When shopping for business electricity, you’ll often see references to profile classes. But what is a profile class and how do you know which class your business falls into?
What Are Electricity Profile Classes?
Your electricity profile class is based on your business’s electricity consumption pattern and load profile. How much energy you use and when you use it will determine which class your business is placed in.
In the UK there are currently 9 classes 01-08 and 00. Here’s what each of them means:
Profile Class 01: Domestic Unrestricted Customers
Most home consumers fall into this category. If you run a home based business you generally don’t need to buy a business electricity plan (although it may save you money).
Profile Class 02: Domestic Economy 7 Customers
Home consumers with Economy 7 meters.
Profile Class 03: Non-Domestic Unrestricted Customers
Non electricity intensive, small and micro-businesses will generally fall under this category.
Profile Class 04: Non-Domestic Economy 7 Customers
Small and micro-businesses with an Economy 7 meter.
Maximum Demand (MD) customers
Businesses with profiles 05-08 are referred to as Maximum Demand (MD) customers. If your business falls into this category, your meter will have the ability to measure peak demand for a given period.
The key metric is Peak Load Factor (LF), which is defined as the percentage of consumption (in kWh) during a given period relative to the number of kWh that would have been supplied had the maximum demand been maintained throughout that period.
Profile Class 05: Non-Domestic Maximum Demand (MD) Customers with a Peak Load Factor (LF) of less than 20%
Profile Class 06: Non-Domestic Maximum Demand Customers with a Peak Load Factor between 20% and 30%
Profile Class 07: Non-Domestic Maximum Demand Customers with a Peak Load Factor between 30% and 40%
Profile Class 08: Non-Domestic Maximum Demand Customers with a Peak Load Factor over 40%
Profile Class 00: Peak load usage of electricity above 100 kW
Businesses that are the very largest electricity users. If your business falls into this category, you’ll have to get Half Hourly Electricity Metering.
Electricity Profile Class Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know which profile class my business falls under?
It’s very easy to find out out what your profile class is. All you have to do is look at the first two digits of your Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN). As this corresponds to your profile class.
What if I want to change my profile class?
If you think your business has been placed in the wrong profile class, the only way to change it is to get in contact with your energy company.
For more on how profile classes are determined please read Exelon’s very detailed Load Profiles and their use in Electricity Settlement.