Steering Group Meeting – 5th July 2018

31 Jul 2018

The 12th Power Responsive Steering Group meeting took place on 5th July 2018 with discussions focusing on ‘the potential DSF contribution from cities, local authorities, and electric vehicles’, including:

  • What are the main opportunities and challenges
  • How do we unlock the potential of these assets for flexibility
  • What initiatives are taking place to trial flexibility from these sources

The meeting summary and discussion snapshot have now been published and are available to download from the following links:

Power Responsive Summer Reception 2018

The 4th Power Responsive annual event took place on Tuesday 26th June 2018 with an afternoon Flexibility Forum and an evening drinks reception.

Stakeholders from across the industry were welcomed to the HAC as we celebrated demand side success, and looked forward to future flexibility developments.

Please use the following link to download our event summary and speaker presentation slides from the day.

Steering Group Meeting – 11th April 2018

08 May 2018

The 11th Power Responsive Steering Group meeting took place on 11th April 2018 with discussions focusing on ‘Development of regional markets and price discovery‘, including:

  • Development of regional markets for flexibility – DNO and Suppliers’ plans
  • Price discovery for demand side flexibility

The meeting summary and discussion snapshot have now been published and are available to download from the following links:

From megawatts to negawatts

As interest continues to grow in Demand Side Response (DSR), more and more businesses are exploring the opportunities that exist in turning down their power demand at peak times. One business that is helping its clients take maximum advantage is Incentive Carbon Management. Board Director Bill Pollard explains.

At Incentive Carbon Management (ICM) we provide energy and carbon reduction solutions to both SMEs and larger businesses. We’re part of one of the UK’s leading independent facilities management groups, Incentive FM Group.

The services we provide help our customers save a minimum of 20 per cent from their carbon and energy costs, while ensuring they meet current legislation and their corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives.

Understanding our markets

We operate in an extremely complex market and it’s important to us that we become an integral part of our customers’ energy management teams. It’s our responsibility to bring innovation and new ideas to the table. We’ve found that most of our customers have some level of knowledge and awareness of DSR, but they’re uncertain how best to implement it.

Interestingly, when discussing it with customers, more and more of them want to know about turn-down services, where they receive payment for reducing their power demand temporarily at peak times. I also sense that businesses are becoming greener. They have an appetite to further reduce their carbon footprints, while maximising the financial incentives available to them from the balancing services offered by National Grid.

They want to do more than just switch on their generation assets. But, at the same time, they want to be sure that there’s no risk involved in taking the turn-down route.

How we support them

We’ve recognised the importance of DSR for some time now, both at a national level and for our customers. So we’ve been working with aggregator Pearlstone Energy to educate ourselves and our customers on all the opportunities available.

The services we provide help our customers save a minimum of 20 per cent from their carbon and energy costs, while ensuring they meet current legislation and their corporate social responsibility (CSR) objectives.

As a leading provider of demand management, Pearlstone Energy can design and put in place a range of DSR services for our customers. This allows us to add value to our existing customer relationships, deliver fresh ideas, cost savings and exciting new revenue streams. The solutions we’re able to offer through Pearlstone Energy also enable our clients to participate in DSR in a carbon neutral way – and to view their energy use in real-time across their facilities.

This is thanks to Pearlstone’s partnership with technology experts Honeywell, which means we’re able to use the company’s pioneering Automated Demand Response (ADR) technology. This allows electricity consumers to switch off or turn down non-essential electricity in a reliable, fast, cost-effective and automated way.

It means our customers are helping National Grid balance the network by providing ‘negawatts’ rather than megawatts. By reducing demand, rather than switching on diesel or gas generators, they deliver flexibility in a greener, zero-carbon way.

And the benefits to our clients don’t end there. It requires zero investment from them, reduces their energy consumption and brings in up to £50k/MW a year in payment for providing these services.

New revenue stream

For many of our clients, this creates a new revenue stream. It enables them to sell the energy they don’t need at certain times, for short periods, which they wouldn’t otherwise be able to sell on their own.

Over a five-year contract period, on current estimates, the three clients that we’re working with on this will reduce their energy costs by more than £1,000,000. Our aggregator’s ADR technology will manage their electricity demand, significantly reducing their energy bills and potentially reducing their network demand charges.

Expanding our service

We see DSR as a valuable and positive development for our customers – and also for us as a business. As well as being an important stakeholder for future sustainable development and helping National Grid by providing flexibility, it enables us to tailor the services we offer and secure long-term profitable relationships with our customers.

Steering Group Meeting – 31st January 2018

26 Feb 2018

The 10th Power Responsive Steering Group meeting took place on 31st January 2018 with discussions focusing on ‘Sources of Demand Side Flexibility – assets and providers’, including:

  • What flexibility services are offered at an asset level,
  • How and into which markets do assets appear best suited,
  • and what (if any) under utilised potential is there for load response, small-scale generation, and electricity storage

The meeting summary and discussion snapshot can be viewed and downloaded from the links below:

Power Responsive Annual Report 2017

07 Feb 2018

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Power Responsive Annual Report for 2017. The report has been designed for an audience with a good understanding of demand side flexibility (DSF), and serves to celebrate achievements to date, present a view of the current ‘state of play’ for DSF, and look ahead to flexibility opportunities.

We have built upon the 2016 report, in particular on metrics for participation within DSF markets, from which we hope to benchmark against in future years.

We’d like to thank Sustainability First for their assistance in preparing the report, Association for Decentralised Energy for conducting the self reporting survey through their membership, and to all who contributed their time at metrics steering groups.

Product Roadmap for Frequency Response and Reserve

19 Dec 2017

National Grid as System Operator (SO) has today published its Product Roadmap for frequency response and reserve markets. It marks an important milestone in the wider review of balancing services undertaken through the System Needs and Product Strategy earlier this year.

The Product Roadmap sets out the actions to be taken forward for frequency response and reserve markets and details the principles that will govern the way that balancing services are procured in future.

Visit the Future of Balancing Services to download the Product Roadmap.

How smart charging can help unlock flexible capacity from EVs

12 Dec 2017

Dagoberto Cedillos, Strategy & Innovation Lead at Open Energi explores how smart charging can help unlock flexible capacity from Electric Vehicles. Electric Vehicles (EVs) have taken off in 2017 with […]

Power Responsive Flexibility Forum

05 Dec 2017

The latest Power Responsive Flexibility Forum took place on Thursday 11th January 2017, in London.

The agenda included updates from BEIS, Ofgem, & National Grid, touching upon:

  • Product Simplification Road Map  –  the first opportunity to hear directly what this means for flexibility providers.
  • System Planning Opportunities – National Grid’s Network Options Assessment team explored how System Planning could provide a new opportunity for demand side flexibility.
  • Updates from BEIS and Ofgem from the Smart Systems Forum, and Charging Futures Forum
  • Recent balancing services procurement and the Power Responsive Annual Report.
  • Surgeries/drop-ins throughout the day allowed attendees to speak to experts from: the Capacity Market team, Power Potential Project, and Balancing Services Account Managers.

Please see our Flexibility Forum summary note with links to presentation slides. If you wish to join us at future forums, please register your details using the form at the bottom of the page.

Demand response turns liquid assets into real revenue for Bournemouth Water

With many utility companies already seeing Demand Side Response (DSR) work for them, it was an easy decision for Bournemouth Water to get involved. Energy Adviser, Matthew Burton shares his story.

 At Bournemouth Water, it’s our responsibility to keep the taps on for half a million households and businesses across Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire. Each day, we supply 140 million litres of drinking water to our customers.

We have a significant number of sites, most of them running energy-intensive assets such as water pumps, as well as back-up generation. With a corporate commitment to deliver operational excellence, we regularly review our energy use and costs to make sure we are optimising what we do.

It was through this process of continual improvement that we began to explore the opportunities that existed through demand side flexibility.

With many water companies (such as Wessex Water and United Utilities) already seeing the benefits from using their energy in a smarter way, we decided to reach out to one of the UK’s DSR aggregators, KiWi Power, to see how our assets could be best put to work.

Carefully tailored solutions

The company was keen to find the right solution for each of our sites, so it sent down its engineers to investigate. They got to work analysing half-hourly data relating to each site’s energy use and conducted full onsite surveys to see which assets could deliver demand side services. With this information, the company created specially tailored solutions for each site.

The next step was to get the right technology in place, so we could begin to participate. This was done at zero cost to us and with very little disruption. KiWi Power installed its own, in-house developed, second-by-second meters at each of our sites, which would work with our existing high-voltage metering systems.

A wide range of DSR programmes

Bournemouth Water has implemented the flexibility of demand side response while keeping full control of operating its systems within set internal parameters.

Using the new meters, the aggregator remotely monitors and sends signals to our site controllers and Programmable Logic Controller units (PLCs) so we can make an automated decision to use the full range of our demand side assets. It can also send visual signals to our shift workers on site should they need to start local diesel generators or stop scheduled pumping.

Bournemouth Water has implemented the flexibility of demand side response while keeping full control of operating its systems within set internal parameters.

This almost-instant flexibility allows us to take part in a wide range of programmes, namely Frequency Control by Demand Management (FCDM), Static Firm Frequency Response (FFR), Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) and TRIAD avoidance (half hourly settlement periods).

One of the biggest benefits has been the fact that providing DSR doesn’t interfere with the day-to-day running of our sites. This is particularly important because of the critical nature of some of our equipment, particularly our water pumps. If a reservoir is full, for example, it wouldn’t be safe or practical for water pumps to be powered down, or switched off.

Working closely with our aggregator, we were able to build a vital layer of defence behind the DSR controls. Should a signal arrive during a critical time, the system automatically overrides it, putting the business and our customers first.

Feeling the full flow of benefits

Since we began providing DSR, our business has earned regular revenue across the full portfolio of DSR products. Another benefit has been the improved resilience of our generators. Regular testing under our DSR contract means we have total peace of mind that our generators will be fit for purpose during a power cut.

Participating in DSR has proven a good decision. It has provided us with a mechanism to optimise our pump scheduling, put our standby generation assets to good use and earn extra revenue for our business.