Energy A-Z

AACoPApproved Code of Practice
 aM&TAutomatic Monitoring and Targeting Systems
 AMRAutomatic Meter Read
 ASCAvailable Supply Capacity, Agreed Supply Capacity, or Authorised Supply Capacity. Also referred to as Supply Capacity, Supply Availability, or Available kVA, due to its unit of measurement.
BBSCBalancing and Settlement Code
 BEISDepartment for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
 BMSBuilding Management System
 BREEAMBuilding Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method
 BRUKLA Building Regulations UK Part L (BRUKL) report is required to demonstrate that a building is compliant with Part L of UK building regulations.
CCarbon Insetting

Carbon Insetting is when organisations offset their carbon emissions inside their own supply chain to help them become net zero throughout their entire operations, including their value chain.

 Carbon OffsettingCarbon offsetting is the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through investment in environmental projects that reduce or remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, compensating for the emissions you produce. 

Carbon Reduction Strategy

Carbon Reduction Strategy is a plan or set of actions designed to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other greenhouse gases. It typically involves identifying the main sources of emissions within an organisation or community and then developing targeted initiatives to reduce or offset those emissions. The strategy can include a variety of measures such as improving energy efficiency, switching to renewable energy sources, enhancing waste management, and promoting sustainable transportation options.

For businesses and organisations, this strategy is often part of their broader sustainability goals and may be driven by regulatory requirements, cost savings, or corporate social responsibility efforts. It is also a key component in the global effort to mitigate climate change by reducing the overall carbon footprint.

CCAA Climate Change Agreement (CCA) is an agreement made between the Environment Agency and an organisation on a voluntary basis, to reduce CO2 emissions over a period of time.
 CCSCrown Commercial Services offer a number of pre-tendered framework agreements including G-Cloud and HELGA DPS. Find out how public sector organisations can access TEAM’s services through these frameworks.
 CDMConstruction Design and Management Regulation
 CHPQAThe CHP Quality Assurance programmes (CHPQA) is a Government initiative to provide a practical approach to assessing all types and sizes of CHP schemes in the UK.
 CIBSEChartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
 CFDContract for Difference
 CHPCombined Heat and Power
 CMCapacity Market. The Capacity Market forms part of the government’s Electricity Market Reform policy. It is intended to incentivise investment in more sustainable, low-carbon electricity capacity at the least cost for energy consumers. This is needed to help secure electricity supplies for the future.
 CMUCapacity Market Unit
 CMVPCertified Measurement & Verification Professional
 COCarbon Monoxide
 CO2Carbon Dioxide
 CoPCode of Practice

The CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme was a mandatory carbon emissions reduction initiative that applied to large organisations in the public and private sectors in the UK. It was implemented in 2010 to incentivise energy efficiency and cut emissions in large energy users in the UK.

The scheme required participants to measure and report their electricity and gas supplies on an annual basis to the CRC registry. The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme is now closed.

 CTCurrent Transformer
DDAData Aggregator – an accredited agent appointed by a supplier to collate and sum meter reading data.
 DCData Collector – agent appointed by a supplier to retrieve and verify meter readings data from electrical meters to include processing, validating and estimating.
 DEDecentralised Energy
 DECDisplay Energy Certificate
 DECCDepartment of Energy and Climate Change
 DGDistribution Generation – Generation plant that is connected to a distribution network, i.e. not to the transmission network.
 DMPDefined Meter Point
 DNODistribution Network Operator – The owner and operator of the local distribution networks. The DNO holds a distribution licence for the provision of network services in a defined area, including connection to the system, metering and data services.
 DoGDeed of Grant
 DSODistribution System Operator
 DSRDemand Side Response – involves electricity users varying demand due to changes in the balance between supply and demand, usually in response to price.

Distribution Use Of System Charges – The DUoS charge covers the cost of receiving electricity from the national transmission system and feeding it directly into homes and businesses through the regional distribution networks. These networks are operated by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) such as Central Networks. The distribution networks include overhead lines and underground cables, as well as substations and transformers, which reduce the electricity’s voltage to safe levels for use in homes and businesses.

EEAEnvironment Agency
 EACEstimated Annual Consumption
 EDIElectronic Data Interchange. A computer-to-computer communication of structural data that allows automatic electronic processing without manual intervention. EDI is the ultimate solution for paperless electronic billing and it is an effective control of utility consumption and costs.
 EMRElectricity Market Reform – The EMR is the Government‘s approach to reforming the electricity system to ensure the UK‘s future electricity supply is secure, low-carbon and affordable
Energy Conscious Organisations (EnCO) is an initiative from ESTA, in partnership with the Energy Institute, designed to promote energy savings from focusing on changing behaviour.
 ENAEnergy Networks Association
 Energy StatementAn Energy Statement is often required by Local Authority planning as part of a new build planning submission or Design and Access Statement, in conjunction with your BRUKL report. Your Energy Statement demonstrates how the energy efficiency of the proposed development meets relevant Local Authority requirements over and above those of BRUKL, and can include your plans for reducing carbon emissions, generating renewable energy, and the overall energy demand.
 EPBDEnergy Performance of Buildings Directive
 EPBREnergy Performance of Buildings Regulations
 EPCEnergy Performance Certificate
 ESCElectricity Settlements Company or Settlement Body

Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for organisations in the UK that meet the qualification criteria. The Environment Agency is the UK scheme administrator.

Organisations that qualify for ESOS must carry out ESOS assessments every 4 years. These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures.

Read more about ESOS and TEAM’s ESOS Services

 ESSEnergy Storage System
 ESTAEnergy Services and Technology Association
 EU ETSEuropean Union Emissions Trading System
 EVElectric Vehicle
FFiTFeed-in Tariff – Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) is a UK Government scheme designed to encourage uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies. introduced on 1 April 2010, under powers in the Energy Act 2008. The UK Government’s Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) makes the policy decisions about the FITs scheme and are the relevant contact for queries about legislation. The energy regulator Ofgem E-Serve administers the scheme. Visit the website here.
GGHGGreenhouse Gas
 GIRSGas Industry Registration Scheme
 GSPGrid Supply Point – mean a meter connection point at which the transmission system is connected to a distribution system.
 GTGas Transporter
 GWGigawatt – A unit of power equal to 1 billion watts; 1 million kilowatts or 1000 megawatts.
 GWhGigawatt hour – A unit of energy equal to million kilowatt-hours. 1 GWh is equivalent to the total electricity typically used by 250 homes in one year.
HHHHalf Hourly – means a Metering Point which provides measurements of supply of electricity on a half hourly basis.
 HHDHalf Hourly Data
 HNIPHeat Networks Investment Project
 HoTsHeads of Terms
 HVHigh Voltage – A voltage exceeding 650 volts. It is the rated voltage above 1kV and medium voltage and is commonly used for distribution systems, with rated voltages above 1kV and generally applied to and including 52kV.
 HVACHeating Ventilation and Air Conditioning
II&CIndustrial and Commercial
 ICPIndependent Connections Provider
 IDNOIndependent Distributor Network Operator
 IPMVPInternational Performance Measurement and Verification Protocol
 IRMAIndependent Report on Metering Arrangements
 ITEIndependent Technical Expert – Individual experienced to carry out Independent Technical Reports for organisations wanting to enter into the Capacity Market (CM)
JJOSCARJoint Supply Chain Accreditation Register
KkVAkVA is a unit of power equating to 1000 volt-amps
 kWKilowatt – A standard unit of electricity power equal to 1000 watts, or to the energy consumption at a rate of 1000 joules per second.
 kWhKilowatt hour
LLECLevy Exemption Certificate
 LOALetter of Authority
 LVLow Voltage
MM&VMeasurement and Verification
 MAMMeter Asset Manager
 MAPMeter Asset Provider
 MDMaximum Demand
 MEESMinimum Energy Efficiency Standards
 MOAMeter Operator Agent
 MPANMeter Point Administration Number
 MPRNMeter Point Reference Number
 MSMetering System
 MSNMeter Serial Number
 MWMega Watt
 MWhMega Watt hour
NNERSNational Electricity Registration Scheme
 Net Zero

Net Zero is a state of balance between anthropogenic emissions and anthropogenic removals. In most cases, it is important to specify either net-zero CO2 emissions or net-zero GHG emissions, which also includes non-CO2 GHGs. Net-zero GHG emissions must be achieved at the global level to stabilise temperature increase, and targets set using the Net-Zero Standard must cover all UNFCCC/Kyoto GHG emissions. The SBTi’s Net-Zero Standard outlines what companies need to do to enable the global economy to achieve net-zero. The Standard makes clear that for corporate net-zero targets in line with keeping global warming to 1.5°C require rapid and deep emission reductions.

 NGNational Grid
 NHHNon Half Hourly
 NTSNational Transmission System
OOAMIOfgem approved meter installer
 OfgemOffice of Gas & Electricity Markets
PPPAPower Purchasing Agreement
RRHIRenewable Heat Incentive
 RORenewable Obligation
SSaaSSoftware as a Service
 SBEMSimplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) Assessment assesses the thermal efficiency of commercial and non-domestic dwellings, the amount of energy consumed and carbon emissions by the occupied building annually based on the building’s design, construction, lighting and HVAC.
 SBSShared Business Services Framework Agreement. A pre-tendered framework agreement through which NHS and Public-Sector organisations can use TEAM’s Bureau Service. Read more about TEAM’s SBS Framework Agreement.
 SECRThe Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting framework (SECR), which came into effect on 1 April 2019, was introduced to bring the benefits of carbon and energy reporting to many more UK businesses.
 Sustainability StatementSome Local Authorities require a Sustainability Statement to be submitted as part of the planning process to determine the environmental impact of the development. It includes the impact of environmental factors such as pollution, ecology, materials, water efficiency and conservation, and site protection and enhancement considerations. The Sustainability Statement can be delivered alongside your BRUKL report, or separately depending on the requirements of your project.
TTPIThird Party Intermediary
 TM44An inspection or survey which is an assessment of a buildings air conditioning systems.
 TRADACOMSTradacoms is an early standard for EDI primarily used in the UK retail sector.
 TriadThe three half hour periods of the highest demand on the transmission system, with at least 10 days between them, from the beginning of November in one year to the end of February in the following year.
 TUoSTransmission Use of System

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