UK Power Networks launches biggest-ever flexibility tender

UK Power Networks intends to free up energy capacity across the network to connect more renewables and low-carbon technologies with its new Flexibility Tender.

Building on the previous tenders run over the last six years, UK Power Networks is now procuring flexibility across 1,000 areas in London, South East and East of England, where customers can opt in to be paid for ‘flexibility’ during periods of peak electricity consumption or excess renewable generation by changing their pattern of energy use – for example charging their electric car at a different time. This could unlock more than 500MW of capacity.

Without flexibility, distribution networks will need to upgrade equipment or build more infrastructure to manage peak demand or to reduce the output of generators.

The scheme is open to businesses with at least 10kW of flexibility in a constrained area. Households may participate through registered energy suppliers or aggregators.

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