What is an MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number)?
An MPAN, which stands for meter point administration number, is a one-of-a-kind reference number used to identify your electricity meter. It is otherwise known as an electricity supply number or 'S' number, and can be located on a previous bill and meter and should look like a 21-digit number starting with an 'S'.
Every electricity meter point administration number is specific to your building and is needed by energy suppliers to find your supply point. Because of this, it will stay the same regardless of whether you switch business energy suppliers or not.
Each of the digits on the MPAN means something different. The first two dictate your profile class or the type of customer you are. For example, whether you are using electricity domestically or non-domestically.
Most commercial clients fall under classes 05-08, which profiles them as maximum demand customers. Smaller businesses, however, may be grouped in a lower class, which means they do not need to be supplied with as much energy.
The following three numbers are known as the meter time switch code (MTC) and indicate whether you are using a single rate meter or a time-of-use one. After this comes the line loss factor (LLF), and is three numbers that show how much electricity is lost being supplied to your meter. Rural premises may find this number, and their bill, to be higher, as they are at a greater distance from distribution centres.
The next set of numbers are known as the distribution ID and the meter point ID and are used to identify the distribution company for your energy supply and your meter respectively. The final three digits are worked out from the previous two IDs as verification.