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New electricity company in our area...

Old Nov 28th 2011, 11:01 pm
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Originally Posted by Fred James
That's very interesting. If the meter monitors each phase separately then it is just the same problem as the ICP but if it is capable of monitoring the total load it would be a major improvement.

I will have to look further into that as it could mean that we can downgrade to under 10kw and save a great deal of money - more than enough to cover the costs of a new meter.
I don't know if the new meter averages the consumption across the three phases (no one seems to be able to give us a straight answer - and we are both fluent in Spanish). The impression I get is that even Endesa doesn't really know, which would be expected.

But we have noticed recently:

Traditionally, during lightning storms, we will have at least one appliance burned to bits in each year. Usually it's the internet router or a satellite box, we even had a coffee maker blown to bits once. In any case, with each strike virtually all the breakers in the house will trip, including the master down by the road.

In the past 2 weeks we've had many major lightning storms with flashes hitting the local power lines frequently, and not once have we lost a single appliance. Furthermore, we haven't had even one single breaker trip, although the power goes out at the instant of the lightning strike, and then is restored after about one minute like magic.

I suspect this may be due to the new meter, which I presume has spike protection built-in. If I'm right, then it is a major improvement. OH no longer has to go down to the road and turn on the master breaker with each lightning strike (not to mention not having to replace our blown up appliances).

So, for all the stones I throw at Endesa, at least they seem to have done this one thing right (and they should - they owe us €1000's).

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Old Nov 30th 2011, 2:50 am
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Default Re: New electricity company in our area...

Originally Posted by amideislas
I don't know if the new meter averages the consumption across the three phases (no one seems to be able to give us a straight answer - and we are both fluent in Spanish). The impression I get is that even Endesa doesn't really know, which would be expected.

But we have noticed recently:
I have checked it out and apparently the new meters do have the ability to control the amount of kw used (like a built in ICP) but in Spain they do not use this facility.

Also it appears that even if they did, each phase is controlled rather than the total load.

It seems that my only option is to disconnect 2 of the 3 phases coming into the house, rewire the fuses to a single phase circuit and hope that a 9.9kw ICP is adequate. On top of that I dread trying to get Endesa to come up with a new contract without requiring a new boletin and loads of money!
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