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The Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) has written to ministers at the Treasury and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to petition for a cut to the VAT rate for domestic energy storage. The trade body also urged the ministers to introduce a temporary financial incentive for households to install storage, perhaps through the recently extended Green Homes Grant scheme.
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Gridserve has opened the first of 100 “electric forecourts” the company plans to build over next five years at Braintree in Essex. The station has the capacity to charge 36 electric vehicles at the same time at rates of up to 350kW.
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The UK’s largest battery storage system to date, with a maximum power output of almost 50MW and a storage capacity of 75MWh, has begun operating at Thurcroft in South Yorkshire. The facility is owned by Gresham House Energy Storage Fund and is being traded in wholesale and balancing services markets by Flexitricity.
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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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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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SSE Enhance is described as a smart grid, aggregation and trading platform that will give customers access to the wholesale market, balancing mechanism and ancillary services.
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