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.

Summer Insights

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To finish this year’s Summer Insights series, we hosted a Q&A webinar to give you the chance to ask questions directly to the podcast hosts.

In this Podcast Western Power Distribution talks about their ongoing initiatives helping embedded generators, the future requirements of the network and domestic technologies that may effect it.

In this podcast you’ll hear from Jason Stocks and Rob Sherwood at Limejump, express their views on the current shape of the electricity markets and how Limejump have been responding to the pandemic. They also discuss market trends over recent months and provide a unique insight into the current investor sentiment.

In today’s podcast we hear from Sebastian Blake and Robyn Lucas at Open Energi. They talk about continuing operations from home, the effect on assets due to lockdown and how the current effects of COVID-19 on the energy industry could provide insight into how the Demand Side Flexibility landscape may look in the future.

National Grid ESO’s Richard Hanson and Amy Weltevreden talk through the new ODFM service and provide an in depth overview of how the product is helping to manage low demand through the summer months and the role this service might play in the future. Today’s podcast also provides details of the amount of capacity procured since its go-live date in May, some of the different technology types participating, and how providers can get involved.

Flexitricity’s Andrew Langlands, Claire Addison and Alastair Martin provides a first hand view of how it is to be the first Virtual Lead Party participating in the Balancing Mechanism.

Flexitricity has aggregated two batteries owned by Philip Dennis Foodservice and dispatched them in response to a call for energy received from National Grid ESO using the newly-launched balancing mechanism wider access arrangements.

The transaction marks an important milestone for the GB energy market and highlights National Grid ESO’s focus on boosting real-time flexibility in the system and improving equality of access. Balancing mechanism wider access presents a huge opportunity for a range of flexible energy users, including EV users, domestic heating and energy storage, district heating, renewables and community energy projects, and industrial and commercial flexibility such as refrigeration, HVAC and lighting.

National Grid ESO’s Matt Magill talks through some of the unseen challenges that COVID-19 has created for the energy industry and how it has sped up the transition to renewable generation sources. Matt also provides a detailed overview of how the ESO is managing generation outputs to balance the system, creating new markets for small generators to create downward flexibility whilst discussing the long term effects on system operation.

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.