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SP Energy Networks has announced plans to procure 95MW of flexibility services in the coming months after becoming the fourth distribution network operator to join the Piclo Flex online marketplace on a commercial basis.
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Residents of a block of flats in Brixton are to offer flexibility services to UK Power Networks as part of a ground-breaking trial. The scheme will build upon the existing CommUNITY project run by EDF Energy and Repowering London, which enabled the occupants of Elmore House to trade electricity generated on site through a peer-to-peer energy market.
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As more details emerge on the causes of last Friday’s power cut, the former head of engineering at National Grid argues the blackout should prompt a complete rethink of its strategy for dealing with outages and the growing volatility of the electricity system.
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Energy Networks Association’s Open Networks Project, which has been engaging with industry to power towards a smarter, low-carbon energy system, has reached some key milestones, says ENA's head of innovation, Randolph Brazier
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The energy system is evolving, both in how the system is used and in the expectations of those using it. Moreover, the pace of change is accelerating. Together, these trends are shedding light on the importance of grid reliability.
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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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As networks prepare for a big surge in demand from electric vehicles in the coming years, Utility Week explores SSEN’s controversial proposals to use smart meters to disconnect home chargers and other low-carbon technologies if they are at risk of overloading the local infrastructure.
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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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Energy UK has flagged concerns over the participation of regulated network monopolies in markets for flexibility and ancillary services. The trade association warned that the involvement of network companies will deter competition and undermine confidence in their neutrality as market operators, negating any cost savings that might be achieved over the short term.
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The Energy Systems Catapult has reopened it’s Living Lab for trials after launching a new digital integration platform for the 100 connected homes. It said the introduction of the new software means the lab is now “truly open, interoperable and scalable".
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Matt Watson, project manager for Western Power Distribution’s Intraflex project, talks to Utility Week about their efforts to increase participation in local flexibility markets by buying services both further away and closer to real time.
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Social Energy is offering homeowners with a battery the chance to earn £500 by providing flexibility to the local electricity network during periods of high demand. The supplier is initially looking for around 100 households in specific areas of South London, Hertfordshire and Kent.
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The Energy Networks Association is seeking views on the standardisation of local energy markets across Britain as part of its long-running Open Networks project. The organisation said the work will “turbo charge” the growth of flexibility, which it described as the “bedrock” of the future power grid.
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National Grid will tomorrow (25 July) deliver a 90-tonne 5-metre-wide transformer to its substation in Crowley as part of the creation of a smart local energy system in Oxford. The transformer will feed power from the transmission network to a hybrid battery system and a private wire laid around the south of the city that will link together the Energy Superhub Oxford.
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