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Industry seeks clarity on 2023-24 Demand Flexibility Service 

The government and Ofgem must “throw their weight behind” the upcoming iteration of the Demand Flexibility Service (DFS) to make it a success, industry body Energy UK has said. 

In an article, published on 21 August, Energy UK said it “is loud and clear”, in that National Grid ESO “can make the service even bigger and better, especially with the addition of greater participation from industrial and commercial customers”. But it warned that waiting until winter to deal with winter’s consequences will waste this opportunity. 

DFS, which was introduced last winter to help the UK cope with tight energy supplies, saved over 3,300MWh of electricity across the events, National Grid ESO has confirmed. In total, 1.6M households and businesses signed up to participate in 22 events across the winter, covering both live events to balance the electricity network and monthly test events to deliver savings for consumers and demonstrate how effective the system could be.  

GridBeyond was one of the approved providers of DFS service and by working with our clients over the winter we helped contribute a total delivered MWh across the five months of 190.01 MWh. 

DFS was introduced as an enhanced action to support operation of the network, the Demand Flexibility Service was used twice for live events in January 2023 to support the management of the network. While the ESO’s day-to-day operational tools allowed it to operate the network as normal without the active use of DFS to manage margins, this service demonstrated the level of interest and engagement in consumer flexibility. Consumers and businesses notably delivered their highest output for these live events, 20% higher than for regular monthly or onboarding test events. 

A formal consultation is in progress to determine the final terms of this years’ service, but in this webinar GridBeyond’s UK Market Strategy and Risk Manager Mitesh Gunputh will explore:  

Webinar:
Unlock savings and revenue potential with DFS
Thursday 21 September at 11.00am 

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