Technology & Operations
Piclo secures £562k BEIS grant for energy ‘eBay’
Piclo, the digital company that has developed online trading platforms for energy flexibility, has secured £562,000 in funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to launch and trial a new type of online flexibility market.
Ofgem launches low carbon Action Plan in nine steps
New Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley used his first day in post to publish the regulator's Decarbonisation Action Plan, setting out nine steps the regulator plans to make in the next 18 months to meet the 2050 net-zero challenge.
Kaluza and WPD deliver first domestic battery flex service
Intelligent energy platform Kaluza has delivered the first service to offer flexibility to a distribution network operator (DNO) from a portfolio of domestic properties, in a contract with Western Power Distribution (WPD) in Lincolnshire.
Calculating storage and flexibility in a net-zero world
Alex Buckman, networks and energy storage practice manager at the Energy Systems Catapult, describes its new Storage and Flexibility Model, a number-crunching tool that can calculate the future storage and renewable generation capacity needed to meet variable demand in a net-zero world.
Ofgem sets out DSO policy position
A new positioning paper from the regulator has outlined its approach to the development of Distribution System Operation policy.
Putting the focus on flexibility
The Energy Institute's incoming president Steve Holliday reflects on the Energy Barometer 2019 and calls for a renewed and visionary focus on flexibility.
ENA says simplicity is key to unlocking potential of flexibility
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has called for simplicity when it comes to providing access to flexibility markets.
Networks unveil electricity flexibility commitment
Britain's electricity grid operators have unveiled a new flexibility commitment to help shape the way network infrastructure will be run.
WPD announces results from latest flexibility tender
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has awarded flexibility contracts totalling 21.5MW through its Flexible Power offering following the completion of its latest procurement round.
UKPN announces flexibility tender results
UK Power Networks has announced the results of a tender to procure flexible energy services.
The benefits of flexibility
Graham Ault, executive director at Smarter Grid Solutions, discusses the key values that flexibility can bring to an economically developed and operated grid.
SSEN announce plans to devise methodology to support neutrality
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will work with Frontier Economics to devise a method that supports its role as a neutral market facilitator of a smarter, low-carbon and flexible electricity network.
WPD opens tender window for 93.4MW of flexibility
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has opened its tender window for the procurement of demand response services.
Unlocking the value of flexibility for networks
As flexibility procurement becomes a crucial tool for distribution network operators (DNOs), energy users are presented with a new opportunity, writes Andrew McKenna, commercial manager at Northern Powergrid, who is leading the development of the company's flexibility services implementation.
UKPN to spend £12m on flexibility services
UK Power Networks is committing £12 million in funding for flexibility services across the South East and East of England.
Getting regulation right
Flexibility and the DSO business model was the topic of discussion at a recent roundtable hosted by Network and Oracle. With work now well underway on the second set of RIIO price controls, speakers were keen to talk about the impact of regulation on the transformation of networks.
New flexibility approach unveiled
Northern Powergrid has unveiled a plan that could see supermarkets, factories and large offices in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire helping to keep electricity distribution costs lower for their communities, while earning extra income.
Electricity North West announces partnership with GridBeyond
Electricity North West (Construction and Maintenance) has announced a partnership with GridBeyond to provide demand side response (DSR) and intelligent energy service technologies to more than 900 businesses in its area.
Network operators agree flexibility commitment
Britain's electricity network operators have entered into a commitment which will see them include smart flexibility service markets as part of their day-to-day operations.
SP Energy Networks joins flexibility marketplace
SP Energy Networks will trial the Piclo Flexibility Marketplace in an effort to uncover where flexibility can be used across its networks.
120MW battery storage portfolio transaction completed
UK Power Reserve has awarded the second phase of its battery-based energy storage portfolio contracts to Fluence, a Siemens and AES company.
Electricity flexibility project gets Ofgem green light
SP Energy Networks Project Fusion will get underway this month (October) after energy regulator Ofgem confirmed its funding for the scheme.
UK Power Networks announces 25 ‘flexibility first’ zones
UK Power Networks has announced ambitious plans to procure more than 100MW of flexibility services from distributed energy resources (DER).
WPD to deploy new software from Smarter Grid Solutions
Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) has agreed a new enterprise licence deal with Western Power Distribution (WPD), which will see the network operator deploy ANM Strata software across its entire network area.
UKPN adopts ‘flexibility first’ approach to electricity network
UK Power Networks is adopting a 'flexibility first' approach to delivering additional network capacity and reducing electricity demand during peak times.
Flexibility is key
As networks seek to respond to changing operational demands and the ongoing drive for efficiency, flexibility is key.
JV offering businesses battery storage deal
A joint venture between Thrive Renewables and Aura Power will see UK businesses offered the chance to use battery energy storage systems to cut electricity bills at no cost to themselves.
ENW to pay businesses to help balance grid
Electricity North West is asking businesses in parts of the North West to generate more power, or reduce their energy usage at certain times, as part of a new flexible service.
A level playing field
Mark Meyrick, head of smart grids at renewable energy supplier Ecotricity, discusses the challenge of DNOs and DSOs maintaining impartiality in the evolving environment of flexibility and ancillary services.
EVs could provide 11GW of flexibility by 2030
Electric vehicles (EVs) could provide more than 11GW of flexible capacity to the UK's energy system by 2030, according to analysis carried out by Open Energi.
ENA reveals roadmap for shift to DSO model
The Energy Networks Association has published a roadmap outlining the key steps in the introduction of the distribution system operator (DSO) model for local power networks.