Reactive Power Charges


'Reactive Power' is electricity that is being paid for but not used and is reflected by the Power Factor of a site. Power Factor is a measure of how effectively electricity is being used on a site. Certain types of equipment cause poor power factors, which reduces the capacity of the network to supply power. Distribution companies will charge customers for this through Reactive Power Charges. These charges are normally levied in situations where the site Power Factor is less than unity (1) and below a specific level, normally between 0.95 and 0.97, and can easily be corrected by the installation of Power Factor Correction equipment.

GEM's comprehensive service ranges from problem identification to remedial action via a site survey and a bespoke Power Factor Correction report. The installation of PFC both reduces your energy costs but also reduces the electricity wasted by the site, thus reducing the carbon intensity of your site.

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