National Grid cancels demand side balancing reserve for winter

National Grid has cancelled its Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) tender for the coming winter. In a letter, the grid operator said it made the decision following the results of the tender which closed in June and showed it was not successful, adding “minimal volume would be available across this period”. It stated: “DSBR was designed […]

Firms picked to use less power for cash

National Grid has awarded contracts for an extra 2.56GW of electricity to cover potential higher demand during winter 2015/16. The reserve capacity is estimated to cost around £36.5 million – or 50 pence per year on the average consumer’s electricity bill. That’s in comparison to £31.3 million for the extra 1.1GW bought for winter 2014/15. […]

National Grid’s standby power plants are just “prudent”

The UK’s grid operator downplayed fears of blackouts today, describing its decision to bring forward plans to have power stations on emergency standby as “prudent”. A string of nasty surprises at power stations over the summer – from fires to cracks in boilers – put several plants the grid was relying on out of business […]

Balancing act begins – big energy users asked to cut 2015/16 demand

National Grid has begun its hunt for factories and big businesses willing to cut their demand next winter (2015/16). Today the grid operator opened its first round of tenders to recruit large energy users into its Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) scheme. It comes a day after a fire at Didcot B gas plant raised […]

Firms lined up to use less power for cash

Major energy users that will reduce their power demand or switch to on-site generation at times of peak demand in return for a payment have been announced. National Grid has signed contracts with companies including Tata Steel and Flexitricity as part of its Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) initiative. It has awarded total contracts worth […]

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 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 […]