Press Release: Engage Consulting and consortium partners begin laboratory testing of interoperable demand side response solutions.

Engage Consulting, a leader in UK energy market consultancy services and its consortium partners SMS plc (SMS) and Netherlands Measurement Institute (NMi), are pleased to confirm the start of laboratory testing of interoperable Demand Side Response (IDSR) solutions submitted by projects participating in the IDSR Programme.  This is a sub programme of the Flexibility Innovation Programme funded by the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero as part of the Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP).  

Unlocking the domestic demand side response market is a key enabler in our transition to a secure, flexible energy system in support of the UK Government’s ambition to reach Net Zero by 2050, and our laboratory testing project will play a crucial role in realising this. 

The scope of our project includes both conformance and performance testing of Energy Smart Appliances (ESAs) against Publicly Available Standards (PAS) 1878 and 1879. The key purpose of these standards is to achieve interoperable DSR solutions. 

Launched in September 2022, the project has two phases.  The first phase included the design and development of the test schemes over a 10-month period. The second phase, initiated last summer, included setting up the laboratory and executing the laboratory testing.  

The consortium collectively provides three industry-leading and complementary organisations with the specialist skills, knowledge and experience required to deliver project success.  Engage Consulting is leading the overall project, governance and test plan and approach, NMi developed the test schemes and is providing test assurance, and SMS is providing the testing facility and executing the tests at their purpose built facility in Bolton. 





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Engage Consulting Limited – 

Engage Consulting is a subject matter expert consultancy that operates in the energy sector.  It specialises in the regulatory, commercial and technological aspects of the evolving energy market arrangements and the associated opportunities for bringing innovative energy products and services to customers.  It is driven by the overarching goal of a lower carbon energy system that provides affordable energy to consumers. 

About the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero  

This project has received funding from the government’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio, which provides funding for low-carbon technologies and systems. Decreasing the  costs of decarbonisation, the Portfolio will help enable the UK to end its contribution to  climate change. 

About NMi 

Founded in 1937, NMi is the leading independent specialist for measurement technology testing and inspection services in Europe and a trusted brand globally. NMi specializes in type approval & certification, verification & calibration and advisory services covering a broad range of advice on complex technologies, regulations, and accreditations. Furthermore, NMi enables its clients to continuously improve and safeguard their data and operational technologies. NMi is based in Delft, the Netherlands, is active in over 200 countries and serves over 5,000 clients worldwide. NMi employs around 150 people globally. 


About SMS 

SMS installs, manages, and intelligently operates carbon reduction (CaRe) assets – including smart meters, battery energy storage systems (BESS) and EV chargepoints – that together enable a smarter, greener, and more affordable energy system. Established in 1995, SMS additionally provides energy and carbon reduction strategy services to large private and public sector organisations. With its mission to lead the low-carbon, smart energy revolution in the UK, SMS is committed to reducing its own carbon emissions to net zero by 2030. The company is headquartered in Glasgow with 12 locations across the UK and Ireland and employs more than 1,400 people. 

Contact details for press  –Engage Consulting, Press Officer, Tabitha Fox – 07454 668333 


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We have been providing services to the energy industry for over 23 years, during that time we have worked in collaboration and for a significant number of businesses and organisations.

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