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Published on 7th November 2018 Categories: Buildings, Utilities & fuel

Title: University of Edinburgh save £108,000 through our Demand Side Response framework


As one of the most prestigious higher education establishments in the world, the University of Edinburgh (UoE) needs no introduction. As such, they are embracing the distinctly modern world of demand side response to enable them to make savings and generate income that can be reinvested in core priorities.

Demand side response aims to support the National Grid in delivering a consistent and reliable supply of electricity to the whole of the United Kingdom. Participants switch to their on site generation at times where demand on the National Grid is high, and get rewarded in savings and/or revenue for doing so. This aims to use electricity more effectively rather than finding ways to generate more.

David Jack, Energy Manager at the University of Edinburgh, details the key driver for getting involved in demand side response: “We could see that we were paying more in certain parts of our bills to support market changes so similarly we should benefit from the opportunities generated too.”

The Solution

The university joined our Demand Side Response framework back in 2015 to award their contract to Flexitricity Ltd, one of the 6 suppliers on the framework. They are now working with Flexitricity to  use their on-site diesel and Combined Heat & Power (CHP) electricity generation to access savings and revenue from multiple demand side response services.

One of these services is Triad management. The supplier monitors electricity demand in the UK, and predicts when the 3 highest points of demand will be during the year. When these peaks in demand, known as Triad periods, are predicted to occur, Flexitricity will instruct the site to switch to on site generation, or with their permission, can even do it for them remotely. This avoids the higher costs and the university receives rebates from the National Grid for participating.

The Results

Since using the framework to access demand side response services back in 2015, the university has saved approximately £108,000 by participating in Triad management services.

David Jack commented, “Triad rebates in excess of £50,000 per annum are good to see. Especially in the knowledge that the process could be repeated in other areas of the campus”.

The university has gained over £150,000 in additional savings and revenue from accessing further demand side response services such as Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR), Demand Turn Up and Capacity Market. They’re currently investing in energy efficiency across the estate and expanding their CHP network, which is forecasted to achieve savings and revenue of up to £200,000.

Get Involved

Across central government, NHS and further wider public sector organisations, our Demand Side Response framework has been used to generate savings and revenue in excess of £1.14m for organisations to invest back into their services.

After an initial site assessment by a supplier, eligible sites require minimal set up to access the framework services and suppliers control the day to day functionality for you. To find out more about the services available through the framework and how your organisation could benefit please fill in our contact form and quote ‘DSR’.