The electricity sector is undergoing significant change as a key facilitator in the transition to a low carbon economy. The Distribution and Transmission network companies are having to rethink how they intend to build, operate and maintain the electricity networks.
An area of significant interest to the network companies is Demand Side Response (DSR) – whereby customers choose to respond to a signal to change the amount of energy they consume from the electricity network at a particular time.
DSR has the potential to contribute significantly to the transition to a low carbon economy. It has the potential to enhance security of supply, contribute to sustainable energy development through
facilitating the low carbon technology roll out and can have a positive impact (reduction) on the rate of growth of consumer bills if managed/designed appropriately.
In April 2014, the Energy Networks Associations (ENA) issued a Demand Side Response (DSR) Shared Services Framework Concept Paper for industry consultation. The paper was developed through the collaborative working of members of the ENA Demand Side Services Shared Services Group (the DSR group), which had the remit to gain an understanding: