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Editor: David Keighley
13th August 2015

The warnings have already begun. As the National Grid warns that the UK's spare electricity capacity could fall to critically low levels this winter, industry is being urged to plan for an appropriate demand side response - such as altered shift patterns or on-site generation during peak demand periods - in order to avoid power outages.

"We are already working with many of our customers to ascertain how they can take advantage of demand side response opportunities through schemes such as the National Grid's Demand Side Balancing Reserve and Supplemental Balancing Reserve plus the Short-term Operating Reserve (STOR) market," says npower's Wayne Mitchell.

At Schneider Electric, energy efficiency expert David Lewis said: "While there are clear challenges and fundamental shifts to renewable sources, we cannot overlook the huge opportunities in smarter energy. The transition from brown to green energy overlooks the 'fifth fuel' - energy efficiency. Two-thirds of energy is lost in generation and transmission of electricity. Reducing demand has a far greater impact than new sources of capacity."

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David Keighley

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