Power Responsive

Power Responsive is a stakeholder-led programme, facilitated by National Grid, to stimulate increased participation in the different forms of flexible technology such as demand side response (DSR) and storage. It brings together industry and energy users, to work together in a co-ordinated way. A key priority is to grow participation in DSR, making it easier for industrial and commercial businesses to get involved and to realise the financial and carbon-cutting benefits. The goal is to achieve 30-50% of balancing capability from the demand side by 2020.

To realise the potential of Power Responsive, businesses, electricity networks, suppliers, technology providers, aggregators, policy makers, regulators and others need to work together. The initial and continuing focus has been on growing participation in DSR among industrial and commercial businesses. The programme is now widening to include other forms of flexible technology such as storage. Further down the line, as the required technology becomes more readily available, consumers will also be able to take part in demand side response. Everybody can play a role. And everybody can benefit.


Demand Side Response

Demand side response is intelligent energy usage. It enables businesses and consumers to save on total energy costs and reduce their carbon footprints by increasing, decreasing or shifting their electricity consumption. For example, by adjusting the use of lights, appliances, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, fridges and freezers, back-up or distributed generation, pumps, motors and compressors and other manufacturing processes.

Demand side response has the potential to save businesses and consumers hundreds of millions of pounds. By increasing DSR by 5% to manage peak demand, instead of increasing generation, we will save the consumer £500 million a year. DSR can also make a significant contribution to reducing carbon footprints through more efficient energy usage.

By accelerating the use of demand side response solutions, businesses and consumers can make a huge, collective contribution to reducing the total cost of energy and ensure a secure, sustainable system for the future. If just 5% of peak demand is met by demand side response solutions, the response would be equivalent to the generation of a new nuclear power station

There are a range of demand side response services and products that businesses can provide and earn revenue for. Currently the main routes to enter the market are by providing services directly to National Grid, or by working with one of a number of commercial aggregators or third parties. The services that can be offered will vary depending on factors like the speed of response, capacity available, amount of time the delivery can be sustained and the price. To find out more visit National Grid Balancing Services.

Demand side response involves a voluntary, deliberate change in energy consumption to increase, decrease or shift demand in response to a signal. When businesses and consumers collectively employ demand side response solutions, total energy costs and carbon footprints can be reduced. In contrast, demand reduction is where businesses or consumers make permanent reductions in their electricity demand to realise the benefits of lower overall energy costs due to lower overall use.


National Grid

National Grid sits at the heart of the UK’s energy system. We play a vital role in connecting millions of people safely, reliably and efficiently to the energy they use. We are working collaboratively to promote the development and implementation of sustainable, innovative and affordable energy solutions.

National Grid is responsible for operating the electricity system in the UK, balancing supply and demand on a second-by-second basis. We procure a range of services to help balance the system and ensure the security and quality of our electricity supply. This includes contracting with a number of demand service providers through several products and services to help balance the system. Find out more.

National Grid sits at the heart of the UK’s energy system. This puts us at the centre of one of the greatest challenges facing our society – delivering clean energy to support our world long into the future. We want to play our part and help facilitate the rapid growth of demand side solutions and ensure a low cost, sustainable energy system for the future