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Commercial Electricity Meter Installation

Reasons to choose our commercial electricity meter installation service: 

  • FREE meter installation*
  • Complete installation in as little as 2 weeks
  • Bespoke pricing structures available
  • Co-terminus contract end dates available

*When switching to a new electricity contract through us

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Commercial Electricity Meters

Having the correct commercial electricity meter installed is essential to accurate billing and efficiency management. Many companies benefit from switching business electricity alongside installing a new and the correct type of meter for their specific requirements. 

It can be difficult to know what meter is the best fit for your business, and many just stick with a standard electricity meter, but there are much better options for many. 

Your commercial electricity meter installation is free when you switch suppliers with us* 

Do I Need a New Commercial Electricity Meter?

Installing a new business electricity meter is useful for companies moving, renovating, or simply updating an old electricity meter. Our expert connections team will work with you to understand your needs to ensure that accessing meter readings is as easy as possible and you're not overpaying for energy usage.

To get your electricity meter installation started, we just need a few details. Our expert team will be in touch to discuss your new connection as soon as possible.

Your Commercial Electricity Installation

  • 1

    We’ll need some basic details like your business address, your Meter Point Administration Number (MPRN) and contact details

  • 2

    Our connections team will get in touch to go through your requirements and arrange your installation date if you’re happy to proceed

  • 3

    One of our expert installers will arrive on-site to install your new electricity meter within 2 weeks. 

What Is An MPAN Status?

MPAN stands for Meter Point Administration Number and is required for electricity supply. It is used to identify your electricity supply point.

Your MPAN status refers to its’ current state; whether or not your meter is ready for supply or whether work needs to be done for the supply to be accessible. An MPAN status can be in one of four states, disconnected, de-energised, live, and new.

Our table below can help you understand the status of your meter, and what your next steps are to resolve any issues if there are any.

MPAN Status

Definition

Next Steps

Live

Your meter is set up and ready to go. The service cable and fuse are in place and the supply is fully accessible.

Great news! Your next steps are to find the best energy deals for your business.

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Disconnected

Your current MPAN will not be reused as the service cable has been removed. We refer to this status as “Siteworks”, which means you will need to speak to a network operator to arrange a new cable. You will then be booked in with your DNO and given a new MPAN.

Once you have secured a new MPAN, get in touch and we will look at getting a new meter installed at your premises.

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New

A new MPAN has been created, however, it still needs supplementary data like Profile Class and a Meter Time-Switch Code generating. The service cable may not be installed just yet, but it is planned to be.

We refer to this status as “Energised”. Your MPAN can be activated 3-4 weeks before cable installation and we can provide our best energy quotes for meter installation.

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De-Energised

The meter fuse has been removed, despite the service cable still being in place. This means that the supplier has removed the meter from the premise and has updated ECOES to show it as de-energised.

To resolve this you will need to contact the supplier who removed the meter as they will need to contact ECOES to reinstate the electricity meter.

 

How Do I Check My MPAN Status?

Checking your MPAN status before you start your energy comparison journey is critical. It will save you a lot of time and it can clarify if there are any initial steps to take before moving forward.

You need your MPAN when switching energy suppliers or are moving to a new premise, so you can be certain that you will pay for the correct energy supply to your property.

To check your meter status you need to get in touch with your current supplier. Your MPAN can be found on your energy bills or if you have just moved into the property and don’t know who your current supplier is, you can ring the National Grid’s Meter Number Helpline on 0870 608 1524 or enter your postcode into the Energy Networks Find My Operator Checker.

Commercial Electricity Meter Types

There are a few business electricity meters to choose from when it comes to getting one installed. Each meter is designed specifically for different requirements. If you’re unsure about the best electricity meter for your business, our expert connections team are more than happy to advise. 

Standard Meters 

This is the most common type of meter. This meter measures one unit rate against your electricity consumption. The cost is the same for every unit. This type of meter requires you to send a manual reading to your supplier. This technology is quite outdated, and it is often better to use smart meters that automatically send readings to your supplier.

Smart Meters 

These are currently the most popular commercial electricity meters. A smart meter automatically sends readings to your supplier to provide accurate billing. This means you do not need to worry about wasting time sending meter readings.

Half Hourly Meters (HH) 

Half-hourly meters are installed for large businesses to help manage energy usage. They provide in-depth consumption data to help manage usage and send readings to the supplier every 30 minutes. Our team specialise in these meters and offer support and negotiation to source some of the cheapest business electricity prices. 

Multi-Rate Meters 

These types of meters charge different rates depending on the time of day. The cheaper rates are usually charged during off-peak hours. These off-peak hours are typically evenings and weekends. Unit rates during peak hours tend to be more expensive so this would only be suitable for certain types of businesses. 

How Long Does It Take To Install A New Commercial Electricity Meter? 

We aim to install your new meter within 2 weeks. It’s often much quicker but varies from business to business. If you’re having multiple meters fitted, or the building is brand new with a new electricity supply, it can take longer than 2 weeks. Our experts will advise on project timescales whilst we work with you to understand your requirements.

Commercial Electricity Meter FAQs

  • What Information Do I Need To Arrange A New Commercial Electricity Meter?

    We will just need your MPAN number to start the process of installing your new business electricity meter. If you would like to install a new business gas meter at the same time, we will also need your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN).

  • What Is An MPAN Number?

    A Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN), also known as an Electricity Supply Number, is a unique number given to the electricity meter in your business premises. Energy suppliers use this number to decide the rates for your electricity.

    You can read more about MPAN numbers here.

  • What Happens If I Don’t Send Regular Meter Readings?

    This largely depends on the type of meter you have. If you have a standard meter, your business electricity bill will be based on estimates. This can cause several issues. If you’re paying by direct debit and not paying enough, you could be left with a large bill at the end of your contract. On the flip side, if you’re overcharged, it can be a hassle to claim the money back.

    Smart meters avoid this issue by automatically sending consumption directly to the supplier.

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