If you’re on a pass-through contract, you could potentially have greater flexibility to reduce the amount of energy your business uses when those Triad periods land. You take on more risk (i.e., if wholesale prices rise, you’ll be exposed), but you could end up paying less as a result.
Those on fixed contracts might pay a slightly higher rate across their contract if they use lots of electricity during these peak demand periods – to cover the cost of TNUoS.
However, there are other steps you can take to prepare and reduce your electricity Triad charges. These include:
Monitoring and reducing consumption during the winter months: It’s not necessarily the most practical or easiest bit of advice to implement – purely because we never know exactly when an electricity Triad is about to occur.
However, resolving to use less electricity during these months where possible could significantly help reduce the amount you pay for TNUoS at the end of the financial year – whether you’re a high-demand electricity organisation or not.
Implement new operational hours for the winter: For example, if your open and close earlier than you normally would, you could potentially reduce the chances of high energy consumption during a Triad.
Sign-up for Triad warnings on electricity: A form of consultancy offered by some suppliers and other organisations in the energy sector, it’s essentially a forecast of when a Triad period might occur.
Typically, these services analyse a mixture of data from various sources, like the Met Office and the National Grid, to deliver alerts to customers of when a Triad might happen – allowing you to reduce your energy consumption during that particular period.