Centrica is aiming to bring around 60 local businesses into a trial aimed at testing the feasibility of connecting end-users to a decentralised smart grid comprising flexible demand, generation and storage technologies.

Centrica has a total funding pot of £6mn available for businesses and other large energy users wishing to be involved with the scheme. Participating businesses will then be introduced to a virtual marketplace where they can “sell” their capacity to vary the amount of electricity to the grid and the wider wholesale energy market.

Commenting on 22 February, Programme Director Matt Hastings said: “This is an amazing opportunity for local businesses to get involved and help define a new energy future in Cornwall and beyond. Our aim is to help businesses and other large energy users from across the county to save money on their bills, and potentially even make some money, by optimising both their energy demand and on-site generation, and making their assets available to the National Grid.”

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