“This award is an important milestone for our company since it marks our first entry into Russia’s demand response market. By leveraging on Enel X’s global expertise in demand response, we will contribute to improve Russia’s network stability and flexibility, creating value for end users and the country’s power system as a whole.”
Following the award, Enel X Rus is providing 2 MW of demand response capacity in Russia’s First Price Zone (Central Russia and Urals) until March 31st, 2020. The company will provide the System Operator with information about end user consumption profile over the previous day and about its readiness to reduce electricity demand, with Enel X Rus also helping secure this reduction upon request by the Operator itself. Following successful reduction of demand in line with the System Operator’s requests in terms of timing and volumes, Enel X Rus will receive a payment from the Operator, to be shared with the participating end user.
The tender, which assigned 198 MW in the First Price Zone and 31 MW in the Second Price Zone, is aimed at managing electricity demand in Russia's United Power System, especially during peak hours when there is heavy demand on the system, to provide greater grid flexibility, stability, and more efficient use of power infrastructure, while helping maintain electricity prices as low as possible for all consumers. Under demand response programs, end users are paid a monthly fee in exchange for their availability to adjust their power consumption in order to respond to power system needs, hence supporting grid stabilization.
Earlier, in March 2019, Enel launched a cooperation in the field of demand response with the System Operator and the Moscow School of Management Skolkovo by signing a memorandum of intent aimed at joint studies and research in demand response in Russia. This cooperation is aimed at carrying out joint studies to share best practices and innovative technologies coupled with the international experience of Enel, which, through its advanced energy services business line Enel X, is developing demand response technologies around the world. The System Operator is going to provide data to be analyzed together with the experts from the Moscow Business School of Skolkovo. The three players will also work to identify the regulatory, technical and operational requirements for the implementation of demand response in Russia.
Enel X is Enel’s global business line dedicated to developing innovative products and digital solutions in sectors in which energy is showing the greatest potential for transformation: cities, homes, industries and electric mobility. Enel X holds the leading position in demand response programmes globally, with over 6 GW of demand response capacity currently managed and assigned in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania. In May 2018, the company registered its subsidiary in Russia, Enel X Rus.