What is a megawatt hour (MWh)?

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A megawatt-hour (MWh) is a measure of energy used to quantify how much electricity is consumed or generated within a one-hour period. For example, if you have a microwave that consumes 800 watts (0.8 kilowatts) and you use it for one hour, you would have consumed 0.8 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy. It’s like a “unit of energy” that helps to understand how much electricity is being used or generated at any given time.

 

The three time periods

We know this can be a worrying time for many people so we want to keep you informed about any changes or updates in the industry that can potentially have a direct effect on you as a consumer. Our focus here at Energy Nordic is providing a transparent service where customer satisfaction is most important.

With that in mind, it is recommended to be cautious with consumption over the next period of time and to try and utilise the (VALLE / P3) cheapest time periods as much as possible for high consumption appliances.

These are the hours set by the government on June 1, 2021 for electricity time periods for the 2.0TD tariff (any energy supply with less than 15kW contracted power):

  • P3 – Off-Peak Hours (VALLE): these are the cheapest hours and range from 12:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. Monday – Friday, as well as 24 hours on Saturdays, Sundays and national holidays.
  • P2 – Mid-Peak Hours (LLANO): these are moderately priced hours and range from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and from 10.00 p.m. to 12.00 a.m Monday – Friday.
  • P1 – Peak-Hours (PUNTA): these are the most expensive hours and the best time to be conscious about consumption. They run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and from to 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m Monday to Friday.

Click here to read more about the changes that came into place on June 1st 2021.

Periods for energy term tariff 2.0TD

We developed a tool called – What the Tariff – this enables our customers, or anyone for that matter, to see in real time, which tariff we are currently on and which tariff is coming next, in order to work out best times to use those high consumption appliances:
What The Tariff.

Here is a link to some printable versions of the timetables if you wish to print and stick on your fridge (We find them very useful!):
Printable energy period timetables.

On OMIE’s website you are able to see the increase of the energy market price over the past year. OMIE is where electricity supply companies in Spain purchase electricity. If you wish to follow the OMIE market price of energy in Spain yourself – you can click here to check OMIE’s market price day by day, hour by hour.

In view of keeping bills down during the current global energy crisis, there are of course, modifications you, as a consumer, can make to ensure your bills are as low as possible. Implementing conscious consumption during those cheaper P3 hours, will make a big difference to the prices of our bills.

Lastly, here is a link so you can directly register with your distributor online and monitor your consumption daily throughout the month, which can help in view of keeping usage as optimised as possible. You can see the name of your distributor on the bottom of the last page of your Energy Nordic bill:

Click here to register with e-distribucion

Click here to register with i-DE

Once registered with your distributor, as above, you will be able to monitor your consumption live and access historical data, day by day, hour by hour. If you have solar installed, you will also see the breakdown of your own production, consumed and sold back to the grid.

We stand by ‘The power of simplicity‘ always, so if you have any questions, please leave a comment below or give us a call and speak to one of our friendly energy experts in your language.

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