Frequently Asked Questions

It can be difficult to understand the meaning of an abbreviation or acronym unless you understand the context or have used the full unabbreviated words.

We’ve been working in the energy sector for so long that we’re experts in its acronyms and abbreviations and whilst we might know the meaning of CCL and ESOS, not everyone else will, so we have listed our top 20.

  1. MPAN: “Meter Point Administration Number” Sometimes referred to as “Supply number” or “S number” –a unique identifier for electricity supply in the UK consisting of 13 numeric digits
  2. MPR: “Meter Point Reference”- this refers to the unique identifier for gas in the UK and can consist of 6-10 numeric digits, however it can sometimes be proceeded by the letter “M”
  3. SPID: “Service Profile Identifier” – this is a unique identifier for water supply in the UK. There can be 2 SPID per site – one is for your water connection (W) and one for your waste/sewerage (S)
  4. ESOS: “Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme” Read our blog about ESOS and how this affects your business
  5. SECR: “Standardised Energy and Carbon Reporting” this policy was implemented by the government on 1st April 2019 – how does SECR affect your business?
  6. RO: “Renewables Obligation” – a government levy for electricity users – this can be a pass through cost or be part of a fully fixed energy supply contract. Our blog on RO covers this in more detail
  7. FIT: “Feed in Tariff” – UK tax on electricity to contribute towards renewables
  8. CRC(EES): “Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme”- Legislation for large energy users to commit to reducing their carbon output. April 2019 this will be replaced by the SECR
  9. CCL: “Climate Change Levy” – a government tax that is charged per kWh of energy. This is subject to the prevailing rate of VAT. Read our blog to find out more
  10. DC: “Data Collector – the organisation responsible for determining the amount of electricity supplied so that you are billed correctly for the amount you have used. Data collection can be done on site or remotely. Accurate usage reporting is essential for any business. Use a reputable company to calculate this for you
  11. kW: “Kilowatt” – a measure of power (1kW = 1000 watts)
  12. kWh: “Kilowatt-hour” – this is the unit of electricity used hourly
  13. PPU: “Pence Per Unit” – this is the method used by suppliers to charge customers
  14. STOD: “Seasonal time of day” – tariffs supplied at different unit rates depending on the time of day and season
  15. RDD: “Regular Direct Debit” – a regular amount the consumer pays to cover their estimated consumption
  16. VDD: “Variable Direct Debit” – a variable amount the consumer pays to cover their billed consumption
  17. SED: “Supply end date” – the date when the supply of electricity will come to an end
  18. MOP: “Meter Operator” – this is the company that goes on site to fit the meters and provides ongoing maintenance. This kind of contract is legally binding for all half hourly supplied meters
  19. tC02e: “tonnes per C02 equivalent” – this is the standard unit of measure used in carbon accounting. C02 refers to carbon dioxide
  20. MTC: “Meter Time Switch Code” – this indicates how many registers your electricity meter has and what times of the day they operate

These are just a few of the abbreviations used in the energy sector, like many industries there are hundreds of acronyms used to shorten words and it would be impossible to list them all, but our top twenty list should give you a great start in cutting through the jargon. UKEM (UK Energy Management) help companies in all sectors reduce their energy consumption and help them to understand how a tailored energy plan can be cost effective for their businesses. We are strong advocates of renewable energy sources. Contact us to find out more.