Which other suppliers will be signing up?
Express.co.uk previously reached out to several energy suppliers to find out if they will be participating in the scheme, and British Gas, EDF Energy, and OVO Energy have so far confirmed they are supportive of the initiative and will either be taking part or running a similar scheme of their own.
EDF confirmed it would be taking part, however, not everyone will be able to take part in the trial. The supplier explained that it had selected a “small group of customers” based on data from the National Grid and that it will send invites via email to this group of customers by the end of November.
EDF Energy said: “If you get an invite, it will tell you everything you need to know about Demand Flexibility and how it works.”
British Gas told Express.co.uk that it “supports the development of the Demand Flexibility Scheme” and it was currently working with the National Grid ESO to develop a scheme which they will begin trialling later this year.
While this supplier hasn’t been officially listed on the ESO Demand Flexibility Service website, OVO Energy launched its “Power Move” scheme on November 1, which will run until March 31 – correlating with the ESO scheme dates.
Participating customers will be offered rewards for reducing their energy usage between 4pm and 7pm from 19 percent of total daily usage to 12.5 percent. Customers will receive £20 per month they participate, affording them the opportunity to earn up to £100.
While the scheme was launched at the beginning of October, the firm said the data collected would be shared with the National Grid and the Government to prevent power shortages in the future.
Scottish Power has not confirmed whether it will take part in the scheme however, it told Express.co.uk that it was “supportive of the scheme” and was “continuing to engage with National Grid on how customers can benefit from the advantages a smart home can bring”. Shell Energy told Express.co.uk that it has not yet signed up for the scheme and is “unlikely to take part this winter”.
But, even without the National Grid incentive, reducing energy consumption during peak hours can knock some money off the bills for customers with certain tariffs, so it’ll pay to know when these times fall.