A Triad and tested solution to your TNUoS costs

A Triad and tested solution to your TNUoS costs

The annual Triad season runs from 1 November to the end of February. It represents one of the most important areas of demand management for energy users.

National Grid will be using peak demand data to calculate how much energy users should pay in transmission charges as part of the Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) scheme. To avoid higher costs you can undertake Triad avoidance. This involves managing your demand consumption during a particular period to lower your charges.

What is a Triad?

Triads are the three half-hour periods with the highest demand between 1 November and the end of February, identified by National Grid. Each Triad must be separated by at least 10 days. This means consecutive days of high demand won’t result in multiple Triads. Businesses that reduce their usage during these high demand points will lower their future costs.

How do businesses know when to act?

Forecasting the Triads is dependent on a wide range of different factors. Our Triad Alert Service monitors different influencers to predict the likelihood of any particular day being a Triad and automatically sends that information promptly to our clients. These businesses can then take informed action to avoid high usage during these more costly half-hour periods, while minimising disruption to their everyday activity. Our daily report can help you plan ahead with an overview of the next 14 days alongside a long-term winter outlook.

Find out more about our Triad Alert service here.

Why choose Utilitywise?

We have helped hundreds of clients avoid these transmission costs by providing them with the tools needed, giving Utilitywise an enviable track record in Triad prediction.

We called alerts on all three of last winter’s Triad dates and issued only 10 Red Alerts during the entire season. For those that took action, demand was cut by an average of 20% compared to standard winter peak-period half-hour consumption. This resulted in significant average cost savings of nearly £60,000. Find out more here.

Of course, calling an alert every weekday would generate a 100% success rate but we recognise the negative impact this could have on businesses – we won’t cry wolf. Organisations would incur major damage to revenues if required to turn down their production each day for 4 months ‘just in case’, so we aim to provide as few alerts as possible. In contrast, one the ‘Big Six’ suppliers called 23 alerts. We’re continuously improving our methods; the number of alerts we called overall last season was down by almost 30% from the previous year.

Take control and lower your costs

By forecasting when Triads will occur, we empower our clients to take control of their consumption and reduce their energy use in order to avoid higher Triad-related charges.

To find out more about Triads and the service we offer, catch up on our Triad webinar here.

Respond to Triads with Intelligent Building Controls

Businesses can respond simply by reducing demand during that time or by load-shifting. Load-shifting involves moving the most energy-intensive tasks of the day to a time when it’s less likely that a Triad will occur, for example early in the morning. Load-shifting means firms can avoid Triads without reducing their overall daily energy use. Building controls make it easier to shift and manage load to minimise the impact of Triads. Click here to learn more about our Intelligent Building Controls solutions.

Ross Moffat

Posted by on Thursday, the 5. October at 12.23

Ross Moffat has been a part of the Market Intelligence team at Utilitywise since early 2014. His responsibilities include delivering Market Intelligence reports to clients and managing the Utility Insights Twitter account. Ross has a first class Honours degree in Business and Marketing from the University of Stirling.