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Demand Side Management

Demand Side Management (DSM) is the term used to describe an agreement between an Electricity Distribution Company and a customer to restrict their electricity consumption in return for a payment or a share of the benefit that would accrue.

Electricity North West offers two types of DSM contracts and details of these are outlined below.  If you would be interested into entering into a DSM agreement, please contact Electricity North West on 01925 846855 or email us using the following address: [email protected].


Pre-Fault DSM Contracts

A pre-fault DSM contract is where a customer reduces demand at pre-defined times as the network is approaching its maximum capacity.  This enables Electricity North West to avoid reinforcing the network and the associated cost.  It also reduces the carbon footprint of the electricity distribution network to the benefit of all customers.

The standard Electricity North West pre-fault DSM agreement is available to all EHV customers.  The only constraint is that the customer must be prepared to reduce their Maximum Import Capacity by at least 25% during the half hours agreed at the start of the contract.  Electricity North West will make a payment to every EHV customer that enters into a DSM agreement and the amount of this payment will depend upon the cost of the reinforcement saved.

View the standard terms and conditions that we offer here.

Post-Fault DSM Contracts

A post fault DSM contract is where a customer agrees to reduce demand when a particular event or set of circumstances occur on the Electricity North West distribution network.  This contract will only be made available to customers in areas where Electricity North West has a constraint and a potential benefit exists.  Electricity North West is currently in the process of contacting customers in these areas to agree DSM contracts.

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