Electricity North West (Construction and Maintenance) has announced a partnership with aggregator GridBeyond to provide enhanced demand-side response (DSR) and intelligent energy service technologies to businesses in its area.

ENW says the direct partnership will exist to “better manage the decentralisation and flexibility of energy in the North West” and to ensure industrial, commercial and public sector organisations in the area have access to the “best combined experience, expertise and innovation in energy”.

The service will be available to 900 industrial, commercial and public sector businesses across the north west.

ENW will manage the site power infrastructure while GridBeyond’s engineers and machine learning platform will ensure that parameters are set to “guarantee no interruption to operations”.

Mark Williamson, energy solutions director at Electricity North West, said: “Our partnership with GridBeyond is a significant step into expanding our customer service offering.

“Traditionally Electricity North West (Construction and Maintenance) has not assisted customers to realise the potentially significant benefits available through participation in the frequency and flexibility markets.

“GridBeyond are leaders in the flexible services sector, with a wealth of knowledge and experience that we are looking to utilise to assist our customers in the North West and beyond.

“We look forward to working with GridBeyond to develop real value for our customers, whilst ultimately providing much needed flexibility to the wider energy network.”

Wayne Muncaster, UK managing director at GridBeyond, said: “Our partnership with Electricity North West (Construction and Maintenance) illustrates our collective vision for transforming large energy consumers into smarter, more active participants in the energy market.

“The more businesses we can work with to deliver these enhanced energy services, the closer we are to a truly innovative and participative electricity system, providing value to the industrial, commercial and public sector businesses customers and improving the security of electricity supply nationally to all.”

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