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


cradlepicAs government confirms it will consult in spring on bringing down the barriers to demand side response (DSR), battery storage and smarter grids, DSR provider Open Energi announces a major deal with Tarmac.

The firm will add its frequency response technology to the construction giant’s 200 bitumen tanks so that they can provide grid balancing services.

Open Energy calls it technology ‘Dynamic Demand’ and says it suits stored energy devices such as bitumen tanks. That’s because although they need energy, as long as they operate between expected temperature limits, it does not matter precisely when that energy is used.

Because its provides frequency response to National Grid, which is one of the fastest forms of demand response, the payments in return are more lucrative.

The technology has been installed at 50 Tarmac sites, with a further 20 to follow early in the new year.

Meanwhile the department of energy and climate change has produced a report outlining the transition to a smarter energy system and the hurdles regulators, policymakers and industry must clear to get there. It states that Decc will consult in spring to build the evidence base and test options for the smarter energy grid before outlining future policy direction in autumn 2016.

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