UKPN budgets £12 million for DR portfolio

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UK Power Networks (UKPN) has budgeted £12 million to purchase demand-side response in an effort to bolster its grids in the east and southeast of England.

The distribution network operator (DNO) has identified the need for more than 200MW in demand response to offset load-related grid reinforcement processes over the next four years, which would need to come online by the start of the 2020 winter season.

The DNO has both dropped the capacity requirement for participants to 50KW in an effort to boost participation from local companies, and has extended the deadline to 12 March.

What the DNO needs now is more participation from local companies in 28 locations that are able to reduce consumption or increase generation on demand and who are able to meet the winter requirement.

“It is early days for the flexibility market, but we’re fully committed to it. The sums we’re investing will ultimately save customers money by extending the life of our existing infrastructure,” said Sotiris Georgiopoulos, UKPN’s head of smart grid development.