has involved two types of meters, SMETS1 and SMETS2. SMETS stands for Smart Metering Equipment Technical Specifications. By the end of 2017, SMETS2 meters began to be introduced instead.

Commercial customers whose supplies have been transitioned to Half Hourly (HH) status under the Ofgem regulation P272 were the first undergo these changes. Under this programme all supplies with profile classes 05 to 08 (the first two digits of the 21-digit supply reference, or MPAN, that appears in a two-tier rectangular grid on your bill) should by now have undergone a so-called change of measurement class and now be prefixed 00.

Contact us for a free consultation and find out how we can help you