How the UK Is Building Grid Markets to Reward Flexible Distributed Energy

By [email protected] Over the past few years, we’ve been covering the U.K.’s novel approach to enlisting rooftop solar, behind-the-meter batteries, electric vehicle chargers and grid-responsive appliances as an integral part of its power grids.

This nationwide “electricity system flexibility” effort has set a series of tasks before the country’s six distribution network operators (DNOs). First, they’ve built up the technology to monitor and manage these distributed energy resources (DERs) at a large scale. Next, they’ve begun signing long-term contracts, or “flexibility tenders,” to pay DER aggregators to promise to store and shift energy usage in key locations and times to avoid or

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