Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid manages the electricity network that powers everyday life for more than 8 million people across 3.9 million homes and businesses in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire.
~5 MW
Flexibility sought
13
Locations
2
Service windows

Notices

February 7, 2024
Mark your calendar! Spring tender 2024 will open for qualification soon
Mark your calendar! Spring tender 2024 will open for qualification soon

We are happy to announce that we are making excellent progress with our preparations to launch our Spring 2024 tender round. We aim to share the details of the locations and capacities we are seeking for Flexibility Services later in February. 

December 11, 2023
Northern Powergrids Autumn 2023 tender is closed to new applicants
Northern Powergrids Autumn 2023 tender is closed to new applicants

However, interested parties should register for DPS now in readiness of our Spring 2024 competitions. Find out how to register your DPS here.

October 31, 2023
The next stage of the tender process for Northern Powergrid's Autumn tender is now open to all accepted bidders.
The next stage of the tender process for Northern Powergrid's Autumn tender is now open to all accepted bidders.

Bidders please download the ITT Procurement Documents listed in the Documentation tab.

October 10, 2023
Northern Powergrid is calling for ~5 MW of flexibility between December 2023 & March 2024, and October 2024 & March 2025.
Northern Powergrid is calling for ~5 MW of flexibility between December 2023 & March 2024, and October 2024 & March 2025.

Northern Powergrid is looking for both demand turn-down and generation turn-up services.

Northern Powergrid will also shortly be calling for flexibility service providers to participate in its Autumn 2023 flexibility tender to provide flexibility between December 2023 & March 2024, and October 2024 & March 2025.

We have DSO flexibility opportunities on Piclo Flex now!

  • Flexibility is required across 13 locations
  • Earn up to £900/MWh depending on location

Additionally, Northern Powergrid is calling for expressions of interest from flexibility service providers to provider flexibility from Winter 2027/2028

  • Flexibility is required across 6 locations
  • Find out more about the opportunities on offer via the Piclo Map here as we have provided visibility of flexibility requirements per zone (location).

What next?

Step 1

Create a Piclo Flex account and complete the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) application by 16 October. If you haven’t already, you’ll need to upload your asset data onto the Piclo Flex platform

Step 2

Complete the asset upload and confirm entry on Piclo Flex platform by 24 October 2023. Competition will open on 31 October and close on 07 November.
We’ll be in touch to let you know if you’ve been pre-qualified by 04 December 2023. Those that successfully pass the pre-qualification stage can proceed to the Competition stage

In the meantime, we're very happy to chat with FSPs so if you have any questions or would like to set up a 1-2-1 meeting with one of our team, email us at flexibility@northernpowergrid.com. Email support@picloflex.com for help with setting up your account.

Current Tender Documents:

Autumn 2023 – Invitation to Tender

The next stage of tender process for NPg23371 - Customer Flexibility Services is now open to all accepted Bidders.

Please download the ITT Procurement Documents listed below.

Document 1:  Instructions to Bidders

Document 2:  Conditions of Contract

Document 3:  Scope and Specification

Document 4:  Form of Tender

Document 5:  BHE Information Security Questions - ITT Stage 

Bidders must complete Document 4: Form of Tender and Document 5: BHE Information Security Questions - ITN Stage and submit them via the Piclo Flex Messaging Service - support@picloflex.com.

The deadline for the submissions is 06 November 2023 @ 23:59:00.

Supporting Documents:

Distribution Flexibility Services Procurement Statement 2023/24

Northern Powergrid's competition boundary datasets can be found on the Piclo Data Hub

For more information on Northern Powergrid’s flexibility activities:

Please visit our flexibility services website: Flexibility Services | Northern Powergrid

What service are we procuring?

Generation Turn Up – Sustain.

Demand Reduction – Sustain.

Can bids only be submitted from assets already connected?

We will consider bids from assets already connected and also from those in development. However, we are using these services to ensure network security, therefore during our bid assessment phase we will consider the validity and certainty of projects and may require development milestones within the Flexibility Services Contract.

Note: any asset would need to be available for testing at least one month prior to the first service window.

How will performance be monitored?

Performance will be monitored using meter data from meters at the site.

What are the metering requirements?

Each solution should have metering with half-hourly resolution or higher. Metering should meet the accuracy requirements of the relevant Code of Practice at the time of installation (https://www.elexon.co.uk/bsc-and-codes/bsc-related-documents/codes-of-practice/).

What will the baseline be?

There are a number of baseline options.

We will use a baseline methodology that is mutually acceptable to both us and the flexibility services provider.

Please refer to our baselining methodology and workbook which can be found here.

What revenues can I earn from participating?

The revenues vary by location. Please refer to individual competitions for location-specific information.

If you would like a face-to-face discussion:

We are happy to have face-to-face discussions with our flexibility services stakeholders. To arrange this or to ask for assistance with any queries relating to our procurement and use of flexibility services please email: flexibility@northernpowergrid.com.

Keep up to date:

Email us at flexibility@northernpowergrid.com to sign up to our mailing list.

Feedback

We welcome feedback from all stakeholders. Please e-mail us at flexibility@northernpowergrid.com with any comments or questions.