Electricity North West launches flexibility tender

The UK’s future carbon budget requires a reduction in domestic emissions of at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

By Freddie Rand

The UK’s future carbon budget requires a reduction in domestic emissions of at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

With the nation currently not on track to meet the 2023-2027 budget, domestic emissions need to be reduced by at least 3% per year to achieve this, with existing progress being supplemented by more challenging measures to make this possible.

Last year, for the first time, more than half of all electricity that was consumed within the UK was successfully generated from zero carbon sources. Having already made great progress in its goal to decarbonise the economy, the ways in which the UK generates, stores, transports and trades electricity is changing.

This greater demand for greener energy has resulted in a need for the power network and infrastructure to adapt in line with the changes in order to ensure energy supplies keep up with the pace of change – leading the way is Electricity North West Limited.

The latest DNO to trial the Piclo platform, they are one of the first to launch a Flexibility Tender after Western Power Distribution launched its scheme early this year.

As they begin to transition from a traditional Distribution Network Operator (DNO), to a smarter more flexible Distribution System Operator (DSO), Electricity North West Limited (ENWL) will find itself playing a much more active role in balancing the National Grid, improving their ability to deal with constraint issues on their network.

The impact

Changing consumption

Currently there is no single method to help connect DNOs and this fragmentation of the market is causing issues that need to be addressed. The implementation of this programme will reduce constraint challenges on both national and local networks by changing consumption patterns; de-fragmenting the market and contributing to a leaner, greener grid.

Cost effective

The project is also a more cost-effective option than the current programmes on which the energy transfer system runs. An alternative to costly infrastructure reinforcements such as new substations and transmissions, the introduction of a flexibility tender will allow for energy to be transferred with ease.

Alongside this, companies already enrolled in a programme offered by the grid via KiWi Power will also receive a separate revenue stream via their DNO.

Alleviate pressure

The use of a flexibility tender should alleviate some of the pressure being faced by National Grid and reduce network constraint issues with a lot of balancing now being done on low voltage (LV) transmission networks rather than high voltage (HV) networks.

Central services manager at Electricity North West Cara Blockley said: “We are delighted to join the Piclo Flex consortium. An online platform could lower barriers and increase participation in this important new service needed by the industry.”

What does this mean?

With the energy market currently undergoing huge transformations, traditional models are being redefined to make way for new, slimmed down, more efficient models. A more flexible and active way to reducing pressure and rebalancing the national grid, this new way of distributing energy should help in the UKs efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Here at KiWi Power, we aim to be global leaders, leading the way in managing electricity demand through technology by challenging the status quo. If you would like to know more about our products and solutions and how we can help you make an impact, contact KiWi Power today.

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