DCP228 – why ignorance isn’t bliss   

Although it seems to have passed under the radar of some organisations, the new DCP228 regulation is set to have a significant impact for many. Therefore, now is the time to act in order to avoid any nasty surprises and mitigate its impact.


Time is of the essence


DCP228 alters the way electricity distribution companies calculate Distribution Use of System (DUoS) charges with the aim of improving cost transparency. The DUoS charges cover the cost of installation, operation and maintenance of the regional distribution networks and operate using a red, amber and green banding system for different time zones.


Prior to DCP228, the DUoS structure was heavily weighted towards the early evening period and charges in the red band (peak) period were much higher than charges during either amber or green (non-peak). It was suggested that this sent the wrong investment signals for distribution companies, which wanted costs to be spread more equally across the day and a more balanced charging system.


With the introduction of DCP228 many businesses, especially those with half hourly meters, will experience a rise in energy costs, although those with high use at peak times could possibly see a small decrease on their electricity bills.


Take action


With DCP228, the focus shifts from load management to energy management and energy efficiency measures The best way to mitigate additional charges is your BEMS, which can be optimised and configured to minimise the HVAC plant use during the day, without adversely affecting occupancy comfort conditions or operational effectiveness. The vital first step is to monitor the energy consumption using the half hourly data throughout the day - and then to identify the areas, processes and plant items that are high consumers of energy.

Once the investigation work is complete, it is then possible to devise a control strategy that will identify how to maintain comfort conditions whilst lowering, or even turning off, certain elements of the building services infrastructure via the BEMS thus minimising the cost of electricity and subsequent DUoS charges.


In summary


DCP228 is an unwelcome development for most businesses but, by acting quickly, positive steps can be taken to limit its effect and develop a strategy to achieve significant cost and energy savings.


It’s another reason why Trend BEMS are at the forefront of the drive towards greater energy efficiency, helping to provide cost savings and environmental benefits that make a genuine difference to the bottom line.


Contact Yasar Butt today to find out more about these energy regulation changes and how to best minimise their effect on your business. Yasar.butt@trendcontrols.com


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Published  on  31/07/2018  by  James Tate
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