Explanation of Demand
Many Commercial Customers are billed on rates that provide for a capacity charge.
A capacity charge represents the demand of the average rate of consumption of electric power used by the customer, measured in kilowatts, during any one 15-minute interval throughout a billing cycle.
When a demand meter is required
- Commercial and Industrial customers have a sporadic requirement for electricity and are such that the demand needs to be measured.
- Commercial and Industrial customers require a great amount of power, not necessariliy for a long period of time. However, power has to be available when needed. Thus we measure the ability to provide on demand.
How demand is calculated
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How can I decrease my demand charge?
- Make sure your equipment is correctly sized for the task at hand.
- Make sure worn equipment is repaired.
- Stagger your usage. (i.e) Turn on one machine, wait twenty minutes and then turn on the next machine.
The electric meter records use in watt-hours. Your electric bill is based on how many kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity are used during the billing period.
- An electric meter is a continuous measuring device.
- To calculate the amount of energy used during a particular period (a day, a week or a month), subtract the read taken at the beginning of the period from the reading at the end of the period.
- This is similar to what you would do with your car's odometer to figure the length of a trip. The difference will be the total energy you have used.
- While some meters are digital, most meters have four or five dials.
- The dials move alternately in clockwise and counterclockwise fashion.
- When a hand on a dial is between numbers, always use the smaller number (remembering to use 9 when the hand is between 9 and 0).
Example meter dials are shown below to clarify how a meter is read: