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Now as at any other time, flexible electricity users form an essential part of the security of national electricity supplies. Demand-side response (DSR) is where electricity users adjust what they are doing from time to time in order to help National Grid keep supply and demand in constant balance. Flexitricity has remained fully operational throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, and our customers continue to earn revenue from flexibility as they help to keep the lights on.
Here we’ve answered some of the Covid-19 related questions we’ve been asked over the last few weeks. Please feel free to get in touch if you have any additional questions.
The triad dates for winter 2019/20 have now been released by National Grid. We’re delighted to confirm that Flexitricity has maintained our record of having run for all triad peaks since operations began in 2008.
Here’s what we know about the events beginning on Friday afternoon at around 4:52pm. (That’s BST, not GMT. Always check…)
Flexitricity was having a quiet afternoon, with most of our customers getting on with the day job, and just a few megawatts of Short Term Operating Reserve running at the time. We were also charging some battery capacity under Balancing Mechanism instruction. National electricity demand was a modest 28GW when, for as-yet-unannounced and probably mundane reasons, Little Barford power station tripped. It had been generating 664MW. Little Barford is a combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) of nineties vintage, snuggled next to the main east coast train line between London and Edinburgh. It’s owned by RWE.
Last week’s announcement of a new Distributed Resource Desk at National Grid’s control room pleased a lot of people, including all of Flexitricity and many of our customers. Unlike so many initiatives, the effect of this one has been immediately positive, and its long-term implications are profoundly beneficial for customers and for greener energy.
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Originally published on powerresponsive.com
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