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Natural Power has further developed services within its wind farm control room WindCentre to become qualified under the British Electricity Trading and Transmission Arrangements (BETTA) to act as a Control Point and Trading Agent, a service which will be provided for wind farms to meet their Grid Code obligations and to participate in the Balancing Mechanism (BM).

This registration allows WindCentre to fulfil the Grid Code obligations of any wind farm, including 24/7 response to emergency events as required under the Grid Code.  WindCentre can now act as a single point of interface with National Grid on behalf of multiple sites and owners. The service will initially be performed for the Crystal Rig II, Dalswinton and Minsca wind farms. The process involves WindCentre nominating forecast production and generator availability to National Grid, as well as responding to requests on a 24 hour basis from the GB National Grid control centre to change site generation levels and respond to emergency events on the network. This service is being provided using a combination of WindCentre, Foresite (wind farm production forecasting) and specialist software interfacing with National Grid installed in the control room, giving an accurate prediction of wind energy output, with a horizon of up to 15 days, based on weather forecasts and maintenance schedules.
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