- peak demand management
- off peak power wastage
- power factor improvement analysis
- supply voltage check.
This data is normally available through the retailer or its meter service provider; however this is on only as past usage.
Ideally an output from the meter should be sourced and used as an input into the plant’s internal energy management system. This will then allow demand and use to be monitored and managed in real time.
The output from the meter can be either a direct contact closure pulse for demand control and/or a RS 232/RS 485 interface to interrogate the inbuilt data logger on the meter. The cost of this will vary depending on the features on the installed smart meter. It is best to discuss the available options with the retailer or network provider.