Electric distribution flexibility tenders could save Britain ‘billions’ versus network build-out

Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on email
Email
The UK’s first grid-scale battery was deployed in UK Power Network’s service area. Image: UKPN / Younicos.

One of the UK’s main distribution network operators (DNOs) has unveiled plans to revolutionise the way it procures flexibility and “supercharge” the services market.

UK Power Networks (UKPN), responsible for the delivery of power to London, the south-east and eastern England, has claimed an industry first with the publication of its new Flexibility Roadmap, a consultation document which professes to be a “major step-change” in the way networks operate.

The cornerstone of the proposals is the introduction of commercial markets for flexibility services, through which UKPN can procure flexibility from third party-owned distributed energy resources such as renewables and batteries. This flexibility can then be used to respond to planned or unplanned outages, or even free up additional capacity on distribution networks.

UKPN cited an Imperial College London study that found procuring this capacity through such means, instead of via costly new infrastructure, could save network operators billions of pounds by 2050.

To read the full version of this story, visit Current ±.

Read Next

May 12, 2022
Canadian Solar has made its first move in the UK battery energy storage space after signing a number of agreements with Pulse Clean Energy.
May 10, 2022
Industrial battery storage systems can lower electricity costs for the facilities they are installed at, but could also help manage the cost of power for all consumers.
May 5, 2022
With a handful of leading regions deploying grid-scale storage at a faster rate than ever, what sort of impact are these additions having so far on the problems they are intended to solve?
May 4, 2022
Welbar Energy Storage joint venture – made up of Penso Power and Luminous Energy – has secured planning permission for a 350MW connection capacity battery storage development with a five-hour duration in the UK.
May 4, 2022
UK-based renewable energy developer Anesco will use its acquisition of a German wind and solar developer to expand into the country’s utility-scale energy storage market, CEO Mark Futyan told Energy-storage.news.

Most Popular

Email Newsletter