WPD eyes 334MW of demand-side response

Yellow = flex megawatts required.

Western Power Distribution is going large on flex, aiming to procure 334MW of demand-side response (DSR) across a fifth of its network.

The distribution network operator said it is also looking at whether any other areas could more economically take flexibility over reinforcement.

WPD is using its own channel to procure DSR, alongside Piclo’s flex marketplace and the Cornwall Local Energy Market, running in tandem with Centrica.

The 334MW is across 42 zones in England and Wales, which all have a need within 2020/21. WPD has also signposted ongoing needs to 2024/25.

Those interested in selling balancing services to local grids can see where WPD requires flex via its postcode checker. The DNO has also produced a value calculator to give firms an idea of how much they can earn.

Key info:

  • 6 January – flexibility zones and supporting information published
  • 3 February – Invitation to tender (ITT) issued to all participants who have registered their interest and passed a pre-qualification stage
  • 13 March – ITT deadline
  • 3 April – Procurement results.

Interested parties need to register here. More details here, register for updates here.

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WPD contracts 119MW of flexibility

WPD signs deal with Piclo to boost flex procurement

SSE to deploy flex across entire network, down to household level

All DNOs trialling Piclo platform

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