We understand these technical terms can be confusing but within this guide, our Business Energy Comparison experts have included everything you need to know about gas and electricity supply numbers.
MPAN and MPRN Numbers Explained
What is an MPAN?
A Meter Point Administration Number MPAN is used to locate your electricity supply point and helps ensure you are charged correctly for your electricity usage.
Your MPAN number is a 13-digit code unique to your property and you can find this on your business energy bills.
What do the digits on an MPAN mean?
As mentioned above, your MPAN number is a 13-digit unique identity reference number, but you may be wondering what these digits mean. Check out our breakdown below to find out more:
The profile class is the first two numbers shown after the S at the start of your electricity meter number.
These different classes are used by your energy companies to give them an idea of how much energy you use at your business or household. The different profile classes are as follows:
- Profile Class 1 (01) – Domestic Unrestricted Customers.
- Profile Class 2 (02) – Domestic Economy 7 Customers.
- Profile Class 3 (03) – Non-Domestic Unrestricted Customers.
- Profile Class 4 (04) – Non-Domestic Economy 7 Customers.
- Profile Class 5 (05) – Non-Domestic Maximum Demand (MD) Customers with a Peak (LF) of less than 20%.
- Profile Class 6 (06) – Non-Domestic Maximum Demand Customers with a Peak Load between 20% and 30%.
- Profile Class 7 (07) – Non-Domestic Maximum Demand Customers with a Peak Load between 30% and 40%.
- Profile Class 8 (08) – Non-Domestic Maximum Demand Customers with a Peak Load over 40%.
- Profile Class 00 – Peak Load electricity usage over 100 kW.
Peak Load Factor references the way your business uses its electricity usage. Over a certain period, Peak Load Factor is the ratio of electricity in kWh measured, divided by the total kW (kilowatt hours) that could have been used in the same period, at the peak kW level your business can use.
Following the first two numbers, you will see three numbers which will identify if your meter is a single rate or time of use meter. If you are a business owner, you will have a single rate meter but not all businesses will.
Following on from this, the next three numbers are known as the Distribution Use of System (DUoS) charges. This is the fee charged to your electricity supplier by the local distribution company for electricity lost which is supplied to your meter. This fee will be used to cover the cost of supplying your electricity via networks and cables.
The next two numbers after the Line Loss Factor are known as the Distributor ID. This Distribution ID is used to identify the regional distribution company for your energy supply.
The following eight numbers are known as the Meter ID number. These eight digits are unique to your distribution centre and are usually split into two groups of four numbers which identify your meter box.
The final three numbers at the end of your meter number are the check digit which is a sum of the distribution ID and Meter ID.
What is an MPRN?
A Meter Point Reference Number MPRN is used by your gas supplier to identify your actual gas meter as this ensures you are being billed correctly.
Similarly, to an electricity MPAN number, you can find your MPRN number on your business gas bill and sometimes on your gas meter. If you cannot find your MPRN number on a recent gas bill, you can call your business gas supplier and they will be able to provide you with this.
What will happen to my MPAN and MPRN if I switch energy suppliers?
Your numbers are unique to your business property so if your business moves, these numbers will change.
If you switch business energy suppliers, your MPAN and MPRN numbers will not change as the only time they will change is when you move business premises or new property.
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