It is exploring the possibility of one-off, fixed-term contracts with generators to reduce output, replacing daily payments to reduce output through the balancing market. The approach would give it additional options and be more cost-efficient for consumers, it said.
The ESO is exploring such extra options to help it deal with reduced demand caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Last month, demand averaged 26.8GW, down from 32.1GW in April 2019.
It has already secured permission from regulator Ofgem to disconnect embedded generation under emergency conditions and as a last resort.