Grid Balancing

Over five million second generation smart meters installed as rollout hits new milestone

By |2020-09-20T09:07:30+00:00September 24th, 2020|Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid|

Over five million SMETS2 smart meters have been installed in the UK according to the Data Communications Company (DCC). The milestone was reached with the installation of a meter at a location in Lincoln by Bulb Energy yesterday (7 September 2020). It has been achieved despite installations pausing from March due the COVID-19 lockdown, and

‘Batteries cost-effective alternative to fossil fuels’, UK grid operator flexibility project finds

By |2020-07-13T16:21:19+00:00July 17th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

Batteries can offer a cost-effective option for upward and downward reserve to the UK grid, a project run by AI and automation tech firm Arenko with transmission network operator National Grid ESO has found. The trial, first announced in May, found that the Electricity National Control Centre (ENCC) can effectively request the availability of

Smart homes with solar and storage could ‘eliminate’ evening peak

By |2020-07-13T16:09:48+00:00July 15th, 2020|Battery Storage, Electric Vehicles, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar, Solar and Battery|

A combination of residential solar, storage and smart controls could "dramatically reduce" the evening peak. This is according to a new report produced by the Solar Trade Association (STA), Loughborough University and Advanced Further Energy. The report looks into the grid and consumer benefits of four generations of smart home, scaled up across a

South Somerset Council: Battery bank generates cash for frontline services

By |2020-07-07T09:42:29+00:00July 10th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

A 25-megawatt battery-based energy storage system has been connected to the electricity grid to store surplus power from wind and solar plants. Located in a field near Taunton, it works by buying and storing electricity when it is cheap and then selling it at peak demand for a profit. It also helps the National

Ofgem approves changes ending double charging of storage

By |2020-05-26T10:44:33+00:00May 26th, 2020|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

Double charging of battery storage is to end, as Ofgem approves changes to the Connection and Use of System Code (CUSC). The UK regulator announced last year it was consulting on the removal of Balancing Service Use of System (BSUoS) charges for energy taken from the grid by storage assets. BSUoS charges allow National

German town disconnects from grid, goes 100% renewable – for an hour

By |2019-12-16T23:22:55+00:00December 20th, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, News, Power Generation, Renewable Energy, Solar and Battery|

For a brief period a few days ago, Bordesholm in Germany became a showcase for how entire communities could switch over to renewable energy, with the backing of energy storage capacity. Solar inverter maker SMA’s devices, including its Sunny Central Storage battery inverter and SMA Hybrid Controller XL, were used in a trial whereby

Batteries and black outs: How storage helped bring the UK system back online, and how they could do more

By |2019-08-23T19:45:16+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News, Solar and Battery|

Those digits won’t mean a lot outside of energy circles, but they’re likely to be etched into the UK industry’s folklore. Just after 16:52 on Friday 9 August 2019, the UK’s power system - one of the most secure in the world - tripped, causing power outages felt by more than 1 million customers. While

Asda signs up its fridges to keep the UK warm this winter

By |2019-08-23T19:41:14+00:00September 2nd, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News|

Asda signs up its fridges to keep the UK warm this winter Supermarket’s freezers will help power 8,500 homes by matching defrost times to blackouts or surges in demand Hundreds of Asda supermarket stores will help power the UK’s electricity system this winter by using their fridges as a virtual battery pack for the energy

Battery storage called into action as UK suffers country-wide power cuts

By |2019-11-28T19:35:01+00:00August 15th, 2019|Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, National Grid, News, Power Cut|

Battery storage assets were called into action last week after the UK suffered country-wide power outages following a transmission system stress event. Last Friday evening (9 August 2019), two large generators were disconnected from the UK’s power system almost simultaneously, effectively taking 2GW worth of electricity generation within minutes of each other. That collapse in

Battery storage and new opportunities

By |2019-07-29T16:43:54+00:00August 1st, 2019|Battery Storage, Energy and Climate Change, Grid Balancing, News, Opinion, Power Generation, Solar and Battery|

Two years ago, battery storage enjoyed a quite different environment. National Grid was offering attractively priced, bilateral Firm Frequency Response (FFR) contracts, so anyone on the enduring market could easily capture prices between £15/MWh and £25/MWh (and sometimes even higher). The Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) tender also awarded 4-year contracts with an average price of

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