Frequently asked questions – what is an ICP?
WHAT IS an ICP?
An ICP is a kill switch for controlling your electricity supply, also known as an Interrupter Control de Potencia or Power Control Switch (PCS). The ICP limits the amount of electricity available to the user to the amount stated on the electricity contract, the contracted power supply.
What is my contracted power supply?
This is the amount of electric power that you agreed to and signed up for with Iberdrola when you moved into your property. The amount is stated on your electricity bill and electricity contract, found next to “Potencia Contratada” stated in kilowatts (kW).
Why must I have an ICP?
Royal Decree 1454/2005 and the order ITC 1559/2010 declared it mandatory that all domestic installations less than 15 kW must have a device for controlling the contracted power.
Where is the ICP?
The ICP is incorporated in your Smart Meter. These are becoming operational as Iberdola replace all the traditional electricity meters across the region.
The old manual (ICP-M) housed in the consumer unit, and the automatic (ICP-A) housed in the meter cupboard, will be redundant once the Smart Meter is fitted.
Do I have access to the ICP?
No, it’s inside the Smart Meter.
What are the implications of having a Smart Meter fitted?
A possible consequence of fitting a Smart Meter is that insufficient power maybe contracted. This is evident when several appliances are switched on at the same time and the power overloads the system and the ICP trips out. If you require additional power once the ICP has been fitted it will be necessary to arrange an upgrade the electricity supply.
ICP in Smart Meters
The new ICPs are becoming operational as Iberdrola replace the traditional electricity meters. A possible consequence of having a Smart Meter fitted is that the contracted power supply maybe insufficient and it causes power cuts.