EU approves joint capacity mechanism in Ireland and NI

The EU Commission has approved a new joint capacity mechanism for Ireland and Northern Ireland’s energy markets. The move was judged to be able to help ensure security of electricity supply whilst preserving competition and complying with EU state aid rules. Under the capacity mechanism, power plants and other capacity providers will obtain a payment […]

Gateshead district energy scheme to get £1m boost from DSR

A district heat and power project has partnered with a demand response firm and boosted its future revenue by £1 million. Flexitricity will help Gateshead District Energy Scheme gain £60,000 a year from the National Grid by linking it to its network and giving it the flexibility to smooth out peaks and troughs in electricity demand. It will be able to […]

US Governors explore demand response

Some states in the US have been using demand response measures to address peak power problems. That’s because the highest levels of daily demand are increasingly greater than the average level of daily demand which is driving up overall power costs. In addition, states are also experiencing a rapid growth in the use of energy resources […]

Global demand response capacity ‘to grow to 144GW by 2025’

The global demand side response (DSR) capacity market is expected to grow to 144GW by 2025. That’s an increase from nearly 39GW this year, according to a new report. It states new business models, technology and software use will act as key enablers of future DSR adoption. DSR is a scheme where customers are incentivised […]

UK firms join forces for demand response energy system

A new network which aims to generate 200MW of flexible energy by 2020 has been launched. Dubbed the ‘Living Grid’, it plans to show the power of intelligent demand response technology and modernise the UK’s existing “static” electricity system. The initiative is organised by non-profit firm Forum for the Future, with Sainsbury’s, United Utilities and […]

ENGIE invests in UK demand response firm

ENGIE, formerly GDF SUEZ, is investing in a UK demand response company. KiWi Power helps consumers reduce electricity demand on the network when energy usage is at peak levels. Its demand response solution offers participating organisations, such as industrial and manufacturing plants, office buildings and hospitals, a range of benefits including a revenue stream and […]

Demanding way to manage energy use at university

British sites including a university campus and waterworks are earning money by helping to keep the grid at a “golden” frequency of 50 hz. It’s all using a special type of “demand response” technology from Open Energi.

Exclusive Webinar – Demand Response – unlocking revenue and carbon savings

Demand Response solutions have a massive role to play in delivering secure, clean and affordable energy in the years to come. For businesses, it can provide a new source of revenue to offset rising energy costs or fund energy efficiency measures, cut carbon emissions and help to ‘keep the lights on’ across the UK. Open […]

Water firm turns off power tap to balance the grid

United Utilities has got a new system to adjust its energy demand to help “balance” out the national grid – and hopes to make £5 million with the technology. It allows power-guzzling equipment on the site to switch off or on in response to changes in electricity supply and demand nationwide. Andy Pennick, Energy Manager […]

University shuts off air con to cut UK energy demand

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has agreed to turn its air conditioning either off or on to lower or boost its energy use when the grid operator needs to balance the grid. UEA’s air handling units (AHUs) – which use up to 1MW across its Norwich campus – are now equipped with Dynamic Demand. The […]