Demand response specialist Flexitricity has toasted a new milestone after its virtual power plant (VPP) surpassed the half-gigawatt mark last week. The firm confirmed late last week that a 15MW asset signing up to provide flexibility in National Grid’s new Operational Downward Flexibility Management service had tipped the VPP over the 500MW capacity mark. Flexitricity’s virtual power plant aggregates flexibility from a wide range of assets owned by customers across Britain, including hospitals, universities, local authorities, district heating schemes, supermarkets, and commercial growers, the company said. The Edinburgh-based firm has toasted a number of firsts in recent months, including becoming the first aggregator to trade in the Balancing Mechanism introduced last year by National Grid ESO, and clinching a major deal to provide balancing services for a 50MW/75MW energy storage site in South Yorkshire.
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