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Reduce energy costs and increase load capacity with ABB’s power factor correction solutions

Inductive loads such as motors, pumps and fans can cause your site's supply power factor to drop, reducing the amount of the power supplied that you can effectively use and potentially leading to financial penalties from your utility.

DCP161 and excess capacity charges

The need for commercial and industrial businesses to pay attention to power factor has become even more important with DCP161, a new measure by Ofgem that came into force on April 2018. Many users with half-hourly (HH) metered supplies are now finding unpleasant surprises in their utility bills. Because DCP161 imposes significant excess capacity charges on any site that exceeds its agreed electricity consumption level.

Make the most of your site's electrical capacity

As well as saving electricity costs and reducing CO2 emissions, power factor control (PFC) equipment can also free up capacity for additional loads, avoiding the need for major investments in new electrical connections.

How to avoid excess charges under DCP161

Until DCP161, you will not have been penalized for exceeding your agreed consumption level. But with DCP161 you could be paying double or even more.

So what can you do to avoid excess charges under DCP161?

The first step is to check your site’s power factor (PF). It should be close to 1. In any case it should not be lower than 0.95. Generally, a low power factor is one of the main factors in a site exceeding its agreed consumption level.

This is where ABB can help. Because we offer a free, no-obligation site survey that will determine exactly what your PF is.

If your PF is low, then we can work with you to remedy the situation. In some cases, there might be existing power factor correction (PFC) equipment that is simply in need of some care and maintenance. If new equipment is required, then we can design and install the ideal PFC solution for your specific needs.

Whatever action we take, the outcome is the same – we can boost your PF to the industry standard level.

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Unit 6, Riverview Business Park
Riverview Road
CH62 3RR

Purpose-built location

ABB’s purpose-built facility at Bromborough on the Wirral Peninsular in Merseyside enables us to provide a fast response PFC service across the UK and has the flexibility and capability for custom project development work.