Centrica develops Danish virtual system with 87,000 points


Centrica has won a contract to develop a virtual power plant for grid reliability in Denmark.

The utility will integrate 469MW of distributed renewable energy capacity installed in some 87,000 homes and businesses into a single system.

The 2-year contract covers grid balance services including energy forecasting, scheduling, dispatching, trading of production, balancing and settlement.

Centrica has won the contract from the Danish Transmission System Operator “Energinet’ via its subsidiary Neas Energy.

Neas Energy will collaborate with Danish retail electricity company Vindstoed for settlement.

The contract is part of the offtake obligation subsidy scheme.

Anders Bauditz, director & country head Denmark, said: “It requires a high degree of automation and innovative software to aggregate 87,000 individual installations into one balancing group and precisely manage the weather-driven generation within it. The precision and agility needed to minimise imbalances and trade out potential deviations is the type of complexity that our business is designed for.”