Smart meter installation programme for small businesses launched
Published: 30 August 2019 - Carly Wills
Energy Assets is bringing the benefits of latest generation smart metering (SMETS2) to micro businesses up and down the country.
The company, which specialises in advanced industrial and commercial metering, is now accredited by the Data and Communications Company (DCC) to help energy suppliers target non-domestic sites still eligible for smart meters.
The move coincides with a government impetus to promote the benefits of the technology to this business group following the launch of the new SMETS2 meters, which benefit from improved data and communication systems.
“A survey undertaken last year by Smart Energy GB indicated that seven in ten of all eligible micro businesses were unaware that smart meters could be deployed for business use – and as a result they hadn’t even considered the potential benefits the technology might bring,” said Stewart Love, group commercial director at Energy Assets.
Smart meters enable businesses to benefit from accurate half hourly consumption data, making it easier for them to access the best tariffs, new services and switch more easily to a different energy supplier. Companies no longer need to send manual meter reads – data is logged every half hour and communicated automatically to the energy supplier, ending the era of estimated bills. Smart meters also make it easier to review energy consumption and to spot potentially costly spikes in usage.
Although similar, Automated Meter Reading (AMR) devices and smart meters perform slightly differently and utilise different communications means to deliver data. Like AMR meters, smart meters enable businesses to benefit from accurate half hourly consumption data, making it easier for them to access the best tariffs, new services and switch more easily to a different energy supplier.
Non-domestic smart meters are available to businesses with an annual electricity consumption up to 100,000 KWh and/or an annual gas consumption of up to 293,000KWh.