More than 1.3GW of flexibility may be required across the UK’s electricity grid next year as the country accelerates the transition to renewable energy, according to new research. Analysts at Cornwall Insight predict that the dynamic service, which supports the network during faults, will need 636MW of flexibility by 2021. Distributed network operator (DNO) Western Power Distribution (WPD) area is expected to procure the most flexibility services over the next two years, and could reach 800MW. The DNO, which currently has 439MW of contracted flexibility, plans to announce further flexibility locations on 11 Jan 2021 and is to open a subsequent procurement window on 8 February 2021.
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