National Grid insists the UK power system is manageable.
Cordi O’Hara, Director of Market Operation made the comment a day after the operator asked companies for extra power to balance supply and demand.
Speaking to ELN at the Energy Live 2015 conference she said: “We recently issued a notice to the industry called NISM and what that really means is that we say we’d like a little bit of extra power in reserve going into our tea time peak demand. It’s part of our toolkit as a system operator, it’s something we do expected use as we have done historically.
“It allows us to help manage the real time supply and demand balance and as we said in our winter outlook report, margins are manageable at 5.1% and in order for them to be managed we have range of tools available. NISM is one of those tools and it was a very effective tool in the past and we imagine that we will use it in the future.”
Ms O’Hara added National Grid can manage the country’s energy system using the security standards set by government as well as their “toolkit” and analysis to manage supply and demand in real time.
“With the new tools we bought, the DSBR (Demand Side Balancing Reserve) product, we’ve got the tools to manage the system”, she said.
Earlier this summer, National Grid launched a campaign to balance the energy system, providing incentives to businesses to adjust the amount of power they use at particular times in response to a signal.
Ms O’Hara said: “This year we launched a campaign called Power Responsive which is really about engaging the demand side community in our new energy future and in particular how businesses can create opportunity by really responding to the changing nature on the system.
“What we’re asking for is ‘how can we can achieve a scale in the industrial commercial sector? How can those businesses work with National Grid and the industry to shift and move their demand in order to create commercial opportunity for them and help us as system operator to balance the system?’. We’ve got lots of work planned this year and we’ve got a huge campaign set up under the power responsive banner.”