As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we have been unable to host our usual Summer Reception to celebrate the progress made in demand side flexibility.  However, in order to keep stakeholders up to date on the latest flexibility developments we have launched our Summer Insights series that forms a collection of podcasts from industry experts, including BEIS, DNO’s, demand side providers, and the ESO.

We will be publishing new podcasts daily from Friday 26th June.  To make sure you don’t miss them, register on the page footer to receive updates.

Summer Insights

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Tim and Sarah will be talking about some of the challenges faced over the past year such as Capacity Market suspension, Portal Changes and of course the effect of COVID-19 on the Capacity Market. Alongside this, they will also be taking a look ahead at some the work that is currently on-going and what we can expect in the future.

Regen’s Jodie Giles and Kerry Hayes discuss how Community Energy Projects are evolving, their outlook for the next 5 to 10 years, and the primary drivers that are incentivising them.

The ESO and DNOs are working closely together to establish coordinated markets that help solve operabilty issues that have traditionally resulted in costly industry investment. Regional Development Programmes seek to connect distributed energy resources to our networks more quickly and efficiently and therefore offset the high costs associated with traditional network reinforcements. Our podcast discusses the challenges and risks to delivery.

The ENA’s Open Networks Project is developing a strategy to deliver the smart grid of the future in the UK, through a ‘learn-by-doing’ approach.

The projects workstream 1A focuses specifically on flexibility, and works to define and develop transparency and standardisation across networks in their procurement of flexibility services, as well as initiating new work to facilitate and encourage new markets and platforms for flexibility.

The two year NIA project trials the procuremnt of Frequency Response from a weekly pay as clear auction that seeks to remove barriers to entry for those who cannot accurately forecast their availability over long time horizons.
Following the first 6 months of the Frequency Response Weekly Auction trial (phase 2) the ESO Ancillary Service Development team wish to share their current progress and next steps.

Dynamic Containment is a new Frequency Response product being designed to operate post-fault, i.e. for deployment after a significant frequency deviation in order to meet the most immediate need for faster-acting frequency response.

Currently, the electricity system is experiencing lower inertia and larger, more numerous losses than ever before. Faster acting frequency response products are needed because system frequency is moving away from 50Hz more rapidly as a consequence of imbalances.