08 November 2017

The Connected Energy November horizon scan; your essential news

This November, the ongoing radical shake up of UK energy continues to shift into yet more disruptive, fascinating territory.

UK energy news

This November, the ongoing radical shake up of UK energy continues to shift into yet more disruptive, fascinating territory.

National Grid confirms sweeping changes to balancing markets

Clean Energy News (CEN) is reporting that National Grid has confirmed an overhaul of the grid balancing markets it operates, pledging to “rationalise” products such as frequency response and operating reserve.

The move shares similarities with pledges to overhaul electric vehicles infrastructure recently laid before Parliament.

What's happening is this; all the movement on flexibility, a new, responsive grid and electric vehicles is now becoming established in concrete policy changes.

The promise of what the Government has spoken about is gradually becoming reality before our eyes.

With regards to National Grid, CEN says that in a letter to participants sent earlier this week, National Grid confirmed a series of decisions it had taken over 8 markets in particular, having initially hinted at the overhaul within July’s ‘Systems Needs and Product Strategy’ consultation.

The 8 products up for the chop include both the Enhanced Frequency Response and Rapid Frequency Response markets, which are to be rolled into an improved frequency response product in the new year, and the Enhanced Optional Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) and STOR Runway tenders which will be replaced by a newly-designed STOR market.

Expect more moves in future, as the rationalisation of the UK energy market continues. The changes are complex, and whilst positive can be challenging for businesses to understand.

If you need advice on any of National Grid's policy alterations; contact us.

Renewable energy hits record popularity in the UK

Climate Action Programme says official figures show renewable energy has hit record popularity in the UK, while support for fracking has hit a record low.

The news is telling because renewables are going to be a critical part of the flexible grid of the future, and every business should consider whether they ought to be getting involved.

Crucially, renewables work supremely well with today's battery technologies, which are also becoming far more affordable as every day passes.

In the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) poll on public attitudes towards energy, solar energy remains the most popular choice with 84% expressing support, but other renewable technologies fared equally well.

79% of respondents favoured offshore wind, wave and tidal energy, 74% supported onshore wind and 69% biomass.

James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association said: “Following an extraordinary year for the industry, seeing record highs for generation and dramatic falls in prices, it is not surprising that public support for renewables has risen and is the most popular form of generation.”

All in all, it's more important evidence that the fundamental changes to UK power are now unstoppable.

EV registrations up 1,800%

Finally this month, Fleet News reports that Registrations of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) have increased by 1,864% since 2011, with almost 100,000 now on UK roads.

Our advice; every company out there should look at its fleet, and consider how electric vehicles can become central to its transport portfolio.

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