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Our Smart Energy Guide January 2016

What is Demand Side Management?

Demand side management sees energy users changing their patterns of electricity usage in order to help balance supply and demand on the power system.

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Topics in this edition:

  • Background
  • How demand side response is provided
  • Policy landscape
  • Incentives for Businesses
  • Future developments
  • The role of energy efficiency


Preserving the stability of the power system requires that electricity demand and supply always remains in balance. Historically, this has been achieved through generating plants delivering more or less power onto the system as required.

However, owing to increasingly challenging market conditions and stringent environmental policies, a number of the UK’s thermal power stations have closed in recent years, with more set to follow. At the same time, there has been a marked increase in the installed capacity of renewable energy generation, including the likes of wind and solar power.

This combination – the closure of reliable generation and the volatility caused by more renewables coming on stream – makes it likely that demand-side management will take on greater importance in the UK energy system over the coming years.

Incentives for Businesses

The financial incentives offered through various governmental programmes, such as remain the most substantial benefit to businesses of DSR. Research for the government, undertaken by Frontier Economics, said that such payments were essential to providing businesses with the encouragement to look more closely at the potential of demand-side management.

But there are other, non-financial incentives for businesses for becoming involved in demand-response
schemes. They can, for example, receive a reputational boost through their improved green credentials
and reduced carbon footprint.


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Suggested further reading:

Demand Side Response – Bringing Businesses into Balancing by The Energyst (requires registration).

Mindy Vehvilainen

Author Mindy Vehvilainen

As head of marketing, Mindy is chief string-puller for all of Monarch's and The Groups output, lead generation and communications with the wider world. At the heart of her work is a passion for all aspects of the industry and a refusal to ever stop learning. The only person in known existence to juggle twenty different jobs with no loss of quality or enthusiasm.

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