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DCP161 is a new Ofgem measure that came into effect on 1 April 2018.

If you have Half Hourly (HH) electricity meters and exceed your capacity, you could now be hit with excess capacity charges.

Here’s how we’ll help you to avoid DCP161 penalties:

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    We’ll negotiate your set capacity levels with your energy provider so you’re not hit with high penalty rates come April.


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    We’ll find you the right energy contract for your business.

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    We’ll take away the hassle by sorting it all for you.

What is DCP161?

DCP161 is the new measure introduced by Ofgem which came into force on 1 April 2018.

It is a change to the existing Distribution Connection and Use of System Agreement (DCUSA) that introduces excess capacity charges for those using HH (Half Hourly) electricity supplies who exceed their agreed electricity consumption level.

How will my business be affected by DCP161?

Half-Hourly meters automatically transmit the data back to your power supplier. Therefore, if you don’t negotiate the rate at which you will be charged, your energy provider can charge you extra.

Why is this measure being introduced?

Previously, if a business exceeded its agreed capacity level, no penalty was charged – other than the charge for excess usage at the standard capacity rate. As a result, there was no incentive for business energy users to review their usage and adjust their capacity where it’s needed.

The introduction of DCP161 aims to provide that incentive to make sure that HH electricity users make the proper arrangements to manage usage or arrange the right capacity levels.

How much could I be charged?

The applicable rates will vary by region and voltage, however charges could be as much as two and a half times higher in some cases.

It’s expected that in areas where demand for capacity is high, the costs will reflect this. If a business is regularly exceeding its assigned available capacity this change could increase the overall electricity costs by up to 1-2% or more, depending on the consumption profile.


How you can avoid excess charges as a result of DCP161

At Utilitywise, we’re working with customers that could incur these excess capacity charges to negotiate revised import capacity deals with energy providers. We’re also working with our customers to implement other energy saving measures to reduce demand at peak times to avoid these charges.

Even if you’re not currently a Utilitywise customer we can help you – just get in touch.

Don’t get caught out by DCP161 – Contact us now

Complete and submit this form and a member of our team will call you back.

Not sure if DCP161 affects you?

DCP161 will mean that you’ll be charged as soon as you exceed supply, and you’ll only find out when you get your next bill!

If you’re not sure whether you’re currently on a half-hourly meter, we can check this for you. We’ll take a look at your bill and give you advice based on your circumstances.

If you’re currently moving to a half-hourly meter you’re at risk of your capacity being set automatically at the incorrect level.

Contact us on 0330 303 0231 or submit the form on this page and our energy experts will advise you.

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