Demand Side Management provides the capability to adjust the use of electricity at times when it is determined to be too high (the network is overloaded) or too low (there is a surplus of renewable generation). NINES aims to achieve this through the use of a large thermal boiler, and domestic energy storage heaters and advanced water heating cylinders.

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What is Demand Side Management?

Demand Side Management involves varying the demand for electricity to achieve a balance between supply and demand. This can be achieved through direct control of technologies connected to the grid (as in NINES).


Benefits of Demand Side Management

NINES Demand Side Management trials will allow the use of various technologies to store energy when, for instance, there is a lot of wind energy available but not enough demand to use it. This provides benefits in the optimal use of renewable generation and providing stability to the network.


Components of NINES Demand Side Management Program

The NINES Project envisages around 1MW of Domestic Demand Side Management (DDSM) in the form of new energy storage heaters and hot water cylinders in 234 homes, as well as a 4MW thermal store for non-domestic demand side management that will be linked to the existing district heating scheme. More

Objectives of Demand Side Management Program

A key objective of Demand Side Management in Shetland is to reduce peak electricity demand thus expanding the capacity of the current network to allow more energy generators to be connected to the grid.