ENW to pay businesses to help balance grid

ENW to pay businesses to help balance grid

Electricity North West is asking businesses in parts of the North West to generate more power, or reduce their energy usage at certain times, as part of a new flexible service.

Companies or individual customers who can generate electricity onto the network, or reduce how much they use at certain times, could help the network operator meet future demand at peak times, and receive payment in return.

Cara Blockley, Electricity North West's capacity manager, said: "We're all using more electricity and the traditional way to cope with increasing demand is to build a bigger network. But that's expensive and disruptive, so we're taking an innovative approach and asking customers if they can reduce demand at peak times or generate power locally in exchange for an incentive payment."

Electricity North West is looking for customers in these key locations where local substations are close to capacity:

  • Alston, near Carlisle, Cumbria
  • Blackfriars Road, Salford and Central Manchester
  • Cheetham Hill, North Manchester
  • Coniston, Cumbria
  • Easton, Cumbria
  • Stuart Street, Central and East Manchester
  • Nelson, East Lancashire

"We are constantly utilising new technology and alternative ways of managing our network," adds Blockley. "This will ensure we can continue to deliver an affordable, reliable and sustainable electricity supply for all our customers in the low carbon future.

"Flexible services is one of the techniques which will help us meet our customers' needs in an industry that is constantly changing.

"We hope that by joining forces with generators, storage operators and electricity consumers, we can meet demand in an efficient and more cost-effective way that will help to reduce customers' bills and protect the environment."

Companies interested in providing flexible services to Electricity North West are asked to complete a questionnaire and return it by 29 May 2018.

Electricity North West will run a competitive tender for contract delivery in winter 2018/2019 and winter 2019/2020.

DISCUSSION

Uwwalesenergy18logo300 550x250

Join major stakeholders and policy developers in the Welsh energy sector pave the way towards a sustainable low-carbon transition for Wales.

Networkfuturenet18confstacked300 550x250

The pace of change in the energy sector is accelerating and energy networks are charged with ensuring the systems used to power and heat the UK's homes keep pace.

Electricsparkistock000081979767large 550x250

Electricity North West, the region's network operator, is celebrating the results of its recent Switched On Energy Test as findings reveal the North West is a region of energy champions.

Featured

How will Energy Storage be deployed?

How will Energy Storage be deployed? While there’s a myriad of possible approaches to the deployment of energy storage, innovative business models are...