Updated – Calling all large energy users: Deadline looms for Demand Side Balancing Reserve

The deadline fast approaches for large energy users looking to be part of the first wave of National Grid’s scheme to reduce electricity use for payments. To tender for the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The deadline fast approaches for large energy users looking to be part of the first wave of National Grid’s scheme to reduce electricity use for payments.

To tender for the first session of Demand Side Balancing Reserve, applications must be in by 5pm on Friday 25 July 2014 (an extension from the original deadline of midnight on Monday 21 July).

The grid is looking for large energy users willing to lower electricity use, such as by switching to back-up power, during peak times on winter weekdays (between 4pm and 8pm) in exchange for cash.

This is the first round of a tender process to find up to 330MW to trial the new service this winter.

Another round is expected by Autumn 2014 and in early 2015 for up to 1,800MW of both DSBR and a second tool to reduce energy demand on the grid, called Supplemental Balancing Reserve for mothballed power plants, for winter 2015/16.

Details on how to apply can be found in National Grid’s Invitation to Tender.