During the winter months, many organisations experience increased operational costs due to longer nights and a drop in temperature – resulting in a surge in heating and lighting usage. This puts a great strain on the UK National Grid and drives up costs at peak times. An advanced defence technology organisation was struggling to reduce these high levels of power consumption and save running costs.
One of the defence company’s locations, situated on the outskirts of Bristol, was finding their electricity network charges were significantly higher during the winter months and they were struggling to find a way to reduce their power consumption.
Power Electrics supported one of the ‘big six’ with the implementation of a Demand Side Response (DSR) service. By using a diesel generator to generate electricity during peak times, this lessened the load on the UK National Grid and energy costs were brought down.
“In order for the client to comply with the Medium Combustion Plant Directive (MCPD), we supplied a generator complete with a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) unit and fuelled with Green D+, a unique Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel”, explains Alex Hill, Business Development Manager at Power Electrics.
The generator can be remotely controlled from a utilities optimising company, located in Swindon. Support was provided through on-site key personnel, enabling the generator to be correctly monitored and controlled during periods of higher costs. Due to this, distribution and transmission costs, alongside costs affiliated with the Capacity Market were significantly reduced.
New contract terms were agreed, enabling the defence company’s sites to reap the benefits in the future, through generation and battery storage projects. The Bristol site had the largest percentage reduction in consumption throughout the peak winter months, resulting thousands of pounds in savings.