EDRC proposes a Demand Flexibility Certification framework
The UK is transitioning to a net-zero society, which means that we need to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. This will require a significant shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy sources. One of the challenges of this transition is that renewable energy sources are intermittent, which means that they do not always produce electricity when it is needed. This is where Demand Flexibility (DF) comes in. DF is the ability of consumers to increase, decrease or shift their electricity consumption when the grid is under stress. This can help to balance the supply and demand of electricity and avoid things like blackouts. DF can be provided by a variety of sources, including residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
The need for a Demand Flexibility Certification framework
The DF potential of the buildings sector has been largely untapped to date. This is due in part to the lack of robust frameworks that allow for producing reliable and consistent estimates of the DF potentials afforded by individual assets at the household, dwelling, or building level.
To address this issue, the Flexibility Theme at the Energy Demand Research Centre (EDRC) has developed a Demand Flexibility Certification (DFC) framework. The DFC framework is designed to provide a structured assessment of the DF potential of individual buildings.
- DF is becoming increasingly important as we move towards a net-zero society.
- The buildings sector is set to become the most numerous sector of prospective DF providers.
- A lack of robust frameworks has prevented the DF potential of the buildings sector from being fully tapped.
- A DFC framework would allow for a structured assessment of the DF potential of individual buildings.
- A DFC would provide a currency of sorts, allowing both prospective Flexibility providers and Flexibility users to quickly and reliably assess the value that a building could offer.
Benefits of a Demand Flexibility Certification framework
A DFC framework would have a number of benefits, including:
Identifying opportunities to improve DF potential: Having a clear idea of both what is available and what is achievable is a necessary first step when it comes to engaging in DF provision.
Providing a reliable picture of DF potential: A detailed mapping of the DF potential of individual buildings would provide reliable pictures of both the current state of and prospects for making use of such DF potential at the local, regional, and national levels.
Informing investment decisions: Understanding how much we can use the existing DF in different areas, like local, regional, and national levels, will show where it is most important to invest.
Creating a more efficient DF market: A building’s DF Certificate would become a currency of sorts, which would allow both prospective DF providers and DF users to quickly and reliably assess the value that a building could offer. This would, in turn, be reflected in a DF market that is able to operate in a more efficient manner.
In summary, a DFC framework is a key step towards unlocking the DF potential of the buildings sector. The Flexibility theme at the EDRC will continue to work on further developing their proposed DFC framework, as well as investigating the barriers and opportunities for implementation.
To read more about our proposed DFC framework, and download the report, please visit: https://www.edrc.ac.uk/publications/demand-flexibility-certificates/