REstore wins DSR contract. 46 MW signed up to end-June, 2018.
REstore has been awarded a £6 million DSR Frequency Response contract by National Grid, the automated demand response company said June 29. The company has been contracted to provide 46 MW of Demand Side Frequency Response until the end of June, 2018. The portfolio is to deliver flexible power 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “This milestone is significant in delivering National Grid’s target to deliver 30%-50% of balancing services from demand side response by 2020,” REstore said.
Faced with the challenge of balancing the grid under increasingly volatile conditions, National Grid has designed a myriad of demand response programs to ease stress on the network by reducing demand. REstore manages 1.5 GW of flexible power, of which 545 MW are available at any time. It teams up with large industrial consumers, whose energy intensive processes lend themselves to short periods of curtailment for a limited number of times a year.
REstore monitors thousands of data points across its portfolio to optimize response in real time and deliver downward regulation. This helps National Grid manage the system in real time and is valued above legacy programs such as Frequency Control by Demand Management, or STOR (short term operating reserve), REstore said.
“As the portfolio grows, we become an even greater threat to traditional generation assets, meaning we are giving control to consumers to impact the system in real time,” said REstore’s UK VP Louis Burford.