Ipswich Flexibility Study

The Ipswich Flexibility Study, part funded by BEIS and operated in partnership with Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council, is exploring mechanisms to create value from changes in customer behaviour. We modelled local production and demand initially behind the meter at several premises in and around Ipswich to enable testing the feasibility of commercial innovations based on specific assets. We use generation and consumption data that mimics usage by different types of consumers and properties.

This assessment allowed us to understand and model time of use tariffs and half hourly settlement, selling electricity to different customer archetypes using Cornwall Insight’s assessments of industry costs.

Pixie Energy is currently wrapping up phase one of this work and we have submitted our report to BEIS. The learnings have also fed into our real-world Norwich Virtual Energy Community project.

We are now considering how best to develop the learnings created in a second phase of the scheme based on Ipswich, but possibly considering extension to weaker parts of the local network such as the area around Brandon. We intend to launch this second phase early in 2019.

A condensed report of the Ipswich Flexibility Study can be downloaded here.