The system operator has launched the first stage of a new platform which it says will revolutionise the balancing of supply and demand on the network.
National Grid ESO said the Open Balancing Platform will unlock new levels of precision for the ESO control room, enabling a new tool that will allow control room engineers to send hundreds of instructions to smaller balancing mechanism Units and battery storage units sites at the press of a single button.
The system will drive increased value for consumers by increasing the optimisation of network balancing, speeding up the process and reducing costs.
Future stages of the Open Balancing Platform will be delivered across 2024 and 2025 and by 2027 it will grow to replace both the existing Balancing Mechanism and the Ancillary Services Dispatch Platform.
Craig Dyke, Director of System Operations, ESO, said: “The Open Balancing Platform is critical to delivering the balancing system we need to meet net-zero. Further diversification of generation assets, both in technologies and size require that we deliver more flexible solutions to increase efficiencies and competition, to support the delivery of our zero carbon ambition and to create savings for consumers.”