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The six-page edie explains guide helps sustainability professionals and energy managers understand how demand response can be used to cut unnecessary energy consumption

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.

edie Explains Demand Response

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Demand-response 'makes complete sense' for heavy industry

EXCLUSIVE: The business case for demand-response now makes "complete sense" and should be exploited alongside other emerging green technologies such as battery storage systems, one of Britain's largest construction materials suppliers has said.

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Final call: MPs urge UK to 'get a move on' with energy storage and demand response

In its last report before being disbanded, the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECC) has urged the UK Government to incentivise innovative energy storage and demand response technologies that could provide a clean, flexible and secure energy system fit for the future.

A gas demand response mechanism will allow large gas consumers to bid to reduce the amount of gas they use during times of system stress in exchange for payment

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The author of a new report which investigates the benefits of using demand-response measures to strengthen Britain's energy system has told edie that businesses can "quite easily" use the technology to reduce energy bills and improve green credentials.

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Demand response will form a "vital part of a secure, affordable and sustainable energy future" and shouldn't necessarily be viewed as a competitive alternative to the delayed Hinkley Point C nuclear project.

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Energy consultancy Inenco Group believes that the decision could indicate the Government is prioritising short-term cost over carbon reduction

National Grid 'risks undermining business confidence' with demand-side service withdrawal

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By remotely controlling electricity use, demand response has helped defer or avoid the expense of building extra peaking capacity

Virtual power plants: 10 of the best demand response projects in the UK

As demand response continues to gain traction among sustainability professionals and energy managers alike, edie rounds up some of the biggest and best projects across the UK that are demonstrating the vast economic and environmental potential that this burgeoning technology has to offer.

Oxford Brookes University. The new partnership between Open Energi and Prefect Controls will see student bedrooms provide crucial flexibility to the UK grid using demand response

Could demand response solve the university challenge of reducing student energy use?

Oxford Brookes University has become one of the first educational establishments in the UK to use demand response as a way of reducing energy usage in student accommodation.

By turning down demand instead of increasing supply, the report claims that up to 16% of the UK’s peak electricity requirements could be provided by businesses

Business-led demand response could generate £8bn for UK

Businesses could provide electricity equivalent to output of six new power stations by flexing demand and utilising better-enhance onsite generation projects, a new report from the Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has claimed.

(L-R): Stuart McLean, print centre manager at Herald and Times Group; and Ron Ramage, chief executive of Flexitricity

Demand response spreads to the media as Scottish publisher embraces smart-grid thinking

The Herald and Times Group has discovered a new revenue stream worth up to £250,000 after becoming the first newspaper group to sign up to Edinburgh-based aggregator Flexitricity's demand response initiative.

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Living Grid: British businesses join forces for demand-response energy system

Supermarket chain Sainsbury's, water company United Utilities and construction materials supplier Aggregate Industries have become founding partners of the Living Grid, a new demand-response 'energy ecosystem' which aims to create 200MW of flexible power across the UK.

In order to strike a steady power balance this summer, the National Grid is looking to promote demand response to businesses that use large amounts of electricity

National Grid to incentivise energy demand response during summer of excess

The National Grid will offer businesses money to shift their intensive power demand processes to periods of low demand as Britain prepares for a summer that will generate excess amounts of electricity.

Hanson’s West Drayton Asphalt Plant in the London Borough of Hillingdon. The building materials supplier is now being paid for taking this cleaner, cheaper and smarter approach to grid balancing

Hanson embraces demand response approach to energy management

Building materials supplier Hanson UK is pioneering a demand-side response approach to energy management, with the technology being rolled out to 29 of the company's quarries across the country.


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