The lower limit is currently 5 MW, and reducing the minimum bid size makes it possible to benefit from new types of flexibility. 

Pilot project partners Tibber and Entelios will deliver flexibility using a wide range of technologies. Tibber provides deliveries from a portfolio of electric vehicles and panel heaters, whereas Entelios’ portfolio for the pilot consists of industrial consumption and building management systems.   

“Statnett reducing the threshold for bids in this project makes it much easier to bring consumers into the flexibility market,” states Tibber’s founder and CEO Edgeir Vårdal Aksnes. “In practice, this will mean that consumers charging their cars and heating their houses will still come home to a warm house or fully charged car, but by rotating a large number of car chargers and  heaters as a swarm we can adjust the load on the power network up or down. This is good for consumers’ electricity bills and for the power supply.” 

Entelios and their partners will deliver flexibility using various technologies from Siemens and Enfo. “We are encouraging our customers to examine how they can participate in this market,” says Mattias Harrysson of Entelios. 

The supply of energy plays an important role in climate change. The transition to more renewable energy, combined with electrification and new consumption, is increasing the need for flexibility. “We still need power generation that can be adjusted up and down as needed,” explains Statnett’s Project Manager Kari Dalen, “but we also want to enable more types of stakeholder and new technologies to participate in the market. This winter’s pilot will help us do this and allow us to increase access to flexible resources in an increasingly complex power system.” 

The pilot project will run this winter, from 2 December 2019 until 20 March 2020.