Each year, the Triad season represents the most important period for energy demand management. The season runs from 1 November to the end of February on an annual basis. If you can shift or reduce your energy usage during just three half hour periods you could save up to tens of thousands of pounds on your energy bill. The challenge is identifying the 1.5 hours out these four months that will be the Triads; the challenge we rose to in the 2017/18 season by correctly identifying all three Triads, issuing only nine Red Alerts to our clients.
What are Triads?
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. The purpose of the Triads is to de-incentivise peak demand power usage, to reduce the magnitude of the peaks in demand.
Who is affected by Triads?
The only customers affected by Triads – and, therefore, those who should be responding to our Triad Alerts – are those on a Half-Hourly (HH) Energy Only (or Pass-through) contract.
Energy Only contracts provide greater transparency by separating the cost of energy from the cost of delivery. As a result, the distribution and transmission costs are passed-through and can change throughout the lifetime of the contract.
Businesses are therefore able to adapt their usage during the Triad period, by shifting or reducing their energy consumption, to lower their future Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) charges.
Who doesn’t need to worry about Triads?
TNUoS charges for all-inclusive HH contracts and Non-Half-Hourly (NHH) contracts are not invoiced separately, as the costs are included in the unit rates. Customers are not able to influence their transmission charges and, as a result, are not affected by Triads.
Will Triads affect your business energy bills?
To find out, you first need to identify the Profile Class of your meters.
Triad avoidance with Utilitywise
The Utilitywise Triad Alert Service issues daily alerts on the likelihood of each day being a Triad, helping you to determine whether or not to take action each day to avoid higher Triad charges. Our service monitors different influencers to predict the likelihood of any particular day being a Triad and automatically sends that information promptly to our clients. Businesses can then take informed action to avoid high usage during these more costly half-hour periods, while minimising disruption to their everyday activity.
When linked with IoT-enabled Intelligent Building Controls, Triad avoidance is easy. We can revolutionise the way your run your business by optimising your sites with the next generation of Intelligent Building Controls. Our mix of building management, energy market, and energy engineering expertise is the perfect blend of skills to turn raw data into actionable insights.
Our in-house Energy Analysts are able to accurately predict Triads. During the winter of 2017/18 we hit all three Triad periods issuing only 9 red ‘Take action now’ alerts.
We can feed this intelligence directly into our controls software to ensure clients can use that insight to make savings – whether that be automatically or via alerts to make manual interventions.
To find out more about our Triad Alert service visit our website, or call us on 01527 511 757.