Celebrating innovation: Green Energy Awards shortlist, 22 September

The 14th annual awards ceremony will honour the innovation, dedication and creative ingenuity enabling the transformation to clean, smart and flexible energy. The shortlisted nominees will now go through to the final stage of judging, where an expert panel of judges will select this year’s winners. The winners of each category will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Bath’s historic Assembly Rooms on 28 November 2017.Read more

Capacity Market 'Improving the Framework', 15 September 2017

Our response to the BEIS 'Improving the Framework' consultation raised some issues about their approach to de-rating storage on the basis of duration. We argued for addressing the issue through a technology-neutral penalty. We also had concerns that the late-in-the-day changes like those proposed will inevitably impact investor confidence in delivering the government’s long-term energy objectives.Read more

Ofgem announcement regarding storage and the Renewables Obligation, 14 September 2017

Ofgem have indicated that generators accredited under the Renewables Obligation (RO) scheme, will be able to claim RO Certificates (ROCs) for all renewable electricity generated, even if it is used to charge an energy storage system. Ofgem has recognised the significant role storage is set to play in the ‘smart and flexible’ energy system that they outlined with BEIS, in their joint strategy document launched earlier this year.Read more

Regen reacts to Contracts for Difference Round Two, 11 September 2017

The tumbling price for power from offshore wind is a huge success for the policy of successive UK governments of supporting developing renewable energy technologies. The UK leads the world in offshore wind and it now has the opportunity to reap the benefits in lower bills and huge industrial opportunities.Read more

Heat Update: RHI changes announced, 06 September 2017

After a long period of radio silence, the government has now initiated a raft of changes to their ‘world first’ Renewable Heat Incentive scheme – and declared an intention to make more. Now six years old, this scheme was created to support both domestic and non-domestic consumers to switch to more renewable forms of heat, such as heat pumps, Anaerobic Digestion and biomass.Read more

How to pay for local balancing and supply, 17 August 2017

Local balancing and supply makes sense. Why not strive to use power close to where it is being produced at the time it is generating? That way we can reduce the losses from transporting power over long distances, we can reduce the amount of power flowing in the opposite direction it was meant to and potentially connect more low carbon generation through more efficient use of the local network.Read more

UKPN offer a window on the future of localised flexibility services, 16 August 2017

UK Power Networks has released more information about how and where they intend to tender for flexibility services. The expression of interest is for delivery of flexible capacity at 10 substations where there are problems delivering peak capacity – which could include energy storage, Demand Side Response (DSR), and other flexible generation.Read more

Launch of WPD storage consultation report, 14 August 2017

WPD has been working with Regen to develop an approach to model the growth and operation of storage. As part of this modelling work, we developed and issued a consultation paper, aiming to help us to validate some of the key assumptions we have made in this modelling approach. This consultation was issued on 15th May 2017, was open to responses for 6 weeks and closed on 21st June 2017.Read more

Some advice for community energy groups wanting to work with Scouts, 10 August 2017

Connecting with existing local organisations like the Scouts is an obvious step for community energy groups who want to get the message out in their locality. As part of a project Regen were developing for Western Power Distribution, I had a little time to investigate the intersection between Scouts and Community energy groups. Here are some of the things I discovered!Read more

BEIS and Ofgem Smart Energy Plan, 24 July 2017

Many of the actions in the plan are already being progressed and there is, therefore, little in it that comes as a surprise (we will leave others to score the predictions we made in March). However, the fact there is now a detailed formal government plan on smart energy will provide greater confidence in the market.Read more