What is Demand Side Response (DSR) and how could it affect you? - t-mac

What is Demand Side Response (DSR) and how could it affect you?

Intelligent energy use is becoming more and more essential for businesses looking to develop within their particular sector. Controlling your energy consumption in real-time is a great way of utilising smart technology – specifically Demand Side Response (DSR) services.

DSR services allow businesses and consumers to turn up, turn down, or shift demand in real-time. DSR can help to soften high peaks and low troughs in demand, making business’s energy use more sustainable and affordable.

So, let’s take a look at what DSR is and how it could impact you and your business.

What is Demand Side Response?

Energy systems in businesses around the world are becoming increasingly reliant on renewable energy sources. While these sources are more sustainable in the long-term, they can be more volatile. Balancing the correct amount of energy throughout multiple sites can prove difficult.

DSR provides a solution to this problem. DSR can help your business to better organise its energy strategy, while also helping you to optimise your energy use.

The National Grid ensures that the UK is generating as much power as its consumers are using. For this to happen, we need a grid frequency of 50Hz at all times, with no more than 1% of variance either side of that.

As a DSR participant, you decrease or increase your facility’s power consumption when you receive requests to do so. In turn bringing benefits of the business while also keeping the National Grid at the frequency required to run consistently. But how do you know if you are suitable for DSR?

Who is DSR suitable for?

DSR participants must be a large industrial or commercial business, using high levels of energy day-to-day. You also need to be willing to be flexible with power consumption, whenever it is required. This is because the purpose of DSR was to give immediate assistance to the grid, helping it to rebalance and prevent blackouts.

Developing technology is what enables fast switches within DSR. Although this equipment brings many benefits in the long-term, it can be expensive to install. Meaning that it is not yet entirely profitable for smaller businesses to work alongside it.

How could it impact you?

The advantages of incorporating DSR into your business will be individual to everyone. The technology helps to identify how your energy is being used and gives you the opportunity to improve it. So, the power is in your hands.

Aside from helping to stabilise the UK’s electricity supply through the grid, DSR could provide a number of other benefits. Including reducing your impact on the environment, which will further boost your credentials as we move towards a more sustainable future. This in turn could mean financial benefits – not only will you cut wasted energy where possible, you could also open your client base up to a range of potential new customers, who are turning their focus towards green companies.

Where does t-mac come in?

Some of the most essential aspects of an energy management service are end-to-end support, and futuristic technology. t-mac can coordinate everything, from the initial specification and supply of equipment, all the way through to installation and software training.

This level of comprehensive support, along with our pioneering technology, is what sets t-mac apart. We provide our clients with the help they need from start to finish, providing a data-driven sustainable strategy for the future.

To learn more about t-mac’s next generation energy solutions, contact us today.

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