DSR is about building flexibility into the grid

DSR is about flexibility; making the electricity system responsive to changes in supply and demand, and dampening spikes and troughs. This in turn helps to make electricity more affordable throughout the supply chain, as well as more resilient and flexible at times of system stress.

DSR isn’t a case of businesses and facilities shuttering operations at the sudden request of National Grid. Instead, it’s about understanding the controllability of electrical assets and optimising their performance around peaks and troughs in power demand in a way that also helps stabilise the grid.

Can you businesses take part in DSR?

The most obvious beneficiaries of DSR are organisations with energy-intensive day-to-day operations, which have a significant financial incentive to avoid peak electricity costs and can have a noticeable impact on balancing supply and demand.

However, DSR markets are also open to smaller electricity consumers and generators. What’s important is the flexibility of your electrical assets – both power consuming and generating.

DSR participants must be able to shift their level of electricity demand up or down often within seconds of the grid’s request.

Meeting these requirements can depend on technology that enables organisations to automate their electrical assets to respond immediately to grid needs.

Other technologies, such as batteries, that can immediately discharge power to grid or absorb and store excess electricity, providing valuable instantaneous power inertia to the grid. Batteries, both up-stream and behind-the-meter are expected to play an important role in balancing an increasingly intermittent power system.

For more information, please contact us.



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