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
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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