Dr Matthew Lockwood gives his view on the role lobbying by big energy firms played in the breakdown of the system. He argues that new ways of making energy policy are essential if the UK is serious about reaching its net-zero goal.
How can the sector promote trust, fairness and legitimacy at the same time as tackling the urgent transformations linked to the net-zero journey and technological advances? A panel including Ofwat’s Jonson Cox, Lord Deben, Northern Powergrid CEO Phil Jones and Michael Lewis of Eon, gave their view as part of the New Deal for Utilities debate
The absence of a clear policy, regulatory and market framework is making it difficult to scale up low-carbon technologies such as heat pumps and drive down costs, BEAMA has warned. The trade body for manufacturers and providers of energy infrastructure has released a new report outlining the changes it considers necessary to achieve the government’s 2050 net-zero target.
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
Energy efficiency projects are “not yet ready” to compete in the capacity market, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has concluded based on the findings from a multi-year pilot scheme.
Utility Week’s Tom Grimwood runs through the events of last week which saw National Grid issue two separate warnings over expected shortfalls in electricity supply and asks whether they are merely the odd blip or the sign of a deeper problem.
Western Power Distribution has launched a new domestic flexibility trial that will see households paid to keep their electricity usage at or below a pre-agreed level during weekday peaks in demand. This is in contrast with most previous flexibility services which usually require providers to reduce their consumption by a specified amount.
National Grid Electricity System Operator has brought an end to the emergency downward flexibility service created by the body in April to manage unusually low demand over the summer as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. The ESO thanked parties for mobilising quickly to participate despite the “challenging landscape” at the time.
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.
Four of the distribution network operators (DNOs) in Great Britain will from now on operate all of their flexibility tenders through a single, joint website. The Flexible Power website, which was already in use after being developed by Western Power Distribution as part of an innovation project, allows flexibility providers to view the locations of networks constraints, the associated requirements, procurement notices and documentation.
Enel X has submitted a modification to the Balancing and Settlement Code that would allow independent aggregators to trade customers’ flexibility in wholesale energy markets through the newly created role of virtual lead party. The company said the current arrangements only allow customers to access wholesale markets through their supplier and not through an aggregator as they already can for balancing services, the balancing mechanism and the capacity market.
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.
Demand-side response aggregator Flexitricity has been bought by Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners – an investment manager specialising in renewable and low-carbon energy. The Edinburgh-based company was acquired from the Swiss energy company Alpiq for an undisclosed sum.
Kaluza is providing Western Power Distribution (WPD) with a single, combined flexibility service using domestic storage and vehicle-to-grid (V2G) devices in what it claims is an industry first. As part of the network operator’s IntraFlex project, Kaluza is adding domestic electric vehicle smart charging and V2G optimisation in addition to the flexibility service it already provides to WPD through the optimisation of batteries.
Elexon is proposing changes to the balancing and settlement code (BSC) to allow asset meters to be used for settlement purposes. Asset meters, which measure electricity flows to or from embedded generators, demand-side response providers or owners of electric vehicle charging points, are currently not recognised by the BSC.
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.