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Western Power Distribution opens door for flexibility with new tender

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Western Power Distribution (WPD) is expanding its flexibility offering, opening a tender window for the procurement of demand response services.

In the DNO’s latest move towards flexibility services, WPD is seeking demand response services totalling 93.4MW across 12 locations. WPD was the last DNO in Great Britain to sign up to flexibility platform Piclo at the end of 2018.

The tender comes under WPD’s Flexible Power brand, created to deliver the procurement of flexibility services. It was first developed through a trial funded through Ofgem’s NIA Incentive and fully adopted by WPD in June of last year.

The 12 locations span several counties across WPD’s service areas, with services required in Banbury, Bridgwater, Donnington, Lincoln, Coalville, Plymouth, Newton Abbot, Radstock, Woodhall Spa, Rugeley and Smethwick.

WPD has released a postcode checker as well as full details of the requirements of each zone, including locations, which months each zone needs flexibility, the required availability windows, and the MWhs needed for each month.

The tender window closes 22 April with more zones to be released for procurement in July.

WPD is not the only DNO investing in flexibility, with UK Power Networks announcing £12 million of funding for flexibility services last month and Northern Powergrid launching an expression of interest for its customers to provide flexibility.


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