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Northern Powergrid is responsible for the electricity distribution network that powers everyday life for 8 million customers across 3.9 million homes and business in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.

The distribution network operator (DNO) invests around £1m a day on managing, maintaining and improving its network of more than 63,000 substations and 60,000 miles of overhead power lines and underground cables spanning 9,650 square miles.

Northern Powergrid is committed to making flexibility a key part of powering the UK towards net zero by 2050 and signalled this in its Distribution System Operator v1.1 development plan.  The plan outlines how implementing the Energy Networks Association’s six steps for delivering flexibility services will enable Northern Powergrid to work towards a more efficient, greener electricity system.  Flexible Power is a positive example of putting these principles into practice: working collaboratively with other industry partners to facilitate a more efficient electricity network for customers.

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Northern Powergrid has launched a new search for flexibility service 

Generators of electricity, businesses that consume a lot of energy and aggregators are among thoses being invited to express interest in providing flexibility services to Northern Powergrid across 12 locations in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire. 

The call is part of Northern Powergrid's continued commitment to developing a customer-centric flexibility plan that benefits the 3.9 million homes and businesses it delivers power to. The operator recently released it's emerging thinking  about its forthcoming business plan for 2023-28 regulatory period (RIIO ED2), in which it outlines the potential for a "flexibility first" approach to meeting the energy needs of its 8 million customers.  

Currently, the following analysis of feasible energy growth scenarios, Northern Powergrid is indicating needs for up to 19MW of flexibility services across the following areas: 

  • Doncaster 
  • Goole
  • Harrogate 
  • Heckmondwike 
  • Knottingley 
  • Leeds
  • Malton 
  • Middlesborough 
  • Scunthorpe 
  • Sheffield 
  • Whitley Bay 
  • York 

The aim of building flexible power grid management into these sites is to increase resilience, drive down costs and accelerate the more to a cleaner, more efficient power network. 

Asset operators looking to participate in providing flexibility services between 2023 - 2028 should express interest by emailing Northern Powergrid will then follow up with the interested parties. 

Details of flexibility requirements in each location are below and click here to find out more.