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Commercial opportunities in UK’s £1bn ancillary services market (2014 / 2015)

Jun 09, 2015 No Comments by

Ancillary services are a suite of specialist services and markets provided by the system operator to facilitate and support the continuous flow of electricity and ensure demand matches supply and balance supply and demand in the final hour before settlement. The purpose of ancillary services is to provide support across the whole of the electricity […]

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Commercial Frequency Response Market Worth £126m in 2014 / 2015

Jun 04, 2015 No Comments by

Commercial Frequency Response spending is split between Firm Frequency Response (FFR) and Frequency Control by Demand Management (FCDM). Firm Frequency Response (FFR) is the firm provision of Dynamic or Non-Dynamic response to changes in Frequency. Unlike Mandatory Frequency response, FFR is open to Balancing Mechanism Unit (BMU) and non-BMU providers, existing Mandatory Frequency Response providers […]

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Footroom Market to Reduce Curtailment of Renewable Energy Worth £8m in 2014 / 2015

Jun 04, 2015 2 Comments

Footroom enables renewable energy produced by wind turbine during periods of low demand to be utilised, rather than curtailed. Footroom is available to both generators and loads. Generators receive income from for cutrailing output and consuming grid-supplied electricity. Loads beneft by increasing consumption at times when renewable generation would otherwise be curtailed. Footroom: Market Size […]

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STOR Market for Short Term Generation Support Worth £62m in 2014 / 2015

Jun 04, 2015 No Comments

Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) is a service for the provision of additional active power from generation and/or demand reduction. There are two types of STOR service: Committed: STOR service provider makes the service available for all required availability windows within the contracted term Flexible Service: greater freedom as to how many hours the STOR […]

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Fast Reserve Market to Support Sudden Changes in Grid Frequency Worth £130m in 2014 / 2015

Jun 03, 2015 No Comments

Fast Reserve provides the rapid and reliable delivery of active power through an increased output from generation or a reduction in consumption from demand sources, following receipt of an electronic despatch instruction from National Grid. Fast Reserve is used, in addition to other energy balancing services, to control frequency changes that might arise from sudden, […]

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Conservative party victory likely to promote energy market competition, fast-track shale gas and roll-back renewables

May 09, 2015 No Comments

Recent energy policy in the UK has been shaped by the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition. The energy minister was a Liberal Democrat, and thus the junior coalition partners exerted considerable influence on energy policy. Energy policy can be neatly summarized through its relative focus on three competing priorities: Sustainability Affordability Security The past 5 […]

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Anaerobic Digestion returns compare favourably vs. Wind & Solar, but returns are likely to be volatile

Nov 03, 2013 No Comments

Current UK government feed in tariff support for Solar, Wind and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) means that all three technologies offer potentially attractive returns to developers. This article compares the attractiveness of each technology by reviewing differences in governmental support, capital costs and the business model. All three technologies generate revenue from sale of electricity to […]

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The AMI for the Smart Grid Should Utilise Existing Broadband & Mobile Communication Networks

Sep 16, 2011 No Comments

Over the past 3 months, an interesting debate has been advancing on the Smart Grid Executive forum on LinkedIn. The question posed was whether an Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) could be delivered by sharing a customer’s broadband connection or if a new bespoke network needs to be developed. The following discussion highlights some of the […]

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The Future of Distribution Management Systems

Jul 28, 2011 No Comments

The Smart Grid is emerging as a collection of applications and approaches which will enable greater customer participation, an increased penetration of renewable energy and significant efficiency gains for the electrical utility. Utilities are hoping that large efficiency gains can be achieved through the deployment and enhancement of Distribution Management Systems (DMSs), which are widely […]

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Nuclear vs. Wind: A UK Perspective

Jun 28, 2011 1 Comment

Last month, the UK’s Committee on Climate Change released the Renewable Energy Review. The review focuses on two key areas: firstly, whether or not the Governments renewable targets for 2020 should be raised, and secondly, to provide more detailed advice beyond 2020. The report compares the viability of a whole host of renewable and low […]

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