1.6GW of flexibility has been contracted by Britain’s distribution network operators during 2021 to date, up from 45% on 2020 levels, the Energy Networks Association has found.
Figures released on 31 July by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) have revealed record levels of flexibility has been contracted since the beginning of 2021 to date (1.6GW), and this is set to increase further in the coming months.
This flexibility will support the electricity networks during peak periods and is equal to connecting 32,000 rapid EV chargers to the grid or half the size of the proposed nuclear power station at Hinckley Point C.
The ENA pointed out that this growth is driven by the adoption of a “flexibility first” approach by network operators ahead of the traditional approaches to solving congestion on the grid.
The ENA published the figures to coincide with its wide-reaching consultation. The consultation closes on 24 September.
GridBeyond’s Managing Director UK & Ireland, Mark Davis said:
“Flexibility is a key enabler of delivering a green recovery as it helps the grid to meet Britain’s energy and climate targets. Figures from the government’s recent Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan show that it could also reduce annual energy system costs by £10B a year by 2050.
“While services have so far tended to focus on the industrial and commercial sectors, the next big step is harnessing the power of flexibility through EVs and battery storage systems – delivering direct benefits to customers across the country.”