Metering and data collection

Last updated: 26th January 2022

With the rollout of initiatives to tackle climate change, net zero and renewable energy, monitoring energy usage is becoming increasingly important and is the key to identifying and reducing energy waste. It is all about visualising your data - the more detail you have, the easier it will be for you to spot an issue and take action.

What is metering and data collection?

For Half-Hourly metered electricity supplies having agents appointed as Meter Operator (MOP) and Data Collector (DC) is a mandatory requirement. A MOP supplies, installs and maintains the physical meter and communication link, whereas the DC’s role is to collect and distribute consumption data to your supplier. MOP and DC services can be provided by either the same or different parties.

Getting your metering and data collection services set up correctly has the potential to save you money, not just by helping you understand and reduce waste usage but also by reducing the actual cost of these services.

If you don’t know how much you are currently paying for MOP and DC services or have a direct agreement that you signed some time ago, chances are that you are paying more than you should be and there will be a financial benefit.

Do I have to allow my supplier to do this on my behalf?

The simple answer is no. You are free to enter into a direct MOP and DC agreement with a provider of your choice, rather than allowing your energy supplier to do so on your behalf. Depending on supplier, default charges for them to appoint agents on your behalf can be very punitive.

Working with clients that adopt our recommendation to sign direct MOP and DC agreements, we provide them with detailed consumption reports and access to visibility of data via our online portal.

They are able to set up exception reports which will allow them to pick up on anomalies as soon as possible, identifying areas of wasted energy to make savings and be sure they are doing their bit for energy efficiency and the environment.

N.B. The information contained in this entry is provided by the above supplier, and does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the publisher

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