DSR needs new commercial frameworks to succeed, warns DNO

Posted 28 September 2015 by Energy Networks Association in Smart Consumers, Smarter Networks

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Demand side response (DSR) could play a bigger role in shaving peak electricity demand at distribution level but new commercial frameworks are needed to prevent clashes of interest with National Grid, according to a DNO.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) said that DNO trials to test the viability of using demand side response for managing network loads have run into problems as conflicts with National Grid’s balancing mechanisms cause price escalation.

In a feedback report from WPDs Falcon project – a £10 million research initiative into the potential of a variety of engineering and service solutions to create flexible, smart, low carbon electricity networks – experts said that competition for asset availability have caused significant problems in DSR trials.