KiWi Power was co-founded by Yoav Zingher and Ziko Abram in 2009. KiWi Power is a smart grid company that specialises in managing the demand side of energy consumption for large industrial and commercial consumers of electricity and for government regulators. The technical term for what we do is called Demand Response.
KiWi Power has a highly experienced technical and commercial team with backgrounds in smart grid, Demand Response, finance, renewable energy technologies, standing reserve, energy efficiency and optimisation, smart metering technology, systems and process engineering and project management.
About Demand Management
Around 10% of the UK's electricity capacity comes from peaking power stations. These power stations are highly polluting and expensive to run, and are used by the National Grid to satisfy peak demand and avoid blackouts.
Peaking power is used during less than 1% of any given year, on very cold winter days when heating demand is high, and major sporting events such as the World Cup or the Olympics. This extra strain on the grid is rare but has to be effectively managed, and statistically accounts for less than 100 hours in any given year.
As the grid becomes more congested, our peaking power problems will get worse. As we continue to add renewable energy, such as wind power, to our generation mix, the volatility of our energy will increase.
We provide an alternative to polluting and expensive peaking power. We work with businesses like yours to figure out what demand we can turn down temporarily to avoid the worst peaks. We target non-essential power, such as air handling and lighting, and we utilise existing on-site generation. Most importantly, we never affect operations or comfort. We install our monitoring and control equipment and manage the whole process at no cost.
The result is what we call a Demand Reduction Strategy and we'll activate it only those few times a year when the grid is highly congested. Participation is completely at your discretion and there are no penalties to opting-out. The National Grid pays for demand reduction, so at the end of the year you'll get a cheque for your participation. It's that easy!