Government to consult on DSR in spring, aggregator Open Energi signs big deal

As government confirms it will consult in spring on bringing down the barriers to demand side response (DSR), battery storage and smarter grids, DSR...

Power only half the story as volatility hits energy bills in 2016

Wholesale power prices declined for 2015 with anticipated softening into 2016. Yet bills are expected to rise and the market to become increasingly volatile....

Value judgement: Npower talks up transitional capacity market, Flexitricity talks it down

Npower is trying to drum up more interest from retailers in demand response provision ahead of the transitional capacity auction next month. The problem...

Demand response provider teams with Honeywell, touts for new business

Honeywell and demand response aggregator Pearlstone Energy have announced plans to build a 200MW demand response portfolio within five years. The aggregator will deploy Honeywell's...

National Grid buys 3.6GW of back-up power to meet winter demand, DSR tender to...

National Grid has procured some 3.58 GW of back-up power for next winter at a cost of £122.4 million. The system operator ran the supplemental...

UK firms plan major energy efficiency push ahead of power price spikes

More than nine out of ten (93%) company directors plan to implement energy efficiency or demand response measures in 2016. Surveyed by The Energyst ahead of...

Are you ready for Triad season?

The clocks going back signalled the start of the Triad season. In this sponsored post, SmartestEnergy key account manager Mark Cox explains why both...
National Grid's Cordi O'Hara calls for more demand side response to balance UK power system

National Grid plays down blackout fears but calls for more demand response

National Grid has disputed figures that suggest the UK will face a significant power capacity shortfall next winter. However, it underlined the need to scale...

National Grid to launch two new demand side tools, urges firms to sign up

Demand Side Response (DSR) is breathing new life into the UK’s energy system. It offers lucrative incentives to businesses that can reduce - or...
Lord Adonis to oversee delivery of energy infrastructure

National Infrastructure Commission to focus on energy storage and demand response

The new infrastructure body led by Lord Adonis has made balancing the UK’s power system a national priority. The National Infrastructure Commission will publish three...
Energy secretary Amber Rudd: We can manage winter but we need more power stations.

Rudd: Price spikes from tight winter margins will not hurt customers

The lesson learned from last week’s tight margin call by National Grid is that security of supply must be the government’s core focus, according to...
National Grid's Cordi O'Hara calls for more demand side response to balance UK power system

National Grid: Tight power margin call ‘business as usual’ not blackout indicator

National Grid has moved to play down blackout fears following a notice of insufficient margin (NISM) yesterday. The system operator issued its first NISM for...
Major energy users most at risk from spiky winter energy prices

Energy price spikes or not, flexibility unviable for major users

Large industrial and commercial businesses have most to lose from spiky winter energy prices, but there is not much more they can do in...

Keep calm and scale demand response, says Scottish energy security inquiry

There is no need to panic about blackouts, an inquiry into Scotland’s energy security has been told. However, the committee has called for an...
Ofgem boss Dermot Nolan says regulatory change is coming.

Ofgem boss flags rule changes to speed demand response

Ofgem boss Dermot Nolan has hinted at “radical” reform to speed the uptake of services such as demand response aggregation. Perhaps he should revisit half...

Winter is coming, says National Grid as Flexitricity warns demand response cannot be rushed

National Grid has reiterated faith in its ability to keep the lights on over winter despite thin margins. The system operator’s winter outlook shows...

National Grid plots superfast grid balancing service

National Grid is planning a grid balancing service an order of magnitude faster than current operations. The system operator seeks expressions of interest from...

National Grid flags demand response changes, urges TPIs and suppliers to deliver

National Grid has indicated that changes to demand side response mechanisms may come as early as next year. Speaking at a breakfast briefing hosted by...

Demand side response: Free breakfast briefing with National Grid for Energyst readers

National Grid wants more businesses to help balance the UK power system via demand side response (DSR) programmes. The system operator has committed to...

National Grid must simplify demand side response to bring in UK businesses

National Grid must simplify demand side response programmes if it is to meet its ambitious targets, according to business leaders. The system operator has set...