Power

Smart meter requirements for business energy savings

25th July 2018
Alex Lynn

UK industrial electricity prices are among the highest in Europe and, in light of this, a number of businesses are taking direct action to reduce their energy consumption. Power quality specialist, REO UK, has published a SlideShare on LinkedIn, which outlines three tips for businesses looking to reduce their energy costs.

Many businesses have integrated smart meters into their facilities to reduce energy costs. The latest SlideShare from REO UK highlights the value of businesses using smart meters to control their energy consumption and what managers need to do to ensure they are used effectively.

Steve Hughes, managing director of REO UK, explained: “While smart metering helps businesses to identify how they can be more conservative with their energy usage, many do not realise that smart metering itself can interfere with power quality. This is because smart systems rely on simultaneous data and energy transfer, which increases the levels of disruptive electromagnetic interference (EMI).

“If left unmanaged, this can affect the accuracy of any data recorded and reduce the reliability of the electrical system. To filter out reactive currents and improve power quality, businesses can use PLC filters like our CNW 161 and CNW 163 filters. Both filters are able to automatically filter signals in the frequency range from 50kHz to 20MHz. This protects the smart meter and helps managers to ensure compliance with the EC Directive 89/336/EEC.”

Smart meters provide businesses with accurate energy monitoring, which can be analysed and assist in helping to reduce a facility’s overall energy usage. Businesses cannot achieve this, however, without protecting their smart meter from poor power quality and the issues that occur as a result.

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