Nissan turns on 4.75MW solar plant, ramps up commercial battery storage plans

Nissan's new 4.75MW solar plant is now fully operational. The Sunderland plant now has installed renewable capacity of 11.35MW, the remainder coming from ten wind...

Demand Turn Up: What worked and what didn’t work in summer grid balancing trial?

National Grid's first demand turn up trial concluded at the end of September. The Energyst asked aggregators how they see the service taking shape. Demand...

Real time is money: maximise flexible power revenues in all markets

REstore says its newest IoT-solution enables industrial and commercial consumers to achieve best bang for buck for their flexibility – opening up wholesale and...

Network companies must make data from smart trials public

Gas and electricity companies working on smart grid projects must publicly share the data that emerges from them, Ofgem has decided. The regulator has made...

Government plans changes to capacity market rules for batteries and unproven DSR

Battery storage operators bidding into future capacity market auctions will have to carefully consider new derating factors proposed by government. The department for business, energy...

Centrica acquires demand-side response aggregator Restore for £62m

Centrica has acquired demand-side response aggregator Restore for £62m. The firm, which operates across northern Europe, specialises in unlocking and monetising industrial flexibility. It claims...
UKPN hopes local flexibility trading can solve local network issues

UK Power Networks and Open Utility to trial local flexibility platform

UK Power Networks will work with energy platform provider Open Utility on a local flexibility trial. The two aim to simplify the procurement and bidding...

Energy storage: I&C firms banking on FFR are “gambling”

Industrial and commercial (I&C) businesses making investments in energy storage in the hope of making returns from frequency response are “gambling”, according to RedT...

What’s the future of energy (and the energy of the future)?

The world of energy is changing at an ever-faster rate. In April 2018, the UK went five days without any coal-generated electricity for the...

Northern Powergrid steps up DSR plans, joins Piclo platform

Northern Powergrid is stepping up plans to use flexibility, or demand-side response (DSR) over traditional network reinforcement and has become the latest distribution network...

Tempus Energy’s Sara Bell: DSR aggregators are ecstatic about Capacity Market ruling

Tempus Energy chief executive, Sara Bell, says demand-side response aggregators are “ecstatic” about the European Court ruling on the Capacity Market, despite fears from...

SSE Networks to bring households into demand-side response this summer

Scottish and Southern Energy Networks aims to bring households and communities into demand-side response and hopes to start procuring services this summer. The move follows...

Isle of Man picks Vattenfall’s flex trading platform

Manx Utilities has struck a deal with Swedish energy firm Vattenfall enabling it to trade on the GB wholesale market via its flex platform. The...

Capacity Market: Sara Bell on what happens next

Tempus Energy CEO Sara Bell says companies that hold Capacity Market agreements will know whether or not they will get paid before the year-end. The...

Balancing market forecasting that is ‘more accurate than National Grid’

The energy market has been getting progressively more complex over the past decade with the amount of individual generation units producing power increasing, intermittency...

Compare the flex market: Piclo lands Beis funding for next phase

Piclo is preparing to launch the next phase of its flexibility platform, a genuine marketplace that enables people to bid into multiple tenders –...

Limejump adds Ylem’s 20MW Trafford peaker to virtual power plant

Shell-owned Limejump has added Ylem's new 20MW Trafford gas peaker to its virtual power plant. Despite challenges due to coronavirus restrictions, Ylem commissioned the engines...

Ofgem tells DNOs to get on with 1MW+ asset register and plan for national...

Distribution network operators must compile a database of all assets connected to their networks above 1MW – and make them publicly available after Ofgem...

Kaluza works with Scottish wind farm to provide flexibility with new ODFM service

Kaluza, an intelligent energy platform, has begun working with Vento Ludens, owners and operators of the Muirake wind farm in Aberdeenshire, to provide a...

SMS begins construction of 90MW grid-scale battery storage projects

The two sites in Cambridgeshire and South Yorkshire will help build grid resilience and flexibility as we transition to a low-carbon energy system powered...