UK Power Networks (UKPN) has launched a process for demand side response for delivery in January next year.
It is calling on businesses to offer their services to support the distribution network during periods of high electricity demand.
Such contracts used to support the national power system and rarely on the local network.
The organisation, which delivers power to more than eight million homes and businesses, has launched an expressions of interest call, with its document outlining 10 network locations where flexibility could potentially be of benefit to the network.
Barry Hatton, UKPN Director of Asset Management said: “The way we generate, distribute and consume electricity is changing and we are making sure that UK Power Networks is in a great place to make the most of the opportunities this transformation offers.
“Flexibility shows that we are not just talking about what the future holds for distribution networks but we are delivering on it. This important new service offers a new route to market for distributed energy resources and we are looking forward to hearing expressions of interest from the market.”
After receiving expressions of interest, UKPN will determine which locations have enough flexible resources to meet its needs, then run a tender to contract for flexibility services to start as early as January next year.