Continuing from our previous blog, this discussion looks at controlling electrical demand and associated demand costs. Part of the energy management process is to establish a consumption pattern to take full advantage of the premise’s electricity tariff. Clients on ALL demand type tariffs need to make sure they are controlling their electrical peak power demand and energy to minimise electricity costs. Please remember money spent on electricity costs cannot be spent on business opportunities or growing the business.
There are a variety of demand and Time-of-Use demand tariffs comprising:
An example of the demand cost breakdown for small business businesses, in the south-east Queensland electricity network is found at the Energex small business tariff service.
For the large business owner in the same region, an example of breakdown demand costs is found at the Energex large customer tariff service.
Load Reduction – Load Shed – Load Shift
Variable electricity costs are dependent upon electricity consumption patterns and peak power demand. It is industry best practice to have an energy management system for demand type tariff customers. There are three simple ways to reduce the variable energy and peak power demand costs:
For those clients on demand kVA tariff, a permanent option to reduce demand charges is to use power factor optimisation. This method is for another blog.
Please contact Susmet for a Peak Power Demand Control analysis on your site or building premises.
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