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CP222A  Cost-Benefit Analysis of Metering Policies Demand Management
Project Appreciation and Objectives

The recent Portfolio project CP222 "Quantifying the effects for change of occupancy metering" provided a framework for establishing the costs and benefits of COM policies and provided a data collection and analysis spreadsheet tool. The study concluded that further analysis is required to produce a robust cost-benefit case for change of occupancy metering.

This follow-on project specifed, collected and analysed companies' data on the costs and benefits of COM policies. It also examined, as a parallel stream, the costs and benefits of meter optant policies.

Benefits to Clients

  • Greater understanding of the costs and benefits of selective and optant metering policies, in time for PR09 planning.
  • Benchmarking opportunities - comparing metering policies, practicalities, costs and benefits between companies.
  • Provision of information to allow optimisation of metering policies and practices.

Work Programme

  1. Specify the cost and demand data requirements for financial year 2005/06. This was based on the data protocol spreadsheet requirements in CP222, but extended to include meter optant data. Guidance was developed to ensure data consistency between participants.
  2. Check data for consistency.
  3. Analyse data to produce cost-benefit case for each participant individually and also as a group. COM policies and meter optant policies were also analysed separately.
  4. Report results of the data analysis. Each participant's cost-benefit results were attributable in the project report (confidential to project participants), but a separate version of the report was produced for companies to use externally, which only contained anonymous results.
  5. End of project dissemination and review meeting

Project Output

  • Confidential project report with all results attributable to individual companies.
  • Public version of the report with all data anonymous, for external distribution.
  • Final meeting to disseminate project findings and provide benchmarking opportunities.

Related WRc Work

Quantifying the Effects for Change of Occupancy Metering, CP222, 2005.

Duration - 4 months

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