WPD contracts 119MW of flexibility


Western Power Distribution said it has awarded flexibility contracts totalling 119MW following its latest procurement round.

The DNO awarded contracts to 35 participants operating a total of 87 assets across 17 of constraint management zones (CMZs).

Thirteen of the zones will require flexibility over this winter, the remaining four for summer 2020.

WPD said all of those zones have ongoing requirements forecast out to 2024.

“The results of this latest procurement round show a large increase in the amount of participants, proving confidence in DSO flexibility markets is growing,” said network strategy manager, Ben Godfrey. “It’s evident that more providers are able to participate confidently in distribution flexibility.”

In the most recent tender, WPD offered bidders the option of short and long-term contracts, with contract lengths and lack of visibility often raised as challenges by DSR and flexibility providers.

“We saw an equal split of preferences with 50 per cent of respondents requesting longer term contracts while the other 50 per cent chose one-year contracts,” said Godfrey.

WPD will release a full report detailing the procurement results later this month. It plans to procure flexibility in further locations next year and will open a procurement window on 3 February 2020.

Read an interview with WPD’s Ben Godfrey, plus other DNOs on flex procurement and the direction of travel, in The Energyst’s 2019 DSR report, available here as a free download.

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