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WPD launches tender for 278MW peak flexibility requirement

The flexibility tender covers 41 locations across the Midlands, South West and South Wales. Image: WPD

The flexibility tender covers 41 locations across the Midlands, South West and South Wales. Image: WPD

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is launching a new flexibility tender covering 41 locations which have a combined peak requirement of 278.34MW.

These locations are spread across its network in the Midlands, South West and South Wales. Owners and operators of assets connected on the WPD network that have the ability to reduce their energy consumption or export energy at peak times where there is high demand could receive a financial incentive to do so through the tender.

Potential assets need to be situated within a constraint management zone (CMZ) in WPD’s network to be eligible.

WPD bi-annually procures flexibility to support its management of the network, with this enabling a greater volume of demand, generation and storage to be connected.

In January 2021, it tendered for 238.83MW across 38 locations, while the October before 222MW of flexible assets were awarded flexibility contracts.

Research from the Energy Networks Association found that record levels of local flexibility had been tendered for in 2021 as of July that year, with an uplift of 45% on 2020.

Contracts for this latest tender from WPD will be awarded on 4 April 2022, with the procurement results published on 18 April.

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