Smart energy through a local lens, 26 October 2016

The shift to an energy system with flexible generation, use and supply is gathering pace. This ultimately means that we are moving towards a more decentralised, local approach to managing our energy needs.Read more

The electricity network revolution – what’s next? 26 October 2016

The electricity network is changing rapidly. Those that manage it, the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), have weathered the storm of solar PV applications over the past few years, and now face a blast of energy storage applications. The DNOs have adapted and evolved in response.Read more

Who pays for the grid? 30 September 2016

The question of who pays for the grid, and the methodology used to calculate network charging has vexed energy policy makers for some time and is now a hot topic in the UK. In recent weeks Ofgem has made two very significant interventions that will have a direct impact on embedded or distributed generators, energy storage providers and any high energy users with demand side response or behind the meter generation, to avoid peak transmission or distribution grid charges.Read more

Celebrating innovation: Regen SW’s Green Energy Awards shortlist, 21 September 2016

Today marks the announcement of the prestigious Green Energy Awards shortlist. The 13th annual awards ceremony will honour the innovation, dedication and creative ingenuity that has put the south west of England at the forefront of the green energy revolution.Read more

Despite a ‘Rubik’s Cube’ of complex market and policy signals energy storage is poised for growth, 07 September 2016

Energy storage is poised to grow rapidly in the UK towards 10GW in the 2030’s – but action is needed to align the technology with market and policy signals if this potential is to be realised. The findings are in a new report.Read more

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Policy Priorities, 20 October 2016

As the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) settles in, we thought members would be interested in our take on the emerging priorities. There will be a chance to engage with them directly at Renewable Futures and Green Energy Awards on 29th November in Bath.Read more

FIT solar installations plummet but commercial projects buck trend, 30 September 2016

The release of new figures from Ofgem on FIT installations have shown a 66 per cent drop in the number of installations registered in quarter two 2016, dropping from 45,156 in the previous quarter to 15,420 installations registered from April to June this year. Although the sub 10 kW schemes are clearly experiencing a significant decline, the figures indicate other deployment bands are seeing growth.Read more

UK heat strategy and greening the gas network, 30 September 2016

As other options for decarbonising heating struggle to go to scale, green gas is receiving more focus. At the moment the heat sector is in a state of policy uncertainty, with government responses on the RHI, Feed-in Tariff for AD (and micro-CHP), and the new £320 million Heat Network Investment Project, all expected imminently. A new heat strategy is also due, which gives the government an opportunity to set out its vision of the decarbonised heat system for 2050 and beyond.Read more

Energy storage: the Enhanced Frequency Response auction, 30 September 2016

The results of the first National Grid EFR auction were published on 26 August 2016 and successful bidders in the £65 million tender now have 18 months to complete their projects. The success of battery storage in the auction marks a major step towards commercial viability for this key technology. In this article we have looked at the trends revealed in the tender results.Read more

Sunshine powers sewage treatment, 13 October 2016

A celebration yesterday marked the first anniversary of community-owned renewable energy being used to treat sewage from Bodmin.Read more