Ensuring your available supply capacity is appropriate ensures consistency of supply without overpaying for excess kVA
Reducing your Available Supply Capacity
Distribution costs make up between 25-30% of overall electricity costs. They are oftenpass through costs invoiced by your Electricity Supplier and depend on the location and size of the site, as well as the Available Supply Capacity.
Sometimes when you move into a site, you may be paying for more capacity than you need, as this is what was agreed with the previous tenant.
With Capacity Matching Projects from Utilities Savings, ensuring the electricity connection arrangements with your distributor are appropriate for your requirements significant cost savings can be made.
Increasing your Available Supply Capacity
On the other side of the coin is the need to increase your kVa. Companies often make the mistake of purchasing new machinery or equipment without ensuring they have enough available capacity to cover it. Commonly this happens with new air conditioning systems, or factory machinery.
If you significantly increases the amount of power you draw from the grid, you should always make sure your kVa allowance has been arranged in advance with your network operator, or you will most likely be charged excess capacity charges by your DNO.
What does Available Supply Capacity mean?
The Available Supply Capacity (ASC) refers to the amount of electricity that the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) is required to make available for your site. Essentially, it is the maximum electricity you can draw from the grid at any one moment.
Available Supply Capacity is measured in Kilo Volt Amperes (kVa), and for half-hourly metered sites is charged on a monthly basis as a standing charge. Any site with a requirement of 100 kVa should be half-hourly metered.