What is Demand response
Demand response involves electricity demand management whereby participants temporarily switch off or turn down non-essential power or use independent standby power generators.
This reduces electricity use and helps the National Grid to meet the needs of the country at times of peak demand without having to fire up expensive and dirty coal-fired power stations, or to import electricity from abroad.
Use smarter electricity and gain a new revenue stream
By working with KiWi Power you’re helping remove stress from the National Grid by reducing your electricity consumption when it’s most polluting and expensive. The National Grid pays for this service.
Your participation makes an impact right away. There’s no payback time; the green benefits are immediate.
Our engineers will perform an energy audit for free as part of your sign-up process. We will install smart meters to measure your site consumption in real-time. We will also give you access to all of our reports and data in an easy-to-use format, and access to our website and applications for free.
Targeting non-essential systems infrequently and never impact production
Our Demand Reduction Strategy is customised to never impact production or comfort. We will only ever turn down your consumption for a short period of time, usually about an hour and never more than two, and we will only target non-essential items. You have full control over this and we won’t ever force you to do anything that you are not comfortable with.
Free and no commitment
Our upfront energy audit, all of our monitoring and control equipment, and integration with our systems are all paid for by KiWi Power. We will even install any equipment you might need over and above this. You will never incur any costs upfront, and there is no annual fee; the National Grid covers our costs. There is no commitment on your part to participate and you will never incur a liability for choosing not to reduce your demand when we ask.
1 Conduct Assessment Meeting
We will visit your site to assess your suitability and give you an idea of how much you can save, and potentially earn, by reducing your power consumption with our help.
2Agree Demand Strategy
By identifying when systems such as HVAC and lighting can be temporarily adjusted, our energy specialists will create a customised plan to reduce your power consumption. We may also seek to utilise any onsite backup power generation to minimise your draw from the grid.
We call this a Demand Reduction Strategy (DRS).
Our aim is to make the process as effortless to implement as possible. Depending on the individual circumstances, sometimes the process may be automated by our software and other times it may be manual. Regardless, it will have little or no impact on your business and is always completely at your discretion.
We install the required hardware and software at your site. Installation is completely free, and typically takes a few hours. We will also run a few test scenarios to calibrate the savings and ensure the effectiveness of the strategy.
Your DRS can then be implemented during times of peak energy demand.
The end result
Participation is completely at your discretion. If you implement the Demand Reduction Strategy when called you will receive a cheque at the end of each year for helping to stabilise the grid and reduce the reliance on peaking power.
Our Demand Reduction Strategy
Every business is different, and we customise a Demand Reduction Strategy specifically for yours. Various factors affect how much you can earn, including the amount of power you can turn down and your existing metering and control systems. We aim to use these wherever possible, and we will also look into making site upgrades for you if needed. We will walk you through the whole process after our initial site audit. Below are some typical examples