Northern Powergrid steps up DSR plans, joins Piclo platform

McKenna: Will be engaging businesses to see what flexibility they can deliver

Northern Powergrid is stepping up plans to use flexibility, or demand-side response (DSR) over traditional network reinforcement and has become the latest distribution network operator to join the Piclo flexibility platform.

Northern Powergrid signalled intent to procure flexibility earlier this year. Those plans are now taking shape. The DNO has hired Andrew McKenna as flexibility services lead and signed up to Piclo’s platform, becoming the fourth DNO to trial the matchmaking service.

McKenna, who joins from Drax, will help drive an initial assessment of flexibility within the DNO’s region, engaging with businesses that could potentially provide flexibility and outline where it may need that flexibility going forward.

UK Power Networks, Scottish & Southern Energy Networks and Electricity North West are also using the Piclo platform, which works by bringing together buyers of flexibility with sellers of flexibility that match their needs and location.

It ultimately aims to become an online marketplace for location-specific flexibility.

Piclo CEO James Johnston will outline the firm’s plans at the DSR Event, tomorrow, in London.

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Northern Powergrid begins network digitisation, eyes DSR procurement

Electricity North West signs up to Piclo platform, plans 36MW DSR tender

UK Power Networks partners with Open Utility on flex trial

SSEN to trial Open Utilities flex procurement platform

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