Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) is a reserve grid demand side response service that allows customers (service providers) to export energy that they generate themselves back to the grid to balance supply during times of peak demand or other unforeseen circumstances. The service is limited to specific times (availability windows) described in a service provider’s contract with the National Grid. The closer a service provider is to a high demand area (particularly in Wales or South East England), the more desirable they are.
How does STOR work?
Prospective providers submit prices for which they’re willing to provide the STOR services in a competitive tender process. These tender rounds are conducted three times each year. Smaller providers under 3MW may participate via an aggregator.
The service can be provided by both Balancing Mechanism (BM) and non-Balancing Mechanism service providers that operate in one of three ways:
Service providers must be able to:
Providers are paid in one of two ways:
How can we help?
If you're interested in finding out more about becoming a STOR provider to help balance out the National Grid during times of high demand and cut energy costs, please get in touch with our team today.