11th September 2020 | Posted by: Daniel Birkett | Industry News

Scottish Power Energy Networks has initiated a 95MW tender for flexibility services in partnership with an independent online marketplace.

SP Energy Networks and Piclo, an independent online marketplace has submitted a tender for flexibility services in 40 of its licensed areas across England, Scotland and Wales.

This will be the firm’s largest flexibility services tender - hoping to procure up to 650MW of energy capacity over a five-year period.

Contracts will cover a period from April 2023 to March 2028, across more than 1,000 sites. These sites have been made available due to an expected rise in demand over the next few years due to electric vehicle charging and additional heating measures.

SP Energy Networks has put plans in place to become a Distribution System Operator and believes extra access to flexibility services will play a major part in this transition.

This tender will allow them to develop smart and flexible solutions for the energy network which do not require additional infrastructure, such as new cabling and substations. This will ultimately reduce consumer costs and create a more resilient network.

Head of DSO at SP Energy Networks, Graham Campbell said: “Flexibility has a critical role to play and following the success of our last flexibility tender, we’re now taking it to a far larger scale. We are bringing to the market our flexibility needs for the period 2023 to 2028, allowing flexibility providers to invest now and work with us to help the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments meet ambitious net zero targets and stimulate the green economic recovery in the UK.”

Apollo Energy recently reported on the challenges European energy networks may face in terms of a lack of flexibility, read more here.