Power and energy monitoring systems that are suitable for businesses, educational establishments and government buildings are now available and provide an effective means of reducing consumption and reducing the liability of carbon taxes.
The UK is shortly to experience several major changes in the way energy is used and charged for. The main driver for this change is the looming Energy Gap that’s likely to appear from 2025 and will last for several years until new gas/nuclear plants come on stream. Various Gap estimates have been provided from a best case 2% spread between grid capacity and demand, to a worst case 10% shortage which will lead to blackouts.
Increasing Utility Cost
Utility companies are introducing new and complex energy tariffs in order to offset increased costs, manage newly limited energy supplies, and meet increased demand. This shift will cause your energy costs to skyrocket if left unaddressed. Simply stated, energy costs are no longer just about how much you use, but about how well, how fast and when you use it. A new way of performing demand management is needed to manage your energy costs. This can only be accomplished through a radically new method of advanced metering to examine your energy use at an unprecedented level.
Benefits of Power and Energy Management
- Reduce energy and operational costs
- Improve power and equipment reliability
- Optimise operations
- Increase system capacity
- Minimise expensive downtime
- Meet sustainability goals
- Improve productivity
Monitor and Manage
The power and energy monitoring systems we provide are suitable for offices, factories, schools, shared offices, leisure facilities, server rooms, data centres, co-location facilities and warehouses. Power and energy management systems can be retro-fitted in existing buildings or incorporated into new builds.
Most energy monitoring naturally evolve into energy management. After all, it’s only logical that once you understand your usage patterns, which of the individual machines in your facility are the heaviest consumers, how your consumption fluctuates, and what types of changes are needed, you will want to automate and control these things to make your business more energy efficient.
Doing everything you can to improve energy efficiency and minimise waste is crucial. And no matter what type of facility you have, power is critical to your operation. Unplanned outages, equipment glitches, and poor power quality can cost you daily.
Having the proper power and energy management system in place can help you reduce costs, improve operational efficiency, and meet sustainability goals.
Recommended power and energy management technology
APC provides a wide array of power distribution solutions for your IT environment. APCs standardised PDUs are designed to increase the manageability and efficiency of your data centre.
Award-winning EcoStruxure Power Monitoring Expert is designed to help power-critical and energy-intensive facilities maximize uptime and operational efficiency.
Typical power quality issues – What to look out for
- Flickering and blinking lights
- Transformer issues, such as noise, extra hot, or premature failure
- Panels, neutral wiring, and other distribution equipment running hot
- Printed circuit board failures in drives, PLCs, industrial PC, etc.
- Breaker trip and drive shutdown
- Premature motor failure and unexpected equipment shutdown
- Contactors dropping out
- Poor network communications
- Higher utility bills
- Poor power factor
- Low system capacity