Flexibility & network services
In order for increasingly localised and decentralised renewable generation projects, energy storage and electric vehicle charging to function effectively without an overhaul to the local and national grid networks, new approaches for flexibility need to be built into future energy systems and markets. Flexibility and demand response services provide new revenue opportunities for community energy organisations.
Definition of flexibility (from Project LEO)
A flexibility provider is a user who provides flexibility services by making temporary changes to the way they consume, generate, or store electricity when requested, to support a more efficient use of the energy network.
Guides to flexibility and demand-side services
- Project LEO - guide to the different flexibility services currently available and explanation of the benefits to groups
- Low Carbon Hub - webinar on the role of flexibility in a net zero energy system (watch below).
- Carbon Co-op and Regen - guide to local flexibility markets and how community energy organisations can get involved (download here)
- V2G Hub - website mapping Vehicle-to-Grid innovation projects around the world (bi-directional energy transfer from/to plug-in electric vehicles).
It can be challenging to build a viable business case around providing network flexibility services. The ENA has produced a guide on how to "stack" revenues from different flexibility markets (e.g. by contracting both with your regional distribution network operator and the national transmission network operator at the same time) - download below.
Distribution network operators' (DNOs) requirements and auctions
- Piclo Flex is an online marketplace where distribution network operators (DNOs) publish their future flexibility requirements and conduct auctions.
- The ENA created a single flexibility contract used by all DNOs (March 2021) - download here
- Electricity North West's flexibility services
- Northern Powergrid's flexibility services
- Scottish & Southern Energy Networks' flexibility services
- UK Power Networks' flexibility services
- Western Power Distribution's flexibility services
Community energy projects