The future is flexible power

The PowerShaper service will pay members for helping to run the electricity grid by turning their electrical appliances on / off automatically.

What is PowerShaper?

Grid operators are responsible for ensuring the good operation of the electricity grid and sometimes they need help to do this. They pay third-parties, called aggregators, to help them do this by turning on/off large consumers of power at specific times . As electric vehicles, heat pumps, and batteries become more common in our homes there is an increasing opportunity for these new technologies to play a role in helping to operate the grid. PowerShaper is a service which will allow homes and small businesses to support grid operations by responding to requests to turn on/off appliances at specific times in specific locations.

How does it work?

Carbon Co-op technicians will visit your home and install equipment which will enable certain existing electrical appliances (such as electric vehicle chargers, heat pumps, immersion water heaters, battery storage) to be turned on/off remotely.

We turn things on/off only when we receive a request from grid operators and other parties. They will pay us if we can prove to them that we turned things on/off in the right places at the right times.

We use the data from the smart meter installed by your electricity supplier to prove this to them (but only the small amount of data at the time they asked us to turn things on/off). We fetch this data automatically from the national smart metering system. You will need to authorise us to read your meter through our website to start with but don’t need to provide any other bills or other readings.

Once we have used the data to work out what happened we pay you based on your participation. We take a small cut of the payment from the grid operator which we use to run our service and organisation and you keep the rest.

A few things to note

  • All installation and equipment is provided for free.
  • We do not bother you with phone calls, text messages, or app thingies asking you to do things yourself, it is all completely automated.
  • But if you want we will let you know when something is happening and you will always have the option to say no and opt-out!
  • You do not need to change supplier and there will be no interruption of your electricity supply after we have installed the equipment.
  • Only appliances that you choose to be enrolled in the service will be controlled – and we will never be turning your TV or washing machine on or off!

What next?

If you are interested in more information you maybe interested in our 'mini webinar' which you can watch online by following the link below:

We have now closed recruitment for our first PowerShaper trial but if this sounds like something you would be interested in please follow the link below to sign-up to our low-frequency newsletter:

You may also be interested in our smart meter data service available now to all Carbon Co-op members for free:

If you are not a Carbon Co-op member you can join here:

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