Excess Capacity Charges are due to Change | DCP 161
What is DCP 161?
Prior to the introduction of DCP161, if a half hourly supply exceeded the designated available capacity there was no penalty, other than an excess capacity charge imposed by the supplier. To mitigate against higher DUOS charges, consumers often benefited by setting the capacity level to much lower than their maximum therefore only ever paying from what they used. Prior to April, the local DNO (Distribution Network Operator) picked up the charges for exceeding this limit, but now due to this change will be able to recover the additional costs.
How much more will I have to pay?
Should the assigned capacity be regularly breached, the introduction of DCP161 has the potential to increase overall electricity costs by up to 1-2% or more, depending on the consumption profile of the supply.
The P272 Issue:
To avoid usage exceeding capacity levels it is essential to understand the available capacity and maximum demand levels of these supplies. Any sites that are incurring excess capacity charges will need to agree a revised capacity or take energy saving measures to reduce their maximum demand.
How can Nationwide Utilities help?
Our Energy Analyst team will review your electricity capacity to make sure you’re not paying over the odds.