Electricity North West has said consumers could be saved around £300 million over the next 25 years simply by lowering their electricity supply with voltage controllers without anyone noticing a difference in their power supply.
The UK working alongside Canada has launched an international alliance committing at least 25 nations and states to accelerate the phasing out of unabated coal power in favour of clean energy growth.
The aptly-named Development House in the heart of London’s tech city of Old Street hosts Open Utility, a firm intent on disrupting, but also collaborating with, UK electricity’s established names. Clean Energy News sat down with CEO and co-founder James Johnson to discuss the company's global rise and what areas it has in its sights going forward.
Ofgem has thrown out a request by SSE to modify industry rules which would have resulted in generators receive a £120 million rebate funded by consumers.
Eelpower has commissioned a 10MWh battery storage project, backed with both frequency response and capacity market contracts, in the first of a new pipeline of projects being planned by the company over the next decade.
Centrica has revealed plans to build a single 100MW battery energy storage system in Ireland for delivery by 2022 to take advantage of capacity market and grid services opportunities currently under development.
Blockchain has received the backing of a powerful coalition of energy companies and trading houses who have announced plans to create and invest in a new venture develop a blockchain-based digital platform for energy commodities trading.
Yesterday came the symbolic moment that many in the smaller supplier market had been waiting for as SSE and RWE npower confirmed plans for a merger. However, with issues around competition in the GB supply market and a chequered history of consumer satisfaction, the fall of the Big Six to five may still be a way off.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has refused to provide any clarity over when a decision on the potential derating of energy storage assets within the capacity market (CM) will be made despite a senior policy advisor stating the judgement is “imminent”.
Centrica has boosted its presence within the global energy market with the acquisition of Restore, the demand response aggregator manging 1.7GW of peak load from industrial and commercial customers across European countries and the US.
Siemens has continued to bolster its UK presence with a new partnership with Grid Battery Storage Limited (GBSL) which will see a 22MW portfolio of four projects built and an ‘energy storage as a service’ offering launched.
Vattenfall has been granted an independent distribution network operators (IDNO) licence by Ofgem, allowing the Swedish company to move into the UK’s network operations market.
After much anticipation, the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS) is finally out and has been swiftly followed by the Helm Review. Steve Mack, head of investments at Low Carbon, looks at how the two publications fit into the bigger picture of UK energy policy and what to look out for in the future from the upcoming Budget and the Industrial Strategy White Paper.
The UK’s large-scale battery storage installations have reached 100MW of capacity, made up of around 50 individual sites larger than 250kW. However, as Solar Media Market Research analyst Lauren Cook explains, data from the UK Battery Storage Project Database report shows that this is just the beginning, with revenue stream patterns emerging to show how projects are proving to be successful.
Flexible and distributed energy sources in the UK will reach 25GW by 2030 according to Aurora Energy Research, which has forecast potential annual revenues close to £3 billion as batteries, ‘peakers’ and demand-side response (DSR) come to the fore.
The traditional ‘supplier hub’ model of energy supply in the UK may “break down” as the UK power market continues to become more decentralised, Ofgem has warned.
Dieter Helm has pitched his vision for the future energy market, including a “significantly diminished” role for Ofgem as its responsibilities are largely redistributed.
Digital technologies within the UK power system have and will continue to unlock a whole range of new benefits that can be delivered by solar, as well as cost reductions, increased performance and optimised revenue, according to a new report from trade body SolarPower Europe (SPE).
Chris Pritchett, contract lawyer and partner heading up the energy and environment practice at Foot Anstey, recently served as moderator for the “Developers and financiers debate” at the Energy Storage Conference at the Solar & Storage Live 2017 show in Birmingham. In attendance were fund managers and project developers and a robust discussion followed and afterwards, Chris caught up with Andy Colthorpe for an in-depth interview on camera.
Motor Fuel Group has added Ecotricity to the roll-out of electric vehicle chargers at its petrol station forecourts, with a small number already installed, before ChargePoint Services begins its installations next month.
Last month Vattenfall invited Clean Energy News to visit Parc y Cymoedd, the largest onshore wind farm in Wales and home of the company's first energy storage project in the UK, one of eight in total to have won an Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract last year. As the company explained, after a "very steep, almost vertical learning curve" Vattenfall is ready to take on whatever National Grid comes up with next.
SSE and Drax have signed an open letter to chancellor Philip Hammond calling for a “robust and strong” carbon price following the recent publication of the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS).
All electric vehicle (EV) charge points sold in the UK will have to be ‘smart’ and able to interact with the grid to help manage the increased demand for electricity expected to arrive alongside higher take-up.
Energy storage investors will need to have their projects in the ground by June next year at the latest if they are to take advantage of the lucrative new ancillary services market set to be implemented by National Grid, according to Sungrow’s European managing director.
Large incumbents such as the ‘Big Six’ utilities have a dominant and undue influence over UK energy policy, potentially holding back a clean power transition, a new report has claimed.
Anesco is investigating how it could adopt flow batteries into future projects instead of lithium as a response to growing uncertainty around the future of storage de-rating in the capacity market.
The National Infrastructure Commission has placed carbon as one of the three biggest threats posed to the country’s prosperity and quality of life over the coming decades and laid the foundations for a series of new policy proposals in the power sector.
The government has placed power and smart systems innovation at the heart of its long-delayed Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), despite offering little more than current funding initiatives for storage, electric vehicle charging and network development.
National Grid will have a greater power margin this winter than first expected, effectively putting to bed any fears over blackouts this winter.
Kiwi Power is to finance and develop a battery storage project at a multi-technology renewable energy site in south Wales, where it will provide constant grid services availability to National Grid for two years in a first for the aggregator.