BP has said the Lightsource solar business it acquired a 43% stake in last week would be “massively complementary” to its existing alternative energy division.
As 2017 draws to a close, Clean Energy News looks back on what has been a considerably interesting year for the energy transition. In the first of a series of articles running this week, we recap the best stories of 2017, beginning today with January through March.
Follow the launch of the follow-up to its popular demand response product Dynamic Demand, Clean Energy News caught up with Open Energi technical director Michael Bironneu and commercial director David Hill to discuss the platform’s development, demand response’s role in the energy transition and how it will change in the future.
Good Energy has signed up Europe’s largest smart charging solutions provider for electric vehicles as it prepares to launch a new proposition for its business and domestic customers.
A large group of major multinational companies has urged European member states to support a renewable energy target of at least 35% by 2030.
Distribution network operators (DNOs) should be able to own and operate a minimal amount of battery storage capacity in certain cases, and be able to compete in the ancillary services market to fund the projects, according to Northern Powergrid’s head of regulation and strategy.
An official from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has pushed back against claims that “question marks” hang over government decarbonisation plans, stating that good progress had been made.
Ofgem’s head of networks has reiterated the regulator’s warning to operator companies that they should expect tougher price controls after pointing to “double digit returns” deemed too high within current market conditions.
Changes to the de-rating factors for battery storage projects competing in the Capacity Market (CM) will push the sector towards longer-duration batteries, while potentially sparking a shift towards energy arbitrage as a source of revenue for shorter duration applications.
Government policy and regulation offer the biggest barriers to the deployment of battery energy storage in the UK according to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Energy Storage, which claims 12GW of batteries could be deployed by 2021 under the right circumstances.
- BP deal to ‘supercharge’ Lightsource international ambitions
- BP combines with Lightsource to fuel significant solar partnership
- Barclays to back corporate renewables with ‘pioneering’ green banking products
- Domestic batteries to link Irish homes together with variable renewables in new trial
- Wirsol to develop two PPA-backed, subsidy-free solar parks in Q1 2018
Distribution network operator (DNO) Northern Powergrid has unveiled a predictive fault detection project which it says could be a game-changer for network operators.
Good Energy has moved to add to its digital expertise by appointing current Moneysupermarket.com chief information officer Timothy Jones to its board.
Eurelectric has pledged to reach carbon neutrality within Europe’s power supply “well before” the year 2050.
Digitalisation in solar and across the wider European energy market could create “vast” market opportunities and entirely new business models, a new report has found.
The government appears set to re-evaluate its smart meter rollout plans after the Smart Meters Bill committee met to discuss the bill last week.
Great Britain’s electricity networks will collaborate on new markets for flexibility services to rival the need for traditional upgrade investments, developing a national smart grid which could deliver £17 billion back to the economy by 2050.
Scottish & Southern Electricity (SSE) has said the merger of its supply arm with npower’s will bring about a “completely new model” for the UK supply market.