Yesterday, 26 March 2019, National Grid confirmed the Triad periods for 2018-19 and SSE Business Energy is pleased to confirm that we accurately predicted each of the three peaks through our Triad Warning service.
The Triad season falls during the winter months, from the start of November to the end of February. The Triads are the three half hour periods of highest demand in Great Britain during this colder, darker time of year, and must be at least 10 days apart.
For businesses, consuming electricity during a Triad period is very expensive and it’s therefore important to try to avoid the three peak half hours. SSE Business Energy helps businesses avoid these times by offering a Triad Warning service which draws on the knowledge and expertise of weather forecasters and energy demand specialists.
Our service accurately warned of the three Triad peaks for 2018-19, supporting business across the UK to avoid costly charges during these times. The National Grid confirmed Triad periods are:
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Over recent Triad seasons it has been increasingly challenging to predict the demand peaks that become the Triad periods.
While weather conditions are still a driving factor for levels of demand, the increased use of embedded generation and Demand Side Response acts to suppress the overall peak demand throughout the Triad season and can flatten demand within individual days.
Additionally, Triad warnings themselves can change the likelihood of that day becoming a Triad. The number of customers who receive and react to a warning, and the number of warnings collectively issued across the industry, can mean that a lower risk day can turn out to have a higher peak than a colder, higher risk day.
In the National Grid graph below, the red lines highlight the Triad dates as published by National Grid on 26/03/2019:
Whether your business avoided the 2018-19 Triad periods or not, it’s worth planning ahead for how you will manage your energy consumption during the 2019-20 Triad season. There are a number of steps you can take to protect your business from the associated costs:
Following the above is a starting point, but for more in-depth insight, visit our website. Existing customers can get in touch with their account manager.
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