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

May 09, 2015 No Comments by

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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Trending topics of research from the IEEE Power & Energy Society General Meeting

Aug 12, 2011 No Comments

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering’s Power and Energy Society General Meeting of 2011 (or IEEE PES GM 2011) recently took place in Detroit, Michigan in the US. Rather aptly for the setting of Motor City and the home of the Big Three American automotive companies (General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler), the event was […]

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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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Getting the public behind smart grids

Jul 27, 2011 No Comments

Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, has said he intends for 100% of the country’s energy to come from renewable sources by 2020. While this target is completely unrealistic (though it would undeniably pave the way to future independence) it has once again brought into focus the public’s attitudes towards wind power. The government clearly loves […]

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Are dreams of a North Sea HVDC Super Grid unravelling?

Jun 29, 2011 No Comments

There have been dreams of a North Sea Super Grid for some time. With various areas already released as prime locations for offshore wind farm development, all that power is going to need to come to shore – where the demand is. Radial AC connections (for a long time the standard method of plugging in […]

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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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