UK Power Networks has begun a tender process for up to 35.4MW of demand-side response for delivery starting in January next year.
Following an expressions of interest call launched today, the network operator will invite firms to tender early October.
UK Power Networks seeks assets that can increase exports (generate) or reduce imports (consume less) at times of high electricity demand. It will award both availability and utilisation payments and has specific volume requirements in 10 specific locations.
The minimum clip size for providers is 500kW of flexibility, which can be aggregated across multiple sites, in order to manage constraint issues in Suffolk, London and the South East. However, the firm said it will “consider contracting directly with smaller sized resources depending on the characteristics of flexibility in each area”.
The DNO, which is beginning its transition to DSO, outlines a need for 37.6MW of flexibility in 2018/19, over 40MW the following year and a further 30MW in 2020/21.
Delivery is required for between two hours and five hours to manage evening peaks in some locations, and morning and evening peaks in others.
See UKPN’s DSO consultation here.
UKPN will outline its work to accommodate greater flexibility and generation and what this means for businesses at The Energyst’s DSR Conference, 7 September, London. See the agenda and request a ticket here.