Public opinion on demand-side response: share your views!

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Mission Critical Power‘s sister title, The Energyst, is conducting its annual demand-side response and storage survey, to obtain views from those that have opted to provide flexibility from load or assets, and those that have not. The five-minute survey also seeks views around battery storage. The aim is to provide a snapshot of challenges and opportunities from an end-user perspective.

As energy-related failures can cost businesses as much as 17% of their annual revenue, the case for energy storage solutions to offer flexibility, reliability, security of supply and resilience, to organisations and the grid alike, is transparent and growing. Sites with back-up power are ideally positioned to help stabilise the grid, but, historically, they have been slow to come on board with grid balancing schemes due to fears over risk and loss of of control. However, the tide is starting to turn and critical sites such as hospitals, data centres and utilities are increasingly coming on board with DSR.

Michael Phelan, CEO of GridBeyond, believes that mission critical sites are ideally positioned to help balance the grid and support the use of renewables. “The whole grid is changing; there are a lot more renewables coming on to the grid. The electrical industry is going to have to come up with innovative ways to integrate renewables and solve the challenges that they pose.”

He believes that mission critical sites should take the lead, as participation can increase their resilience. However, he adds that sharing case studies and education will be important to building confidence and increasing uptake in the future.

An overwhelming majority of Energy Institute members also believe that the government should incentivise flexibility, either through markets or other forms of support. Polled for the Institute’s annual energy barometer, members suggested minimal progress has been made in energy system flexibility, and 82% support flexibility incentives.

EI members view lack of political will as the main barrier to scaling up flexibility. Other barriers were ‘lack of integration between energy systems’ and ‘current market structures around flexibility’, both of which were identified by about a third of respondents. Respondents to the survey believe grid-scale battery storage and demand-side response have the greatest growth potential over the next ten years. (See the full findings of the barometer here.)

Please take a few minutes to share your views to add to our industry understanding of the challenges, opportunities and current landscape, by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MCPDSR2019

 

 

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