National Grid confirms cull of frequency response products


National Grid has confirmed it will no longer actively procure a range of balancing products in their current formats.

The System Operator is undertaking a major overhaul and rationalisation of its suite of balancing services. It plans to publish further detail on its new procurement plans and products over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, National Grid has confirmed that it will no longer procure Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR), Rapid Frequency Response, FFR Bridging, Frequency Control by Demand Management, Enhanced Optional Stor, Stor Runway, Max Gen and Fast Start.

 The System Operator said it would honour existing contracts for such services, but will no longer actively procure these services in their current form.

Meanwhile, National Grid also outlined steps it is taking to increase transparency around its procurement processes, requirements and decision making.

See the letter to stakeholders here.

Meanwhile, a synopsis of National Grid’s latest Power Responsive stakeholder meeting can be found here: Power Responsive Steering Group Report – October 2017 while its Flexibility Forum Report – September 2017 may also be of interest to firms providing balancing services.

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