Feb 20, 2024

Empowering Change: equiwatt partners with Northern Powergrid for a smarter energy future.


Pictured left to right: Johnson Fernandes - Founder and CEO at equiwatt, Joanne Edwards - Chief of Staff at equiwatt, Maurice Lynch, Head of System Flexibility at Northern Powergrid.

At equiwatt, we are excited to announce our latest collaboration with Northern Powergrid, marking a significant step towards a more sustainable and efficient energy future. As the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) for the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire, Northern Powergrid is the driving force behind the electricity distribution network for millions of customers across the North East region of England. 

In partnership with Northern Powergrid, equiwatt is set to revolutionise the way households and businesses across the North East manage their energy consumption in an easy and engaging way, all while contributing to the region's transition to net zero.

Flexibility Services for a Smarter Grid

We are absolutely delighted that Northern Powergrid has chosen equiwatt to join its esteemed portfolio of flexibility service providers. This partnership embodies Northern Powergrid's commitment to a 'flexibility first' approach, leveraging innovative solutions to meet the evolving energy needs of communities and businesses. It also demonstrates the exciting journey that all of us here at equiwatt is on. 

This is our first partnership with one of England’s 6 DNOs. Not only does it enable more households the opportunity to unlock rewards for changing when and how much electricity they use at home but it also provides the opportunity for further flexibility trials and events to be accessed by existing users, enabling equiwatt to contribute to a smarter more flexible grid on both a national and local level.

Introducing 'powerDOWN': A Win-Win Solution

Through our groundbreaking virtual power plant platform and the intuitive 'powerDOWN' programme, the equiwatt app and platform empowers consumers to actively participate in energy management. Our free app rewards users for reducing their energy consumption during peak times, contributing to the stability of the grid while earning incentives in return.


During designated 'powerDOWN' events, households can earn points redeemable for exciting rewards, including eGift cards, simply by adjusting their energy usage. As part of the partnership with Northern Powergrid, households will have opportunities to participate in events between 4.30pm and 7pm every day until the end of the trial. By taking part users have the potential to earn up to £35 worth of points during the trial period alongside the other rewards on offer for taking part in our other events and monthly prize draws.

A Vision for a Greener Tomorrow

It is brilliant to be partnering with an organisation with the same focus on creating a smarter more flexible grid for the benefit of consumers. Maurice Lynch, Head of System Flexibility at Northern Powergrid, expressed his enthusiasm for the partnership, by highlighting its role in advancing the transition to a smarter, more flexible, and ultimately, more sustainable energy system. 

“We’re proud to announce our flexibility service partnership with equiwatt which will see customers being rewarded for reducing demand on the network during peak times. This will help us to manage the network in a smarter and more efficient way that maximises cost efficiency for our customers.”


Pictured left to right: Johnson Fernandes - Founder and CEO at equiwatt, Joanne Edwards - Chief of Staff at equiwatt, Maurice Lynch, Head of System Flexibility at Northern Powergrid.

This sentiment was echoed by our Founder and CEO, Johnson Fernandes, who emphasised the simplicity and effectiveness of our technology in empowering consumers to reduce their carbon footprint as part of our joint press release with Northern Powergrid. 

“We’re delighted to partner with Northern Powergrid and help empower its 8 million customers to save energy when it matters most.

“Our powerDOWN scheme is accessed via a free and easy to use app and invites customers to register for peak-time notifications. Households can then reduce their energy usage during powerDOWN events and earn points, in exchange for rewards in our app gift store.

“Put simply, our smart technology enables customers to tailor their energy usage and helps reduce their carbon footprint.”

Join Us in Shaping the Future

We invite you to be a part of our journey towards a cleaner, more sustainable future. If you're eager to be rewarded for making simple changes in your electricity usage, download our app today and join the 'powerDOWN' scheme. Together, we can make a meaningful impact on the grid and the planet while enjoying exciting rewards along the way.

To join equiwatt's 'powerDOWN' scheme and start earning rewards for reducing energy consumption, download our free app from the App Store or Google Play: www.equiwatt.com.

Alternatively, if you are a business or organisation seeking to unlock new revenue streams, enhance customer benefits, or meet your ESG targets by contributing to grid stability and environmental sustainability, we would love to hear from you. Let's explore how we can collaborate to drive positive change while creating value for your business and our planet.

Together, let's harness the power of innovation and collaboration to create a brighter, cleaner tomorrow for generations to come.

Click the button below to download our free app today to start getting rewarded for doing your bit to help the grid and the planet!

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