Posted on: 25/04/2017
What will the new energy system look like? Can we learn from nature to define a more dynamic active system?
SmartestEnergy is a proud supporter of Forum for the Future’s Living Grid project which is looking at how we can be inspired by nature to transform our energy system. Mike Shirley explains more about this exciting project and why SmartestEnergy is involved.
The UK energy system is in the midst of major change - trying to become more renewable, flexible and smarter, but struggling with outdated infrastructure, systems, policies and approaches.
As a supplier, purchaser and aggregator of energy, ...
Posted on: 28/03/2017
Holistic approach crucial to establish credibility of DSR
Following last week's auction for Demand Side Response (DSR) capacity, VP Asset Optimisation Robert Owens talks about the crucial next steps for developing this emerging sector.
With last week’s Transitional Arrangements auction clearing higher than expected at £45/kW, there is now a chance for Demand Side Response (DSR) to continue gaining momentum and start delivering on its promise to support the UK energy system.
The high price is good news for the contract winners, including...
Posted on: 16/03/2017
Connecting sustainability and procurement agendas
Head of Product Development, Mike Shirley, shares his views on connecting the agendas of sustainability and procurement departments.
I have spoken at a couple of sustainability events recently and noticed a recurring theme in my discussions with people from many companies; the competing, and sometimes clashing, priorities of sustainability and procurement departments.
It is something we see a lot as a renewable electricity supplier. Traditionally, we have dealt with Energy Managers or...
Posted on: 14/03/2017
FiT CfD costs become clearer
Our latest Informer Series webinars provided insight on where energy prices and non-commodity costs are heading. Mark Cox, Key Account Manager and presenter of our latest webinar, looks at the Feed-in Tariff Contract for Difference (FiT CfD) charge which has recently started to appear on bills.
Businesses never like uncertainty so energy buyers will welcome the improved visibility we now have on the likely costs of the FiT CfD scheme in the years ahead.
The scheme, which is replacing the...
Posted on: 03/03/2017
Embedded generators face significant Triad cuts
On Wednesday Ofgem released a ‘minded to’ decision which would dramatically reduce the revenues embedded generators receive for generating during Triad periods. Vice President of Renewables Iain Robertson comments on what this will mean for our customers.
Generators have received the disappointing news that Ofgem plans to reduce the level of Triad payments from £45/kW to around £2/kW. The announcement follows their open letter published last summer raising concerns about the high costs.
Posted on: 02/03/2017
How Adnams is setting the sustainability standard for brewing
Award-winning UK brewer, distiller, retailer and pub owner Adnams is a purpose-led, values-driven organisation. Andy Wood OBE, Chief Executive Officer, explains brewing award-winning beer can be done without costing the earth.
Why has your business chosen to be supplied by renewable electricity?
We are a purpose led and values driven organisation and that’s why we work with SmartestEnergy. SmartestEnergy gives us the opportunity to purchase 100% renewable energy which helps us to offset 25%...
Posted on: 23/02/2017
Switch to 100% renewable energy puts The O₂ centre stage on sustainability
Hosting over 200 events and 8 million visitors a year means minimising carbon footprint is an important focus for The O₂. John Marler, Senior Director, Energy and Environment at parent group AEG explains its industry-leading approach to sustainability.
Why is buying 100% renewable energy important for AEG?
At AEG, we are always looking for ways to reduce energy consumption at our venues around the world. We are one of the first live music and sports companies to adopt a science-based goal for ...
Posted on: 21/02/2017
Capacity Market result a relief for energy buyers but costs still heading higher
The low clearing price achieved in the latest Capacity Market auction took the energy industry by surprise. In our latest Informer Series non-commodity charges webinar, Head of Pricing and Renewables Gavin Baker looked at the outcome in more detail and the implications for consumers.
As the volatility seen on wholesale markets this winter has underlined, these are challenging times for energy buyers.
But as regular followers of SmartestEnergy’s non-commodity cost webinars will be aware, the...
Posted on: 15/02/2017
10% increase for non-commodity charges predicted in 2017
Businesses could see their energy bills increase by up to 10% this year, thanks to the impact of the Capacity Market and rising Renewables charges. Also, a shake-up of DUoS charging on the horizon could have major impacts from next year.
Head of Pricing Gavin Baker previews our latest non-commodity costs forecast ahead of our webinar later this week.
Capacity Market shapes the landscape for 2017
Over the last two months, we’ve seen two Capacity Market auctions. The T-1 auction closed at...
Posted on: 09/02/2017
Our learnings from the Leighton Buzzard Big Battery
Yesterday, Angus Widdowson presented at the Energy Storage and Connected Systems conference, sharing our experience as a commercial partner on UKPN’s Leighton Buzzard battery storage project. Here he takes us through the lessons learned and what SmartestEnergy are doing on the back of this to build a viable route to market for grid scale projects.
The Leighton Buzzard 6MW/10MWh Lithium-ion battery connected to the grid in November 2014. Our role as trading partner included providing access to...