edie launches free demand response guide for businesses
Organisations with an interest in using demand response to manage energy use now have access to a free, comprehensive 'edie explains' guide which breaks down all of the key information required to deploy the technology.
The new edie explains: Demand response business guide, produced in association with edie’s supporting partner Flexitricity, provides an in-depth summary of demand response, which balances peak electricity supply and demand curves by shifting consumption.
By balancing the grid, long-term, greater take-up of demand response among UK businesses could help negate the need for new fossil fuelfired generation plant. Plus, demand response is also a green energy enabler, making the less reliable output of renewable generation more attractive for UK business
But a number of key questions will need to be answered before any business turns to demand response technology to remotely control electricity use. What does demand response look like in practice? Is demand response suitable and appropriate for all organisations? And what are the business benefits?
The six-page edie explains guide answers all of these questions and more to help sustainability professionals and energy managers understand how demand response could be used to cut unnecessary energy consumption, utilise idle distributed generation capacity, and connect decentralised energy storage systems to the grid.
The guide concludes with a real-life demand response case study, provided by Flexitricity, which explores how commercial horticulturist Rainbow Growers has utilised demand response to allow up to 2.4MW of electricity generation capacity to be automatically turned on for short periods. Quoted within the case study is Rainbow Growers managing director Pleun van Malkenhorst, who said demand response “is an important way to reduce operating costs and make more efficient use of our generating capacity”.