UKPN to test new voltage stabilisation technology

The challenges posed to electricity grids by adding increasing amounts of intermittent renewable generation are well known, and costly to manage, however a Scottish technology company claims to have the answer. Faraday Grid, believes it can massively increase grid capacity to carry renewables at no additional cost, while solving network volatility. The company has developed…

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Opening access to the Balancing Mechanism for smaller aggregated assets

National Grid recently published a roadmap to widening access to the Balancing Mechanism to smaller, distributed assets and demand-side response. The increasing de-centralisation of the electricity system, along with the growth in intermittent generation, is making the task of balancing the system more challenging (and expensive). As the amount of flexible, dispatchable generation on the…

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Future Energy Scenarios 2018: another look into the crystal ball

In July, National Grid published its 2018 Future Energy Scenarios, with the following headlines: Capacity could increase from 103 GW today to between 189 GW and 268 GW by 2050, with the more decarbonised scenarios requiring the highest capacities. Up to 65% of generation could be local by 2050. High levels of intermittent and inflexible…

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Debunking energy myths: renewable electricity is not cheap

In the final post in my energy myths series, I will look at one of the biggest, and arguably most dangerous myths of all – the notion that electricity generated from renewable sources is cheap.   Myth #4: Renewable energy is cheap Electricity generated from the wind and sun is “free”, having near-zero marginal costs…

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