Power Responsive Conference Summary - 2016
Following the success of the Power Responsive Conference we are pleased to provide a summary of the day and speaker slides.
The move to a low carbon economy coupled with rapid advances in technology and innovation are transforming electricity supply. But supply is only half the story. The challenge now is to exploit new opportunities by changing the way we use electricity.
National Grid sits at the heart of the UK’s energy system. We know the way energy is managed is changing. And we see the value demand side solutions will bring. We want to play our part and help facilitate the rapid growth of demand side solutions.
Demand side response is intelligent energy usage. By knowing when to increase, decrease or shift their electricity consumption, businesses and consumers will save on total energy costs and can reduce their carbon footprints.
Although in its infancy, demand side response is a reality. Together we can shape and share the possibilities created by demand side solutions.
Power Responsive is a framework for turning debate into action. It is a practical platform to galvanise businesses, suppliers, policy makers and others to seize the opportunity to shape the growth of demand side response collaboratively, and deliver it in practice at scale by 2020.
The goal of Power Responsive is for businesses and consumers to be efficient energy users, save on total energy costs and secure our energy now and in the future. Ultimately, this will create sustainability for us all.
The real strength of Power Responsive is in the collective. The more businesses that get involved the bigger the impact, and the greater the chain reaction in bringing demand side response to scale. Everybody can play a role. And everybody can benefit.
Power Responsive is a practical platform and a focal point for organisations to LEAD by example, LEARN from example and SHARE examples:
LEAD by example means leading. Implementing new ways of working and policies that benefit businesses and consumers and create new patterns of electricity demand.
LEARN from example is building. Being ready. Creating the environment and conditions to maximise the opportunities by implementing Power Responsive measures.
SHARE examples is supporting. Providing the blueprints for other organisations to become Power Responsive.
Power Responsive is a stakeholder-led collaborative programme of work that aims to grow participation of demand side response in UK by 2020. See below for the latest updates.Campaign Plan
The Power Responsive Steering Group is a representative senior group of stakeholders from the energy industry and large demand customers. Meeting quarterly, this group will steer the direction of the campaign, with all stakeholders given the chance to input. The outputs from each meeting are published below:
July 2016Meeting Summary Demand Side Flexibility: Market Evolution Snapshot
April 2016Meeting Summary Business Customer: Demand Side Response Snapshot
January 2016Meeting Summary Demand Side Response Market Summary
October 2015Terms of Reference Kick-Off Meeting Summary Kick-Off Meeting Handout
National Grid and the Major Energy Users' Council (MEUC) have just published a comprehensive guide on Demand Side Response (DSR). The guide aims to provide MEUC members and large demand users with all the information they need in order to profit from opportunities in DSR. Download the guide by following the link below.DSR Guide
We have also published a two page summary of the demand side opportunities for large energy users by category and procurer. This Product Map can be downloaded by following the link below.Product Map
As the National Electricity System Operator, National Grid procures Balancing Services as tools to carry out this role in an economic and efficient way. Balancing Services offer opportunities to get involved in demand side response and earn revenue for your business. The statement below outlines how to get involved and a view from National Grid on future balancing services in the next 5 to 10 years.Balancing Services Statement
See below for opportunities to get involved in the development of new Balancing Services with National Grid...
Demand Turn Up is a new service from National Grid, which will pay businesses to increase demand when there’s too much energy in the system, for example on a sunny summer's day. Full details on this service, are contained on the Demand Turn Up pages on the National Grid website - follow the link below.Demand Turn Up link
National Grid is looking to procure a volume of enhanced frequency response through a tendering exercise. For more information on this opportunity follow the link below.Enhanced Frequency Response link
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Following the success of the Power Responsive Conference we are pleased to provide a summary of the day and speaker slides.
See below for material from the 18th June 2015 Power Responsive launch event…
Read Steve Holliday’s introduction to Power Responsive:
Thanks to an innovative partnership approach to demand side response (DSR), Oxford Brookes is unlocking vital flexibility from its student accommodation blocks. It’s all part of a wider sustainability strategy to leave a positive mark on the world. Gavin Hodgson, Energy and Carbon Reduction Specialist at Oxford Brookes explains.
Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water is a not-for-profit water company committed to serving its customers. Thanks to demand side response (DSR), it has found that managing its energy demand more flexibly means it can do the right thing for its customers and the country. Mike Pedley, Head of Energy for Welsh Water, explains more.
James Brand, Managing Director of United Cast Bar, a leading foundry based in Chesterfield, is a firm fan of Firm Frequency Response (FFR). Here he explains why.
Dr Alastair Martin, CSO, Flexitricity takes a look at some common myths relating to demand side response and gives his view on the opportunities that are available.
An awareness campaign on energy charges at one of the UK & Ireland’s largest manufacturing firms has reaped significant savings and also helped it play a part in ensuring the nation’s electricity network is able to meet demand. Michael Dickinson, Engineering Manager Glass Industry UK & Ireland for Saint-Gobain, explains more.
It’s a well reported fact that electricity margins are tighter than they have been for a number of years and there has been growing interest in how we balance energy supply and demand. Chris Kimmett, Commercial Manager at Open Energi explores some of the key issues.
Robert Owens, Vice President Demand Side Management, attended National Grid’s Power Responsive Conference last week (June 2016). Here he shares his thoughts on the programme and how SmartestEnergy is supporting it.
It started with bitumen tanks and who knows where it might end? Donna Hunt, Head of Sustainability at Aggregate Industries, relates how her company is broadening its thinking to take full advantage of the possibilities of demand side response.
As interest continues to grow in Demand Side Response (DSR), more and more businesses are exploring the opportunities that exist in turning down their power demand at peak times. One business that is helping its clients take maximum advantage is Incentive Carbon Management. Board Director Bill Pollard explains.
Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust was one of the first NHS Trusts to see the potential of demand side response (DSR) for generating revenue while helping balance supply and demand across the grid. Dr Vall Rasaratnam, formerly Energy and Sustainability Manager at Colchester, explains.
There are five priority areas of focus, as Andrew Burgess, Associate Partner, Energy Systems at Ofgem explains.
After successful trials, Marriott International Europe has embraced Demand Side Response (DSR). John Conlon, Head of Engineering and Facilities, tells us why the chain has rolled out the red carpet for DSR.
North West water company United Utilities is well on the way to building a “virtual power station.” Energy manager Andy Pennick describes how getting smarter with energy use can pay dividends and boost green credentials.
Modernising the UK's electricity grid is crucial if the country is to meet its global carbon commitment. Leigh Draper, Communications and Special Projects Manager at energy innovator UK Power Reserve, explains why we’ve got to be smart about it.
The University of East Anglia has around 15,000 students and 4,000 staff, spread over a campus of 320 acres just outside Norwich. This centre of higher education has found that the benefits of Demand Side Response (DSR) are, well… elementary. Martyn Newton, Assistant Director of Estates and Buildings, explains why.
With everything from a distribution centre to convenience stores spread across three counties, the East of England Co-operative has switched on to the Demand Side Response campaign. The organisation’s Energy Manager, Glyn Lee, explains how.
The UK’s energy supply is a balancing act like no other – managing demand takes careful planning and experience. David Hill, Business Development Director at Open Energi, explains why Demand Side Response (DSR) is a game changing evolution in the way we manage our energy.
To make the most of the UK’s huge renewable potential, we need to evolve towards a smarter electricity market – one where demand, as well as generation, is managed on a second-by-second basis. Juliet Davenport, CEO of Good Energy, explains.
Tomorrow’s electricity landscape will look very different to that of today. Demand Side Response (DSR) will play an increasingly vital role in building a secure, sustainable and affordable electricity system for the future. National Grid CEO Steve Holliday explains the significance of DSR and the rationale for the launch of Power Responsive, which aims to fuel the engine of new demand solutions.
For E.ON, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of electricity and gas, demand side response is part of a wider energy market picture that must focus on flexibility, fairness and lowest cost for consumers.
Some of the UK’s biggest energy consumers are supporting plans to boost the use of demand side measures. Russell Fleetwood, Generation Manager at London Underground, explains how and why his company is getting on board.
Northern Powergrid has pioneered the Customer-Led Network Revolution, an ambitious trial designed to unlock the future potential of a smarter electricity grid. The four-year programme, working with domestic and commercial customers, has identified some of the big challenges still ahead.
Sainsbury’s is investing millions of pounds every year to improve its energy efficiency and infrastructure. One innovative demand side solution could be to harness a network of stand-by generators at 400 locations nationwide, but connecting them to the grid is no easy feat. Senior Energy Manager David Penfold explains why.
America leads the way in the demand side response (DSR) market, but in the UK the landscape is changing fast as businesses quickly come round to the fact that there are potentially major benefits from becoming involved in the sector. Erik Nygard, co-founder of Limejump, explains.
Costain has forged a reputation as one of the UK’s foremost construction and engineering solutions businesses. Now the company is entering a new sphere by helping customers to maximise their energy assets through the power of demand response.
Eddie Proffitt, the MEUC’s Technical Director, explains why more needs to be done before its members fully embrace Demand Side Response (DSR).
Flexibility can be found in any industrial space. And here at REstore – Europe’s largest aggregator – we operate Demand Response programmes at 125 sites across Belgium, UK and France, connecting industrial consumers and utilities. But we always stress that a core understanding of the manufacturing processes is imperative to effectively implement a Demand Response strategy…
Demand side solutions can help balance the electricity network. By knowing when to increase, decrease or shift their electricity usage, businesses can earn revenue, save on total energy costs and reduce their carbon footprints. Stuart Lloyd, Chief Engineer of Norish, a cold storage and logistics company, explains how it works for them.