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Code administrator Elexon is proposing that nationwide electricity “flexibility platforms” are set up. The platforms would allow local distribution network operators (DNOs), suppliers and businesses to buy storage output or demand-side response (DSR) services. 
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At a roundtable event organised by Network in association with National Grid, delegates were invited to consider how localised energy supports the whole energy system.
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Phil Swift, chief executive of Western Power Distribution, answers questions from Utility Week on the how the company can contribute to a green economic recovery and help local communities to Build Back Better following the coronavirus pandemic,
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has predicted a tightening of capacity margins this winter due to plant closures and outages, with the gap between supply and demand expected to fall to 4.8GW during an average cold spell.
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Utility Week speaks to Damian Darragh, executive chairman of Conrad Energy, following its acquisition of fellow flexible generator Viridis Power. Darragh talks about their plans to add energy storage to their rapidly growing fleet and how falling costs are opening up new opportunities for lithium-ion batteries.
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Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and Siemens have announced the creation of a joint venture named Calibrant Energy that will offer business customers “energy-as-a-service”. By bundling them together with financing, the company will provide customers with a range of onsite energy technologies at no upfront cost.
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Ofgem has finalised its decision to add a definition for energy storage to the generation license as promised more than three years ago in the smart systems and flexibility plan published alongside the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The changes will take effect on 29 November.
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The first in a suite of three new frequency response services is being debuted by National Grid Electricity System Operator. Two battery storage units have been accepted to provide 90MW of sub-second frequency response over the first 24 hours.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has rolled out a software interface to allow newer and smaller players to participate in the balancing mechanism through “a more simple, cost-effective, web-based route”. The application programming interface – an intermediary that enables two different software applications to talk to each other – went live in the ESO’s national control room on Thursday. Tesla became the first party to take part.
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The Energy Research Partnership has called for significant investment in energy storage to prevent Britain becoming reliant on gas and diesel engines to fill gaps in renewable generation. The group said funding for storage research has tended to be drawn towards short-duration lithium-ion batteries due to the lure of the rapidly growing electric vehicle market and that more must be channelled toward medium and long-duration storage technologies.
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Smart Metering Systems (SMS), which manages 1.3 million meters across the country, has said it expects to be back to pre-Covid levels of installations by the end of the month. Utility Week spoke to chief operating officer Tim Mortlock about the impact of Covid and how government can support a renewed push on installations. He also set out the company’s pipeline of carbon reduction assets, including a trial of a smart heating system with a national hotel chain.
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The energy sector has so far failed to act meaningfully on warm words about local flexibility, writes Matthew Roderick, former CTO at the Data Communications Company and now CEO of n3rgy. He presents his proposal for a first step to real change - without a complete system redesign.
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