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Western Power Distribution and Centrica join forces on flexibility services in Cornwall

Network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD) and international energy and services company Centrica have kicked off a new programme of flexibility services in Cornwall.

In a bid to help manage network constraints and avoid the need for expensive grid upgrades, WPD will be seeking flexibility services through both its established Flexible Power offering and Centrica’s award-winning Cornwall Local Energy Market (LEM) platform. These two methods will complement each other and support WPD's procurement of flexibility services to manage network constraints.

Through Flexible Power, providers are awarded one-year contracts, with the option to extend into subsequent years. Using Centrica’s LEM platform, providers will be able to bid for contracts closer to real-time, from months ahead up to the day of delivery. Businesses will also be able to use the platform to offer their services to both WPD and the National Grid in a first-of-its-kind trial.

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