How National Grid will work in partnership to balance the UK’s energy system.
System Operator National Grid is strengthening its commitment to the UK’s energy storage community with the creation of a dedicated Storage Working Group.
Its purpose is to provide those involved in storage with a platform to hear the latest industry developments from organisations such as the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), regulator Ofgem and National Grid.
The working group also offers an opportunity for the community to share its concerns or questions on storage directly with National Grid. The first two meetings have already taken place, with more to follow this year.
This latest development sits within National Grid’s expanded Power Responsive programme. Created back in 2015 to increase participation in demand side response (DSR), it has since been broadened to represent wider demand side flexibility, which includes a focus on energy storage.
In its role as System Operator, the National Grid has a duty to balance supply and demand on the UK’s energy system. And storage technology – which absorbs surplus electricity at times of excess generation and releases it when needed – can play a significant role in this balancing act.
Energy and battery storage are particularly valuable because they offer the potential for incredibly rapid response. In the event of volatility on the system, for example, the technology can release power to the grid in less than a second.
National Grid’s commitment to storage was also reflected in its introduction of the balancing products Enhanced Frequency Response and Demand Turn Up. Both provide opportunities for battery storage facilities to help manage the grid, earning revenue for their businesses as they do so.
Enhanced Frequency Response depends on sub-second response from providers. This makes it perfectly suited to businesses with battery assets.
Demand Turn Up, meanwhile, calls on providers to increase demand when demand is low – once again, this is well suited to the use of battery storage.
The System Operator has just run the tender for its Demand Turn Up Fixed Service in 2017. However, there is still an opportunity to tender in for the Flexible Service, which runs throughout the summer of 2017. Interested parties should contact the company’s Business Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01926 654 611.
Businesses that are interested in battery (and other forms of) storage – and who wish to receive updates and invitations to the Storage Working Group – should subscribe to Power Responsive. You’ll be prompted to indicate your interest in the working group during the registration process.
What is Power Responsive?
The Power Responsive programme was established in June 2015 as a stakeholder-led programme, facilitated by National Grid, to stimulate participation in demand side response (DSR). DSR is the term for services that incentivise energy users to turn up, turn down or shift their electricity use in real-time to keep the UK’s energy system balanced.
As it moved into its second year, the programme broadened its scope and increased its focus on energy storage and its growing relevance in a future energy mix. A key priority is to turn participation in DSR and other flexible technologies by industrial and commercial businesses into a mainstream opportunity by 2020.