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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Ofgem’s new consultation on network charging and access is an important step towards market reform

Ofgem has published the latest strand in its ongoing work on making network charging arrangements fit for purpose against a backdrop of significant changes to the nature and use of both transmission and distribution networks. It has issued a consultation into network access arrangements and forward-looking charges, and whether a Significant Code Review (“SCR”) should…

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Smoke & mirrors: a new report into the viability of CCS

This week the BEIS CCUS Cost Challenge Taskforce produced its report into the potential for carbon capture use and storage in the UK. “By demonstrating that CCUS can deliver decarbonisation across industry, power, and provide solutions for heat and transport, the report focuses on building a long term, commercially sustainable and cost-effective decarbonisation service industry…

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UK Power Networks trials solar + storage virtual power plant in London

Distribution Network Operator UK Power Networks (“UKPN”), which covers over eight million homes and businesses across London, the South East and East of England, has announced a virtual power plant (“VPP”) to be developed in London, to relieve pressure on the capital’s electricity network. The facility will consist of solar panels and batteries located in…

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