Meter Operator (MOP) agreements and Data Collection and Aggregation (DC/DA) agreements are often overlooked but with the ever-changing energy market and the introduction of P272 it is now more important than ever to ensure you are getting not only the best price but also the best solution for your needs.
If your meter transmits a read to your supplier every 30 minutes via either a sim card or hard phone line connection then you are required to have an MOP agreement in place. This is a mandatory contract that covers the maintenance and service of your Half Hourly meter. This agreement does not have to be with your supplier, there are many different options and you are free to choose.
Here are some things that determine how much you will pay for your MOP agreement:
If you do not appoint an MOP yourself one will be provided for you by your supplier at an inflated cost. Supplier Independent MOP providers often offer the best value for money. We would strongly advise any customer looking at either a new connection or the renewal of a MOP contract to look at the options available to them as prices can vary hugely.
Its not unusual to see offers of £150 per annum to more than £700 per annum.
Costs vary significantly based on contract term, the longer the contract the cheaper it will be. Agreements for the service range from 1 to 10 years.
If your meter is located in an area with poor mobile reception you will require a phone line to communicate the data at an added cost.
Data Collection and Aggregation is another mandatory service linked to your Half Hourly meter. This service encompasses the collection of the data from your meter and its onward transmission to your energy supplier. This function is often performed by your energy supplier but just like for your MOP agreement, you have the right to choose the service provider yourself. Unlike MOP agreements, there is rarely a separate cost to DC/DA since this is already included in your energy rates. Whatever agent performs the task will pass the cost to your energy supplier so you do not have to pay them directly.
So, if there aren’t any savings to be made, why would you want an independent DC/DA agent? Quite simply it could offer you a far more robust platform to monitor your usage data than what your supplier is prepared to offer. If you want to get serious about lowering your energy consumption then working with your data is an absolute must and having the right platform to do that is essential.
We work with a range of MOP and DC/DA agents providers and can help you get access to fair prices and cutting-edge technology, so just get in touch if you would like to find out about your options.