Demand-Side Response (DSR) is any method of reducing electrical use, in response to peaking demand on the National Grid. It allows system operators such as the National Grid to avoid using expensive and polluting “peaking” power stations.
SSE works in close partnership with KiWi Power as a commercial aggregator of Demand-Side Response to the National Grid. Together, we provide a wide range of contingency power and demand management technical services, working with our customers to define Demand Management strategies to ensure successful performance during Demand-Side Response events.
Our customers are paid by the National Grid for each kilowatt of demand that can be temporarily turned down, at peak times. It is more economical for National Grid to pay businesses to reduce demand than to pay for peaking power stations to be on standby.
SSE takes a unique approach to Demand Management strategies. We review each site on its own merit. We then choose the best Demand-Side Response options for you and your individual site. This then allows us to maximise value whilst minimising risk.
Participation in the energy markets is complex and technically challenging; we remove this complexity with a simple, no-cost, risk-managed programme that delivers a new, recurring revenue stream. We recognise the sensitivity of operations on site and create bespoke Demand Management strategies together with our customers that fit their business needs.
Participating in a Demand-Side Response programme has significant benefits, and we have made joining the scheme effortless. Our experience and focus on Demand-Side Response operations allow facilities to realise maximum benefits from participation. During the site assessment process, we take the time to understand the electrical consumption profile of your site. We use best practices and extensive knowledge of facilities, energy and project management.
Demand-Side Response and energy efficiency go hand-in-hand, even if a facility has already undergone measures to increase energy efficiency, such as installing LED lighting and occupancy sensors or improved temperature control for HVAC systems. Demand-Side Response can further optimise energy use through additional short-term efficiencies and management of peaks. Demand-Side Response is also an ideal first step towards becoming energy efficient.
From Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR), through Demand-Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) and DNO (Distribution Network Operator) Programmes, to Capacity Mechanism and beyond – more Demand-Side Response is required to ‘keep the lights on’, and we are best placed to guide and partner you on the journey.