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How are we procuring flexibility?

Our approach to procurement is based around two procurement cycles per year. As far as possible we will align our procurement activity to these biannual windows but if an urgent and unforeseen flexibility need should arise outside these windows, we may publish an additional invitation to tender.

We will

  • signpost the flexibility requirements on the Where are we procuring page of this website.
  • issue a contract notice on ‘Find a Tender’ to advertise the Northern Powergrid Dynamic Purchasing System which will be used to establish the tender lists for each flexibility tender.
  • We use a Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) for our flexibility requirements. The DPS is open all year round. Potential suppliers should pass the pre-qualification questionnaire to be included on the DPS and receive an invitation to tender for our flexibility requirements.

To participate in flexibility tenders you should:

Step 1

If you're new to Piclo Flex then create an account via the registration page. After an account has been created, we recommend FSPS upload applicable assets. Find out more about uploading assets here. 

Step 2

Qualification will open in the week of the 02nd October and FSPS will be required to complete our DPS/Company Qualification application from this date onwards until qualification closes on the 16th October. Find out more about the DPS application here.

More tender details will follow soon!

In the meantime, we're very happy to chat with FSPs so if you have any questions or would like to set up a 1-2-1 meeting with one of our team, email us at 


Autumn Tender Key Dates:



Qualification Opens

02 Oct 2023

DPS registration deadline

16 Oct 2023

Asset registration deadline

24 Oct 2023