Thursday, 12 May 2011

35% increase in Electricity prices

The increasing cost of energy became all too apparent to me this morning. At our London home I received a notice from EDF Energy (Electricite De France) telling us they were increasing the monthly direct debit by 35% over the previous payments. We've actually decreased our power usage by about 5% year on year and we normally have a credit amount at the quarterly settlement. While it may be get a temporary easement by switching to another supplier it show which way the wind is blowing and makes a total mockery of any annual inflation figures announced  by the Governor of the Bank of England.



Industry and business must be facing similar increases so the pressure to save on operational electricity bills. There are plenty of technologies which can assist that process, including those which allow you to remotely control the power down of PCs. An important part of the planning process is to accurately meter the usage of power. Once you know the baseline it is the possible to consider risk assessed power usage reduction measures. Blindly switching off equipment without considering the overall impact can prove to be very expensive.



We usually take a power clamp meter with us when we first visit a data centre. We are no longer surprised when we find sites where the operations manager has no clear idea of power usage per equipment cabinet. They would become more focussed if the power bill was part of their budget.

6 comments:

  1. Hello. I am working on a uni project about EDF Energy and would you mind to tell me if this increasing cost of energy triggers you to shift to another supplier, or the service you get from EDF is fine and enough to stick to your current supplier?
    Thanks

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  2. Hi Nilay,
    I doubt I'll change because sooner or later other suppliers are bound to have similar increases. I say bring on thorium based nuclear power! It's cleaner and cheaper than uranium/plutonium nuclear power.
    Oaksys

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  3. True :) Can I also ask what was the main reason for you to choose the EDF energy at the first place? And what exactly would make you shift to another supplier? Would any advertising or PR campaigns have an influence on you?

    Kind Regards
    Nilay

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  4. EDF were the supplier (London Electricity) when we moved into the house 28 years ago. PR campaigns have no effect other than negative. For example dubious people arriving at the front door offering "cheap" solutions when they are clearly commission driven.
    We'd move suppler if we had consistently poor customer service from EDF. In the long run power prices are not much different from alternate suppliers for the retail consumer.

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  5. Thank you very much for the useful feedback.
    It really helped.

    Kind Regards
    Nilay

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  6. There were some comments but they appear to have been lost in a Blogger/Google SNAFU

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