12 Apr 2021

Greater Manchester Lancashire Cumbria

Electricity North West announces largest flexibility requirements

Electricity North West has officially launched its latest flexibility requirements, the largest in the business’ history.

The firm, which operates the power network for the north west, is calling for 300MW of flexibility from 2022-23 across 35 locations in its region.

The tender is Electricity North West’s eighth and takes its flexibility requirements up to 500MW across 70 areas in the north west.

Lois Clark, DSO Commercial Manager at Electricity North West said: “We are committed to simplifying our approach to flexibility to encourage participation and facilitate our journey to net zero carbon in the North West, and these are just a few of the changes we are implementing to demonstrate this commitment.”

Electricity North West has constantly adapted it’s its strategy since first procuring back in 2018. This tender sees the organisation introduce ceiling prices for each of the flexibility zones.

This tender is being conducted via the PicloFlex platform, and potential providers are encouraged to register onto the platform using the Dynamic Purchasing System and prequalify their assets by 2nd July 2021. The bidding window will be open from 19th – 20th July 2021.

All requirements will be issued using the latest Standard Flexibility Contract terms as developed by the Open Networks Project, and with the intention of using the Flexible Power portal for the operational management of these flexibility services.

From May 2021, Electricity North West is intending join Western Power Distribution, SP Energy Networks, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks and Northern Powergrid in collaborating on ‘Flexible Power’ to operate  their flexibility requirements.

The move is in response to customer feedback calling for a simpler way to engage in the distribution flexibility services market.

Electricty North West has also recently published the first edition of the recently introduced Distribution Flexibility Procurement Statement, which sets out the Distribution Network Operator's plans for procuring Flexibility Services for the upcoming regulatory year. The intention of which is to  support the Flexibility market in Great Britain as they cooperate with other DNOs and IDNOs to deliver simplicity, accessibility and transparency throughout its flexibility processes in this fast-developing new sector.

For more information about Electricity North West, please visit https://www.enwl.co.uk/zero-carbon/flexible-services/.