Trinity Mirror Group to earn up to £1m from demand-side response

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Overview

As one of the UK’s largest multimedia companies Trinity Mirror Group’s (TMG) award-winning portfolio includes five national newspapers, over 100 regional newspapers and a range of websites and digital products. Trinity Mirror, with an award winning portfolio of newspapers, websites and digital products, employs over 6000 people across the UK. In 2015 they sold 600million National and Regional newspapers.

Challenges and Actions

kiwi-logoKiWi Power work with TMG across their two largest printing sites in Watford and Oldham. An uninterrupted and consistent power supply is vital to the effective running of these sites and the long running times of their print presses. Backup generators are in place for site security should power be lost. There are seven backup generators in place across both sites that can deliver approximately 11MW when called upon. The generators are also used in the winter periods to reduce site import at peak grid times when electricity tariffs dramatically increase.

TMG were keen to explore demand response revenue generating opportunities and in 2012 reached out to several demand response aggregators to explore how they could take part in a Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) programme.

Our main reason to award this to KiWi Power was their team – they are very passionate and knowledgeable within this field. Since 2012 they have consistently delivered revenue streams for us in Triad management and STOR, as well as introducing our sites to new opportunities like most recently the Transitional Arrangement and Frequency Response.” Garry Crask, Engineering Manager, Trinity Mirror Print Watford

Lessons & Results

Since 2012 KiWi Power consistently delivered to TMG:

  • The highest prices for STOR and provide monthly reports and quarterly payments
  • Management of the winter triad avoidance regime generating export revenues with daily predictions supplied
  • Additional revenue opportunities including the Transitional Arrangement (TA) and Frequency Response (FFR) programs

Getting Trinity Mirror Group live in a programme
The process was simple. KiWi Power came onsite and installed three smart meters which allowed the generators to be managed and controlled remotely from the headquarters in London. The setup also allows TMG to override participation in an event if required.
In 2015/16 approx revenues at the Watford site alone where;

  • Revenues generated for STOR availability…. £60,000
  • Triad exporting…………………………………..£140,000
  • Triad avoidance…………………………………£34,000
  • Exported electricity payment……………..……£16,000
  • TOTAL……………………………………………£250,000

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