Exploring demand side response with npower Business Solutions

Demand side response (DSR) can offer a range of technical and financial benefits to large energy users – but what do consumers actually think about these technologies. Alongside npower Business Solutions and Energy HQ, we attended a DSR event hosted by the Energyst in London’s Banking Hall. We spoke to a range of energy stakeholders from […]

New partnership offers demand side response in Europe

An energy efficiency and renewable firm has partnered with Flexitricity for demand side response (DSR) services in the UK and across Europe. The latter firm will provide DSR services to Ameresco’s industrial and commercial customers, which will include short term operating reserve, capacity market, triad avoidance and demand turn-up. Under DSR schemes, consumers are rewarded […]

KiWi Power wins research grant from UK Government

KiWi Power has won a UK Government grant under the £84 million initiative to research artificial intelligence (AI), advancements in robotics and smart energy innovations. Last month, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy announced the winners of a series of competitions related to the development of AI and its impact on smart energy […]

UK launches £7.75m domestic DSR competition

The UK Government is inviting businesses to bid for a share of a £7.75 million competition to develop domestic applications of demand side response (DSR) technologies. The aim of the competition is to identify and demonstrate controllable, flexible demand in real domestic environments which can be replicated at significant scale in identical or similar applications. […]

Severn Water partners to boost grid flexibility

A water supplier has teamed up with a cleantech firm to improve demand flexibility and help build a smarter energy system in the UK. Severn Trent, which provides water to 4.5 million households and businesses, aims to use Open Energi’s demand side response technology to provide more than 20MW of flexible capacity by 2020. The […]

Virtual power plant market ‘to reach $4.5bn by 2023’

The global virtual power plant market is projected to reach $4.5 billion (£3.4bn) in the next six years. That’s an increase from $762 million (£580m) last year, with demand side response technology accounting for more than three-fifths of the global market share, according to new research. A virtual power plant is a network of decentralised […]

UKPN seeks businesses to offer support for DSR

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, […]

New plans to encourage people to generate and store energy

The UK Government and Ofgem have set out new plans to give householders and businesses more control over their energy use. They will encourage consumers to generate, store and use their own energy by removing barriers to battery storage technologies and help reduce bills. For example, batteries store surplus electricity generated during the day so […]

Western Power Distribution unveils demand side trial

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has announced a new demand side response (DSR) trial aimed at helping business customers generate income through existing assets. Flexible Power targets half-hourly metered customers that can reduce their power usage or increase their onsite generation in response to an automated signal when demand is high. Funded by Ofgem, the three-year […]

National Grid secures 312MW of turn-down DSR

Around 312MW of turn-down demand side response (DSR) has been secured by National Grid as part of its capacity auction. The Transitional Auction (TA), which supports the Capacity Market, cleared at £45/kW/year for delivery in 2017/18. A total of 372.987MW entered the auction, out of which 312.171 have been awarded contracts. Winners include UK Power […]