Demanding times

Demanding times

Managing Britain's demand for electricity

Regulators, policymakers and network operators all agree that Demand Side Response (DSR) will play an increasingly important role across the electricity system. The National Infrastructure Commission’s (NIC’s) recently published “Smart Power” report found that flexible demand, together with greater use of storage and interconnection, could save UK consumers up to £8bn a year by 2030. However, “DSR” covers a wide range of tools and techniques, and the division between demand and generation is not always clear. Frontier’s recent report for DECC, which the NIC study draws upon, unpicks some of the complexities in this area.

Demanding times, managing Britain's demand for electricity