Frequency response services
We have a licence obligation to control system frequency at 50Hz plus or minus 1%. We make sure there is sufficient generation and demand held in readiness to manage all credible circumstances that might result in frequency variations. On this page you can find out more about the different types of frequency response.
System frequency is a continuously changing variable that is determined and controlled by the second-by-second (real time) balance between system demand and total generation. If demand is greater than generation, the frequency falls while if generation is greater than demand, the frequency rises.
There are two categories of frequency response.
Dynamic frequency response is a continuously provided service used to manage the normal second by second changes on the system
Non-dynamic response is usually a discrete service triggered at a defined frequency deviation.