Flexitricity lands £500k funding to bring smaller firms into DSR, seeks trial sites

Flexitricity lands £500k funding to bring smaller firms into DSR, seeks trial sites

In the Media01 September 2018

Flexitricity has landed almost £500k of government funding in order to try and bring smaller companies – and smaller sites of larger companies – into demand-side response (DSR).

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Edinburgh firm get smart with £20m in savings to UK businesses

Edinburgh firm get smart with £20m in savings to UK businesses

In the Media01 June 2018

An Edinburgh-based energy firm that started at a kitchen table is celebrating its tenth anniversary of “smart grid” operations, by announcing it has surpassed the £20 million mark in benefits for its customers.

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Flexitricity secures supply license with eye on balancing mechanism

Flexitricity secures supply license with eye on balancing mechanism

In the Media01 March 2018

Flexitricity has successfully secured gas and electricity supply licences from Ofgem, giving the demand response aggregator the green light to enter the balancing mechanism.

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Flexitricity inks DSR deal with Ameresco

Flexitricity inks DSR deal with Ameresco

In the Media14 February 2018

Ameresco has partnered with Flexitricity to provide demand side response (DSR) services to its industrial and commercial customers in the UK and Europe.

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Flexitricity to become energy supplier

Flexitricity to become energy supplier

In the Media20 December 2017

Demand response aggregator Flexitricity has announced plans to become an energy supplier. As well as offering specialist gas and electricity contracts to "targeted customers" from mid-2018, Flexitricity plans to use its supply licence to gain access to the Balancing Mechanism (BM)....

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Dr Alastair Martin: Switched-on customers changing energy market

Dr Alastair Martin: Switched-on customers changing energy market

In the Media15 June 2017

Are you too rich, too lazy or too stupid? Apparently, there's an even chance that you're one of these...

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Flexitricity cooks up castle move for office

Flexitricity cooks up castle move for office

In the Media25 May 2017

Pioneering method has prospered amid rapid growth

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Bright sparks responding quickly to power needs

Bright sparks responding quickly to power needs

In the Media19 April 2017

Using electricity more efficiently ensures that it's there when you need it, writes Alastair Martin

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Finding the sweet spot

Finding the sweet spot

In the Media13 April 2017

Dr Alastair Martin, founder and chief strategy officer at Flexitricity, discusses the importance of demand response within the data centre, the benefits of getting it right and the consequences of getting it wrong...

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edie Live exhibitor focus: Flexitricity

edie Live exhibitor focus: Flexitricity

In the Media29 March 2017

Demand response will form a "vital part of a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future" and shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a competitive alternative to the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear...

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In the heat of the moment

In the heat of the moment

In the Media22 March 2017

Combined heat and power (CHP) plants are playing an increasing role in boosting the flexibility of the country's electricity system. CHP is often in the form of small or med...

Gateshead fires up low-carbon district heating plant

Gateshead fires up low-carbon district heating plant

In the Media06 March 2017

New district energy centre will generate and supply low-carbon energy to homes and businesses in the UK's North East...

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Dispel the DSR myths

Dispel the DSR myths

In the Media14 February 2017

The importance of having a robust, reliable Demand Side Response (DSR) mechanism to fill in for failing power stations has never been clearer. Dr Alastair Martin explains...

Energy matters enough to force smart solutions

Energy matters enough to force smart solutions

In the Media03 February 2017

Heat networks in local energy centres are the foundations of future supply, says Alastair Martin. There won't be blackouts announced a recent headline. Whatever next?

District energy scheme to get £1m boost from DSR

District energy scheme to get £1m boost from DSR

In the Media23 January 2017

The Gateshead District Energy Scheme is to receive a £1 million boost from providing demand side response (DSR) to National Grid through a new partnership with demand response company Flexitricity...

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Flexible industry chops £40m from electricity bills, says Flexitricity chief

Flexible industry chops £40m from electricity bills, says Flexitricity chief

In the Media12 December 2016

Following the third annual auction for electricity capacity to keep Britain’s lights on, flexible industrial, commercial and public-sector energy users have handed a saving worth £40 million to bill-payers...

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Capacity market auction: reaction

Capacity market auction: reaction

In the Media09 December 2016

The latest capacity market auction has failed to clear at a high enough price to secure significant volumes of the new high-efficiency gas generation which the government wants built. Here is how the industry reacted...

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UK’s 'hidden' power stations to ease stressed grid

UK’s 'hidden' power stations to ease stressed grid

In the Media01 December 2016

CHP systems already used across the UK have the potential to boost the amount of power generated by renewable sources - and even partly replace fossil fuel power stations...

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edie launches free demand response guide for businesses

edie launches free demand response guide for businesses

In the Media08 November 2016

The new edie explains: Demand response business guide, produced in association with edie's supporting partner Flexitricity, provides an in-depth summary of demand response...

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Flexitricity shortlisted for the 2016 'Smart Utilities Award'

Flexitricity shortlisted for the 2016 'Smart Utilities Award'

In the Media07 October 2016

Flexitricity has been shortlisted for the 2016 Utility Week 'Smart Utilities Award', sponsered by Capgemini...

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Scottish energy chief enters the 'Fanciful Nonsense V. Smart Energy' debate to map out demand-side future

Scottish energy chief enters the 'Fanciful Nonsense V. Smart Energy' debate to map out demand-side future

In the Media06 September 2016

Scottish energy company, Flexitricity, has entered the current debate on the 'smart energy revolution' sparked by the GMB and National Grid...

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Demand response 'vital' even if Hinkley gets green light, says Flexitricity

Demand response 'vital' even if Hinkley gets green light, says Flexitricity

In the Media06 September 2016

Demand response will form a "vital part of a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future" and shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a competitive alternative to the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear...

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Market view: Triads and distributed generation

Market view: Triads and distributed generation

In the Media10 August 2016

The complaint that triad management is difficult has recently been swept aside by a new objection: triad management is too lucrative. Here's how triads work. First find the half-hour in which electricity demand peaked during the winter just past...

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Times helps to keep Scotland's lights on with new electricity partnership

Times helps to keep Scotland's lights on with new electricity partnership

In the Media04 July 2016

The Times: The Evening Times is helping to keep the lights on across Scotland through a new partnership with an energy firm. This newspaper, along with sister titles across the Herald and Times Group, has joined forces with electricity aggregator Flexitricity...

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National Grid recruits NHS hospitals to help keep the lights on

National Grid recruits NHS hospitals to help keep the lights on

In the Media20 June 2016

The Telegraph: Flexitricity, a demand-side response aggregator company, said it already had five NHS hospitals under contract with a capacity of 9.2MW, and was working with 25 more on potential projects that could bring another 71.6MW of capacity...

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Flexitricity Ensures the Health of the UK Energy System

Flexitricity Ensures the Health of the UK Energy System

In the Media06 June 2016

Hospital Management Magazine: In hospitals, the security of the electricity supply is of critical importance. It’s the norm for facilities management teams to put backup systems in place, such as on-site diesel generators, says Jill Cox...

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Contracts worth £4.5m on offer for businesses with spare power

Contracts worth £4.5m on offer for businesses with spare power

In the Media07 April 2016

The Hearld: Edinburgh-based Flexitricity is a 'demand response' specialist that collects extra energy from industrial users when there’s not enough coming from traditional power stations...

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A spark of genius

A spark of genius

In the Media24 March 2016

Alastair Martin, founder of energy technology firm Flexitricity, combines the cool, calm head of an engineer with the passionate heart of an environmentalist...

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Flexitricity unveils 'demand turn-up' system for harnessing wasted wind energy

Flexitricity unveils 'demand turn-up' system for harnessing wasted wind energy

In the Media11 February 2016

System contacts businesses to let them know when wind farm output is on the increase, allowing them to maximise use of clean power...

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Demand response: paving the way for a lower carbon economy

Demand response: paving the way for a lower carbon economy

In the Media28 January 2016

As the gap between supply and demand of energy in the UK becomes ever narrower, Alastair Martin, chief strategy officer of 'demand response' company Flexitricity...

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DSR aggregator slams capacity auction 'trap'

DSR aggregator slams capacity auction 'trap'

In the Media13 January 2016

The government’s initial arrangements to bring forward demand-side response are a “trap” that business customers wanting to participate in the market should avoid, according to the founder and chief strategy officer of the UK’s largest demand response aggregator...

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Work together to cut electricity demand, political parties urged

Work together to cut electricity demand, political parties urged

In the Media28 December 2015

The Hearld: WWF Scotland and Edinburgh-based company Flexitricity have stressed that implementing a concerted strategy regarding electricity consumption would mean Scotland...

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Unplanned shutdown of EDF's nuclear reactor

Unplanned shutdown of EDF's nuclear reactor

In the Media15 December 2015

Energy Live News: As a consequence, Edinburgh-based demand response provider Flexitricity was called to secure power supply by National Grid....

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Power-smart business can resist new charges

Power-smart business can resist new charges

In the Media15 December 2015

Electrical Engineering Mag: Industrial energy users must learn to flex their consumption to avoid new charges when the capacity market launches in 2018, according to demand response provider....

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Demand-side response: Dispelling the myths

Demand-side response: Dispelling the myths

In the Media03 December 2015

Energy Management Mag: Twelve years ago, when Flexitricity was in gestation, demand-side response (DSR) was unknown. With National Grid's recent pronouncement that DSR could...

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BBC Radio Interview - Alastair Martin

BBC Radio Interview - Alastair Martin

In the Media07 November 2015

Flexitricity's Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Alastair Martin, discussing Demand Response on BBC Radio Scotland. Interview at 01:52:40.

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National Grid spends more than £2.5m to prevent power shortages

National Grid spends more than £2.5m to prevent power shortages

In the Media05 November 2015

Guardian: National Grid spent millions of pounds seeking to prevent power shortages on Wednesday after using all but one of its “safety nets”....

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National Grid uses 'last resort' measures to keep UK lights on

National Grid uses 'last resort' measures to keep UK lights on

In the Media04 November 2015

Telegraph: Flexitricity, one of the companies coordinating businesses to take part in the scheme, said commercial energy users had reduced power at 46 sites, mostly by “turning down building ventilation”. This was primarily air conditioning at offices...

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Can National Grid pull off network rebalancing act?

Can National Grid pull off network rebalancing act?

In the Media21 October 2015

Mission Critical Power: The UK power system operator is attempting to reengineer the way it balances the electricity network. It wants to pay companies to rapidly respond to changes in system frequency...

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Winter is coming but no quick energy fixes warns Flexitricity

Winter is coming but no quick energy fixes warns Flexitricity

In the Media16 October 2015

The Energyst: Every site needs its time and to be properly understood before it goes in, Flexitricity founder Dr Alastair Martin told The Energyst. The company manages a portfolio of 300MW...

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BBC Radio Interview - Alastair Martin

BBC Radio Interview - Alastair Martin

In the Media14 September 2015

Flexitricity's Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Alastair Martin, discussing Demand Response on BBC Radio Scotland. Interview at 02:51.

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Consumer to turn producer?

Consumer to turn producer?

In the Media09 September 2015

Demand response provider Flexitricity claim that a shake-up in the country’s energy market could see businesses in all sectors become the power stations of the future.

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Flexibility key to averting tartan power cuts

Flexibility key to averting tartan power cuts

In the Media02 September 2015

The Scotsman: PLUCKING Longannet from near the top of the grid changes the economics of electricity transmission. It’s going to get more expensive to consume electricity in Scotland. Holyrood be warned. But is Scotland really short of energy? Is this the age of tartan power cuts?

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Never let a good crisis go to waste

Never let a good crisis go to waste

In the Media22 July 2015

The Telegraph: During Flexitricity’s early years, Britain’s power system really was in crisis. The 2006 heatwave blacked out parts of London, and that winter’s gas crunch hurt industry badly. 2008 and 2009 were marked by failures: in May 2008, Sizewell B and Longannet together took Britain as close to a black start situation as it had been in the previous 35 years.

New UK balancing costs to increase short-term trading

New UK balancing costs to increase short-term trading

In the Media15 April 2015

ICIS: Major reforms to the UK’s balancing market entering force later this year will trigger a shift-change in trading strategies in and outside of the wholesale market, increasing trade in short-term products, experts have told ICIS.

Does the UK need more STOR? An AMPS special report.

Does the UK need more STOR? An AMPS special report.

In the Media18 December 2013

AMPS report: With warnings of future blackouts – and energy prices set to become a key election issue – the spotlight is shining on power generation. In this article AMPS responds to the claims, arguing that while there is a legitimate issue with the reliability and stability of wind power STOR supplied by diesel generating-sets is an attractive solution to the ‘wind problem’...

Balancing Supply and Demand

Balancing Supply and Demand

In the Media17 April 2013

EcoReport: What’s the government’s top environmental priority? That’s debatable, but “the establishment of a smart grid” headed the environment list in the May 2010 coalition agreement. And they really mean it. It’s hard to get a government minister – or a shadow – through a meeting without some mention of this game-changing concept.