UK Power Networks has unveiled proposals for 25 “flexibility first” zones across London, the south-east and east of England.

The UK’s largest distribution network operator will use the Piclo online platform to match energy providers’ resources with the network operator’s local need for flexible energy resources.

All 25 zones will be live on the platform by the end of this month, with some already online.

Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Head of Smart Grid Development at UK Power Networks, said: “Stakeholders told us they wanted more certainty in the process and the opportunity to bid for longer-term contracts, so that’s what we are delivering.”

100MW of flexible services

The company aims to procure more than 100MW of flexibility services from distributed energy resources (DER).

The first tender will cover services in winter 2019-20 and a second for services in winter 2020-21.

The tender process will take place in the first quarter of 2019 and providers will be able to bid for longer-term contracts from one to four years.

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