U.K. hospitals sign up to energy demand management vision

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The fledgling market for demand management contracts in the United Kingdom has received a major boost this week, after its government signed up to a four year scheme that aims to reduce energy consumption in public buildings, hospitals, military bases and universities at times of peak demand.

A deal signed between a branch of the U.K. government called Government Procurement Service (GPS) and U.K. smart grid companies, including KiWi Power and Flexitricity, will see the sites lower energy use or switch to back-up systems to reduce the strain on the national grid at key times.

This is known as demand side response — or negawatts — and has the additional benefit of reducing the need for expensive and carbon-intensive back-up power stations.

All sites will receive payments for participating in the demand management, which can then be invested in property improvements, while the partners will also provide energy audits and supporting technology such as smart meters for the facilities.

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