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How to find your MPAN/MPRN energy meter numbers

If you’ve ever switched your business’s gas and electricity providers, chances are you were asked to provide your MPAN number and MPRN number.

These unique identifiers help suppliers identify the specific premises for which you’re seeking to switch energy.

Continue reading to find out everything you need to know about your MPAN number, and MPRN number and how to locate them.

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What is an MPAN number?

The Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) serves as the distinctive identifier for your electricity meter or distribution network. Referred to at times as an ‘S number’ or ‘Supply Number,’ this 21-digit code, commencing with an ‘S,’ is easily identifiable on your meter or electricity bills.

Essentially, the MPAN is a unique, only electricity supply point reference number assigned to your premises, allowing business gas and electricity suppliers to pinpoint your electricity supply point. Unlike your customer reference number, the MPAN remains unchanged even if you decide to switch business electricity suppliers.

Where can I find my electricity MPAN number?

Locate your Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN) on your dual fuel or electricity bill; typically, it’s in a designated box labelled ‘Electricity Supply Number.’

This alphanumeric code is 21 digits in length and commences with ‘S.’ Only the final 12 or 13 digits are required.

It’s important to note that your property’s MPAN is not found on your meter box.

An illustrative example of an MPAN is S 01 801 101 22 6130 5588 165, often presented in two rows, with the bottom row containing the essential digits.

Ensure not to confuse the MPAN with your customer reference number, which is also available on the bill.

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If you’ve recently relocated and lack a bill, reach out to your business gas and electricity supplier directly to obtain your Meter Point Administration Number (MPAN).

In case you’re uncertain about the energy supplier for your new residence, contact the Local Distribution Centre (LDC) specific to your region.

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What is an MPRN number?

The Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) serves as the unique identifier for your gas meter, also referred to as an ‘M’ number. Comprising between six and 10 digits, this code is exclusive to your business premises.

Notably, unlike your customer reference number, the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) number remains unchanged even if you decide to switch business gas and electricity suppliers.

Where can I find my gas MPRN number?

To locate your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) on your gas meter, inspect the meter itself for a sequence of digits ranging between six and ten. Additionally, you can find your MPRN on your gas bill, typically under ‘Details of charges,’ labelled as ‘Meter Point Reference.’

If your gas meter point reference number starts with ’74’ or ’75,’ it indicates that your gas is provided by an Independent Gas Transporter (IGT). While Ofgem, the energy regulator, imposes caps on the charges by IGTs, it’s worth noting that obtaining gas through this method often results in higher rates.

How do I find my MPRN number without a gas bill?

Determine your gas supplier and obtain the Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) using the online tool “Find My Supplier” provided by the Meter Point Administration Service. Alternatively, you can call 0870 608 1524 (calls cost 7p per minute, plus your phone company‚Äôs access charge).

In many cases, Business Energy Comparison can automatically retrieve the MPAN/MPRN for you during the energy quote process.

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What if you can’t find your MPAN or MPRN numbers?

If you’re unable to locate the gas meter number on your meter and lack a bill, retrieve your Meter Point Reference Number (MPRN) by entering your building name or number and postcode on Find My Supplier.

Alternatively, you can attempt to obtain it by calling the Meter Number Helpline at 0870 608 1524. If these methods prove unsuccessful, reach out to our experts at Business Energy Comparison for assistance.

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Why do I need an energy meter number?

When moving into a new home or changing energy suppliers, having your MPAN number/MPRN number is crucial. These numbers ensure that your new supplier correctly takes over your supply and not that of another property.

The uniqueness of these numbers to identify your property makes them a precise identifier of your energy supply. If you relocate, you might also need to provide your supplier with the MPAN and MPRN of your previous property.

Will your MPAN and MPRN numbers change if you switch suppliers?

Your MPAN and MPRN numbers serve as identifiers for the meter at your property. These numbers only change when you relocate to new premises.

If you switch energy suppliers without moving to a new business or new property, however, your MPAN and MPRN will remain unchanged.

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What’s my meter serial number and where can I find it?

Your meter serial numbers function as identifiers for your meter, ensuring accurate billing for your consumption.

Referred to as the meter ID or ‘MSN,’ the meter serial number is visible on your bill. It can be located on the meter itself, usually near the barcode, featuring a combination of letters and numbers.

If the meter serial number on your meter doesn’t align with the one on your bill, please reach out to us.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is an MPAN or MPRN the same as a meter serial number?

No, the meter serial number (MSN) is a combination of letters and numbers specifically assigned to identify the actual meter. You can locate it in your meter box:

The meter serial number (MSN) is typically printed above or below the barcode for standard meters and spans between nine and 12 digits. On electricity meters, it commonly starts with the letter ‘F,’ while on gas meters, it usually begins with ‘L’ and ends with ‘M.’

On smart meters, find the MSN on the front of the meter box, next to the barcode. For electricity smart meters, the MSN starts with either 14P or 15P, while for gas smart meters, it begins with G4P.

Will my MPAN and MPRN change if I switch suppliers?

If you change your gas and electricity supplier without relocating, your MPAN and MPRN will remain unchanged. However, you may need to provide your new supplier with your MPAN and MPRN as part of the switching process.

Will my MPAN and MPRN change if I move home?

Indeed, if you move to a new home, your MPAN and your MPRN number will be different. As part of the moving process, you may need to provide the supplier at your new address with the MPAN and MPRN for your previous location. Your supplier will inform you of the new numbers upon moving into your new home.

If you move home and switch your electricity supplier simultaneously, your MPAN and MPRN will also change.

Will my MPAN change if I get a smart meter?

No, your MPAN will remain unchanged if you switch from a regular meter to a smart meter. However, it’s important to note that the MSN serial number, specific to the actual meter, will be different in the case of a smart meter installation.