Demand Management

Supply and demand are complementary sides of the same coin: our consultants understand both, helping clients to align supply with demand and then optimise both.

Agile and adaptive, our experts know that one size does not fit all. We understand all elements of the supply, demand and optimise equation – and align them with a client’s operations and requirements in business energy and business water.

Energy and water are changing. In particular, the energy industry is seeing more decentralised generation and new innovations beginning to shape how and when organisations use their energy. The reality is that the UK National Grid requires assistance to manage the network, while end user costs continue to rise sharply due to increasing pass-through ‘non-energy’ costs.

From single sites and medium-sized enterprises to the largest and most complex multi-site operations, we help clients to make sense of their requirements, work more efficiently, and reduce demand and costs by designing and delivering integrated bespoke responses.

Increase control: Demand Side Management

With our client organisations in control of their own energy consumption to help manage the network, our approach has two main stands running in parallel: Demand Side Response and active Energy Management. Consultus expertise and services include:

  • Demand Response
  • Energy Management
  • Energy Savings / Efficiency & Reduction Opportunities
  • Sustainability
  • Triad Alerts / Avoidance

Who benefits?

Consultus Demand Side Management solutions are designed for:

  • All large energy users, public and private sector (any single site with power demand of more than 250kVA)
  • Organisations with onsite generation capability, including combined heat and power (CHP) and diesel generation
  • Sites / clients using Building Management Systems
  • Organisations with flexibility over processes – time of day energy use

Demand Side Response (DSR)

We enable our clients to play an active role in initiatives designed to help manage the energy network. Demand Side Response (DSR) drives new revenue generation opportunities, allowing user organisations to actively reduce demand and/or increase self-generation in return for an income from National Grid.

We manage an open tender process of opportunities to DSR providers, pinpointing the optimum schemes for a specific client and identifying the best payback opportunities across the marketplace. Consultus then actively manages enrolment into appropriate DSR schemes and continued participation.

Energy Management

We apply engineering principles and detailed analysis to identify opportunities for energy reductions, cost savings and service improvements for our clients.

Typical activities include working with our clients to enable them to use energy at optimum times of the day by identifying processes and systems that can be shifted from high-cost to low-cost periods.

By applying industry best practice principles and promoting innovation we can carry out a detailed energy demand analysis to identify areas of potential opportunities before optimising systems, processes and behaviours on-site to minimise energy demand.

We offer holistic energy management solutions that focus on the whole-of-life energy demand of a property and are often actively engaged at every point of the lifecycle of a project.

Energy Savings

Taking a consultative approach, our experts identify opportunities in a client’s portfolio, before building a project case and supporting sign off by key client stakeholders to push down demand and enable cost savings through new efficiency and reduction opportunities. This activity includes onsite works as required, and any capital expenditure capex works. Our innovative approach to supply contracts provides Consultus clients with complete flexibility, and includes the ability to risk manage energy spend.


We offer a unique approach to optimising supply and demand within the context of sustainability; for example, help clients to transform ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) compliance from a zero value-add cost centre into a powerful engine for reduced consumption and costs. The Consultus approach enables our clients to:

  • Better understand sustainability, requirements and energy efficiency
  • Avoid extensive issues and costs associated with future ESOS certification
  • Comply with ISO 50001 Energy Management certification automatically, and in a way that outlasts ESOS and other similar process
  • Enhance CSR and environmental credentials: our clients can prove they have energy efficiency under control and are taking sustainability seriously

Triad Alerts / Avoidance

Advance warnings to help reduce consumption and costs: triads are important to large power users. If a business uses a significant amount of electricity, the price paid can be adversely affected by how much energy the organisation uses during the three half-hour periods of peak demand that the UK National Grid uses to determine annual transmission charges. While a Triad only covers a half-hour period, it can have a major impact on energy costs.

A managed approach to Triad Alerts and Avoidance, delivered using Consultus expertise, is a valuable way to remain focused on energy usage during peak periods, and the colder months, better managing energy and demand to achieve consumption and financial benefits. Our experts typically issue around 20 alerts in a year.

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