The UK should make full use of demand flexibility

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The UK should make full use of demand flexibility by improving regulation, informing the public of its benefits it can provide and piloting business models:

  • Ofgem should start an immediate review of the regulations and commercial arrangements surrounding demand flexibility with a focus on making participation easier and clarifying the role of aggregators; this should be complete by Spring 2017
  • DECC should make future changes to the capacity market to reduce the costs and barriers to entry for demand flexibility
  • DECC, Ofgem and National Grid should ensure that large users and opinion formers are aware of the money saving opportunities that demand flexibility can offer and encourage more industrial and commercial consumers to take part.
  • pilots focusing on business models which make demand flexibility easy and attractive to consumers should be established and fully evaluated. Government should demonstrate best practice by investigating the scope for demand flexibility on its estate.

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