The current incarnation of the Short Term Operating Reserve market has been in place for around eight years, running three tenders a year.
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What brings the demand side to the table? Alastair Martin, chief strategy officer at Flexitricity, says they need infinite patience. “A lot of the companies we deal with are very big companies.
There is a raft of options for bringing the demand side into managing the electricity network. They have policy attention, but there is a way to go to turn that into effective action, Flexitrixity's founder tells Janet Wood.
Our energy system is becoming increasingly part of a European market and we expect it to become more so as new electricity interconnectors allow GB to import and export much more power. But do our neighbours share our coming 'margin crunch' and will their needs fit with ours? Sian Crampsie investigated
Later this year the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) will run a Capacity Market auction for delivery in four years. Interconnectors will be able to participate in the auction alongside other forms of generation.
Across Europe DNOs are sometimes referred to as distribution system operators (DSOs). Their role may be very similar to DNOs in Great Britain but in some cases they have broader activities including dealing with domestic customers.
Regulator Ofgem has been pushing forward with changes in regulation designed to support the evolution of network operators from passive “wires” companies to active partners in network management. Its move from RPI-X regulation to RIIO – based on
WPD’s Roger Hey says the company learned from a domestic energy storage project that “we are not the right organisation to have that deep engagement with [domestic] customers.
LCNF projects are becoming the engine of change for distribution network operators. Janet Wood investigated the new commercial relationships being born and asked whether DNOs have a ‘system operator’ role in future
Ebitda at Drax for 2014 was £229 million, down just £1 million on the previous year.