National Grid is designing smart grid programmes which will increase its visibility into how energy is used and lower energy costs for its customers.
In an informational outreach forum Thursday, July 27, in the Lynn City Hall for residents of Lynn, Swampscott, Marblehead and Nahant in Massachusetts, Marcy Reed, president of National Grid, Massachusetts, said: "We believe having these programmes allow customers to make smarter choices and save money."
National Grid is designing various demand response programmes, making use of price signals alerting customers to the cost of electricity at various times during a day.
According to local news sources, these programmes were developed to counter offers by other providers to sell electricity at lower cost, a result of deregulation in 1996.
Marcy Reed noted that other electricity distributors are allowed to sell electricity at different prices because they are allowed to buy electricity at various times during the year, unlike National Grid which is only allowed to negotiate prices and buy power two times a year.
“They don’t have to buy the way we do and can react to the market,” she said.
Reed added that the use of alternative suppliers is “significant” among National Grid industrial consumers. She explained that sometimes use of an alternative supplier will save consumers money and other times it doesn’t, but no analysis has been made.
UK Networks collaborates with National Grid
UK Power Networks and National Grid have launched an active network management scheme to boost grid capacity as well as simplify connections for generators.
The new scheme is aimed at boosting grid capacity in the South East of England as well as allowing generators to be linked up without the need for costly reinforcements.
UK Power Networks (UKPN) said that the move marks a significant step towards its transformation into a distribution system operator.
UKPN's head of smart grid development, Sotiris Georgiopoulos, said: "The role of the distribution networks is changing, and we need to work closely with the national transmission network operator to deliver cost-effective solutions. This is the first time in the UK that we see the distribution systems operator role in action, supporting the wider system." Read more...