CIRED 2021 - THE PROCUREMENT OF CLOSER TO REAL TIME DSO FLEXIBILITY SERVICES, WHILST MINIMISING THE IMPACT ON BALANCE RESPONSIBLE PARTIES
As flexibility markets continue to develop there is a requirement to investigate nearer to real time procurement of flexibility services. With growing volumes of flexibility procured at a distribution level, there is also a need to address the imbalances that result for balance responsible suppliers when the DSO procures flexibility from independent aggregators. IntraFlex is developing a market, with NODES as market operator, to test nearer to real time flexibility procurement and the potential for supplier imbalances to be minimised through market mechanisms. Early results indicate that there is interest in providing these services and in particular larger volume bids posted by the DSO (over 2MW) cleared more quickly than those of a smaller size. This is invaluable learning as markets for flexibility develop.