Guidance

Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot

Organisations could receive financial support for implementing energy efficiency projects through the Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot if they deliver electricity savings at peak times.

What is the EDR Pilot?

We’re testing whether projects that deliver lasting electricity savings at peak could in future compete for funding with generation, demand side response (DSR) and storage in the GB Capacity Market. Savings could be made by improving motor or pump systems, replacing old light fittings with LED’s or making any other improvement to a building or electrical equipment which would deliver lasting peak time electricity savings.

Some background on the EDR project, including research reports and Impact Assessments, can be found in Appendix One of the 2010-2015 government policy report on energy demand reduction in industry, business and the public sector.

The second phase the EDR Pilot was launched on 16 June 2015 with £6m of funding available.

Successful bidders in EDR phase II auction

The Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) Pilot Phase II auction was held on Thursday 21 January 2016.

24 organisations across Great Britain have been awarded a total of £4.74m for a total of 37 projects to reduce demand for electricity through efficiency schemes at peak times. The successful organisations will be required to deliver peak capacity savings totalling at least 23,307kW across the country from November to February during either 2016-17 or 2017-18. The auction process was observed, and approved, by an independent external monitor.

Successful bidders in EDR phase II auction

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Phase II Participants

The application period for the EDR Pilot Phase II has now closed

If you missed the EDR Pilot Phase II application window but would like to keep abreast of any EDR-related news, please email us at edr-project@decc.gsi.gov.uk asking to be added to our stakeholder list.

Visit the EDR Pilot: Supporting information page for supporting documents and bite-size ‘How to…’ videos offering an overview of Phase II of the EDR Pilot.

Evaluation of the Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) Pilot – Pilot Data and Interim Evaluation Findings Report

The Pilot Data report includes outcome data from each of the key stages of the scheme process to date (December 2016), from registration to full participation. The Interim Evaluation Findings report presents the interim findings to date (September, 2016). The evaluation combines robust theory-based evaluation and analytical approaches to provide credible evidence as to whether, how and why the scheme influenced organisation behaviour. The findings to date provide insights for two key elements of the evaluation; (1) the impact and contribution of the pilot scheme and (2) the scheme process. The findings detailed in this report have provided key learning to the delivery of the scheme so far, and future evaluation work will continue to inform the policy area.

Pilot data report

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Interim evaluation findings report

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Interim evaluation findings report appendices

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Further help

The EDR Helpdesk is open every weekday, 9.30am to 5pm. Please contact us if your have any questions about the EDR Pilot or about your application status:

Phase I archive

Phase I of the EDR Pilot has now been completed. The guidance and supporting documents have been archived

Published 29 July 2014
Last updated 9 February 2017 + show all updates
  1. Evaluation of the Electricity Demand Reduction (EDR) Pilot – Pilot Data and Interim Evaluation Findings Report.
  2. amendment to winners list
  3. Successful bidders in EDR phase II auction.
  4. Updated text.
  5. Text updated.
  6. EDR auction results.
  7. Completion of the EDR auction.
  8. Added details of forthcoming workshop.
  9. Outstanding webchat answers published.
  10. EDR web chat transcript
  11. First published.