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Connection Level

Review gas and electricity contracts to make sure your business is tied into the lowest cost connection level agreement.     Read More

Live Power Readings

Provide your facilities team with access to live power readings so that load can be better managed.     Read More

SmartPower Controls

The Echelon SmartServer, a versatile controller and gateway with integrated Web server is used as the SmartPower Controller. It provides an open platform for easy integration of local equipment, IP-enabled systems, and web-services.     Read More

Contract Reviews

Provide an independent review and contract suggestions for paybacks on ESCOs or energy saving capital projects; including wind turbines, led lighting retrofits and solar photovoltaic panels.     Read More

Procurement Group

Assist your business with Electricity and Gas Procurement. Each quotation is compared using client ½ hourly meter data to historical wholesale costs. This allows for very clear and simple mark-up analysis. We also provide daily gas price updates on the forward markets, so that gas & electricity prices can be hedged forward at competitive rates, saving even more.     Read More

CHP Optimisation

For CHP (Combined Heat & Power) owners, access market information to optimise run hours so that power is imported (purchased) when the import cost is lower than the running costs of the generator, and if there is an export potential, then better returns can be invariably be obtained using a time of day tariff model.     Read More

Welcome to SmartPower

  • Review current contracts to make sure your business is tied into the lowest cost connection level agreement.
  • Provide your facilities team with access to live power readings so that load can be better managed.
  • Make comparisons between tracker and fixed electricity tariffs more transparent, so better procurement decisions are made.
  • Provide daily/hour gas price updates on the forward markets, so that gas & electricity prices can be hedged forward at competitive rates.
  • Schedule load to use lowest priced times and switch off non-critical load during high cost periods.
  • Allow a (non-critical) portion of the electricity profile to be switched off or an on-site generator started remotely by the National Grid (via an aggegrator known as a Demand Side Unit) and receive capacity payments in compensation. This is also applicable to sites with a Diesel Generator.
  • Provide an independent review and paybacks of energy saving capital projects, including wind turbines, led lighting retrofits and solar photovoltaic panels.
  • For CHP (Combined Heat & Power) owners, access market information to optimise run hours so that power is imported (purchased) when the import cost is lower than the running costs of the generator, and if there is an export potential, then better returns can be invariably be obtained using a time of day tariff model.
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Advantages of Combined Heat and Power

Combined Heat and Power(CHP) refers to the simultaneous generation of electricity and useful heat from the same original heat source, normally natural gas. A generator driven by a gas engine generates electricity but while doing so the engine radiator also produces heat that can be used directly for heating purposes. The capability to generate energy locally rather than in a remote power station, means there are no network transmission losses (normally charged at 9% for a low voltage site) and the heat by-product is effectively free, as the costs for CHP fuel and maintenance are generally fully covered by the electricity savings. A CHP plant offers particularly attractive paybacks when connected to a Low Voltage (400V) site, this is because between 8am and 11pm much higher electricity transportation charges and losses are added over and above charges to a Medium Voltage (10 or 20 kV) site.

When coupled with a SmartPower management system, paybacks of the order of just over 2 years are possible. e.g. € 350,000 capital cost, € 140,000 annual profit after gas and maintenance.     Read More

Carbon Tax for High Efficiency CHP units

The Irish Government announced an increase in the rate of carbon tax levied on all natural gas customers in the December 2011 budget. From May 1st 2012, the rate charged per tonne of CO2 increased from €15 per tonne to €20 per tonne. This means that the carbon rate charged for natural gas customers increased from €0.00277 to €0.00370 per kWh (ex VAT). Exemptions from carbon tax continue for some large commercial users (e.g. power stations).

Following the European Directive 2004/8/EC, the government chose to use partial carbon tax relief as the methodology to of supporting environmentally friendly heat and power cogeneration, provided that minimum efficiency levels are met. The reduced carbon tax will be charged at a rate of €0.00054 per kWh (ex VAT) on the portion of gas used by the cogeneration plant not by the entire site. This will give an approximate 10% saving on the CHP energy portion of a gas bill. The tax is not back dated so it is imperative to complete and submit the application as soon as possible. The Dept. of Finance has designated the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) as the competent body with the authority to decide which installations meet the directive requirements. The AEA (www.aeat.com) has been appointed by CER to assess and validate HE CHP installations in Ireland. A summary of these requirements for the most common type of CHP .....     Read More

Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP)

Locational Marginal Pricing (LMP) was proposed by the CER prior to the introduction of the Single Electricity Market (SEM) but because of reasons of complexity it was not used. This article describes was could have been.     Read More

FREE trail of our daily market report

We’re offering a FREE trail of our daily market report. This report highlights the 4 highest and lowest priced 30 min periods in the next 36 hours, which can be used to schedule/ move YOUR electricity usage activity towards lower cost limes. It uses plain text, which means it can be easily read on an smart phone. Simply email us back and we’ll add you to the list. Send an email to info@smartpower.ie and we'll add you to the list.     Read More

Redesign of Website

We've reorganised the website to be easier to navigate. "Market bid prices" now feature the most common business tariff make-ups, as well as the bid prices and dispatch instructions for the major power stations in Ireland.

Perhaps one of the most interesting aspects of the site is the new blog section. We will be including a smorgasbord of different blog entries here, from articles about how to save carbon tax, experiments with Raspberry Pi, to GSM and radio links, occasional educational article about physics, energy and electricity.

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What is Electricity

Electricity is a form of pure energy. The electricity that you are using now to power your computer so that you can read this has been made a few milliseconds ago in a power station or a wind turbine. It is the job of the national grid to balance the amount of power that is being consumed with the amount being generated. Sometimes a fault in a power station causes it to shut down suddenly, if this happens then there is less electricity being generated and the electricity being delivered to each user losses some of its power, until the generation can be replaced. This manifests in a lower grid frequency and voltage level, and sometimes this causes a short term spike in the wholesale market price. This blog entry also explains voltage and current.     Read More

Introduction to SmartPower

Businesses in Ireland can purchase electricity on tariffs that track the wholesale electricity market. Prices change every 30 minutes and vary typically by a factor of ten from highest to lowest cost in any given day. These “tracker tariffs” normally offer good value to customers as there is no risk premium built in to hedge against a changing market.     Read More