National Grid awards seven firms £66m of enhanced frequency response contracts

National Grid has awarded enhanced frequency response (EFR) contracts worth £66m to seven companies. Most of the contracts are for battery storage. EFR is a...

Battery storage: Positive outlook?

Costs are falling but batteries are still expensive. Bankable revenues are hard to come by and developers want more routes to market. But others...

National Grid calls time on Demand-Side Balancing Reserve

National Grid will not procure further reserve services from demand-side response providers via the Demand-Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR). In a notice to stakeholders, Cathy McClay,...

National Grid gets more money for demand-side response

National Grid will be allowed to spend more money promoting and simplifying demand-side response, the regulator has said. The company's regulated spending and return is...

What’s after enhanced frequency response for batteries, SmartestEnergy asks National Grid

SmartestEnergy has urged National Grid to set out a roadmap for batteries within the balancing services market. Ahead of the results of the first Enhanced...

Can National Grid hit its 2020 demand-side response target?

In June last year National Grid committed to procuring 30-50% of balancing services from demand-side sources rather than power stations. Since then the system...

Limejump boss: Big six will have to acquire demand-response aggregators ‘or fall by the...

Traditional utilities risk obsolescence in the face of more nimble competition, according to Limejump CEO Erik Nygard. He thinks they may not have much time to...

Revenue and complexity limiting demand-side response but price spikes may drive uptake

Many businesses see the demand-response market as too complex and think higher revenues or incentives are required to increase uptake, according to a new...

Open Energi strikes deal with controls firm to unlock 8MW of university demand-side response

Aggregator Open Energi has struck a deal with controls firm Prefect Controls that it says will unlock 8MW of demand-side response capability from water...

Tesla: People don’t engage with energy bills. But they will have to

Tesla Energy has warned that businesses will soon bear the full costs of a rapidly changing energy market. Boardrooms may face a rude awakening. Meanwhile...

Three energy policy tweaks ‘could unlock 10GW’ of demand-side response

UK firms could deliver almost 10GW of demand-side response within the next four years if policymakers level the playing field for providers, according to...

Decc, Ofgem and National Grid must make battery storage stack up

Battery storage will remain hamstrung unless National Grid, Ofgem and government make the changes outlined in its new report, says Scottish Renewables The lobby group called for...

Restore signs 25MW demand turn-up deal with National Grid

Demand-side response aggregator Restore has agreed a deal with National Grid to provide 25MW of demand turn-up (DTU). The scheme pays companies to increase power consumption...

80% of firms would provide demand-side response if business not disrupted

More than 80% of businesses would be interested in earning revenue through demand-side response (DSR) programmes – provided their business operations are not adversely...

National Grid warns UK will miss 2020 targets, predicts big battery future

Lack of progress in decarbonising heat and transport will see the UK miss its 2020 renewable energy targets, according to National Grid. The system operator...

Risk and reward: Why you should attend our demand-side response conference

The next couple of years could be a bumpy ride for businesses. Those that can access the flexibility in their assets and operations can insulate...

REstore obtains ISO 27001 for Information Security

Demand response aggregator REstore has obtained a global ISO 27001 certificate for Information Security. In this sponsored post, the firm says ISO27001 accreditation highlights its position as...

Major power users call for simplified approach to demand-side response

Major power users Anglian Water and Inovyn have urged policymakers, regulators and the system operator to simplify demand-side response (DSR) markets to enable greater...

Infrastructure chief: UK could be energy storage world leader if government acts now

The chief executive of the National Infrastructure Commission has urged government to act on the recommendations of its reports or miss the financial benefits...

Ofgem: Power flexibility will become more important than energy efficiency

The value of flexibility within the power system could increase tenfold over the coming years according to Ofgem’s Andrew Wright. The regulator’s senior partner...