Recent energy milestones show us the ‘new normal’

Recent energy milestones show us the ‘new normal’

Over recent months, we’ve seen strong evidence of fundamental changes in the UK energy system.

Following his keynote speech at an event for the Living Grid project last week, CEO Robert Groves explains what we can learn from these milestones.

The need to innovate our outdated and unsustainable way of generating and supplying electricity is seeing the UK experience a period of major transition, moving us quickly towards a more decentralised, decarbonised and digitised energy system.

In recent...

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How can independent hydro generators maximise revenues from their PPA?

Presenting at the recent Scottish Renewables Hydro Conference, Business Development Manager Stephen McInally explores the growing opportunities for small-scale independent generators in the PPA market.

The renewables industry has been hit hard with subsidy cuts. With much uncertainty around the potential changes to embedded benefits, cuts to the Feed-in Tariff scheme, and the end of the Renewables Obligation.

We’ve seen the rate of independent generation growth slow considerably, especially...

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What will changes on the horizon mean for business energy bills?

Key Account Manager Mark Cox looks at the hot topics for energy buyers to be covered in our upcoming Informer Series webinar on energy prices and non-commodity costs.

Change is never far away for energy buyers these days, whether it’s the introduction of a new charge or a shake-up in the way costs are calculated.

Keeping on top of what is coming down the line has become increasingly important for budgeting purposes, even more so in the current climate of political uncertainty.

Unusually high ...

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To cycle 200 miles in 2 days… for a great charity

SmartestEnergy has been a leading supporter of renewable energy projects for a number of years so it was no surprise that last year we chose Renewable World as our charity partner. A fantastic charity using renewable technology to empower communities in developing countries become resilient and self-sufficient.

Head of Marketing, Mike Shirley took part in their flagship Earth Wind and Tyre cycle event and shares his experience mile by mile.

When the request for volunteers to take part in the...

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Unlock the energy revolution with DSR

Speaking at Edie Live last week, Head of Marketing Mike Shirley, said the UK energy revolution is already happening now. Here he discusses how smart businesses are seeing demand response (DSR) as the next chapter of energy efficiency.

Many industry experts are saying that an energy revolution is on the horizon for the UK. But we disagree - we think it’s actually already happening and the time is now for smart businesses to get involved.

Companies well-placed for the revolution are the ones...

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Rollercoaster prices highlight changing energy system

Our energy system is in the midst of significant change and prices are becoming increasingly volatile. Chris Smith, Head of Renewable Sales, discusses recent spikes in the cash-out price.

Increased intermittent renewable capacity on the network and reduced conventional fossil fuel generation due to closure or planned and unplanned plant outages, has led to significant power price volatility in the balancing market.

This gives an indication of future cash out price volatility as we move to PAR ...

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Renewables and storage need a level playing field with traditional generation

Following the launch of our fifth annual Energy Entrepreneurs Report, VP Renewables, Iain Robertson explains why the independent generation market is looking for stability and a level playing field.

Energy entrepreneurs are at the forefront of the transition to a new energy system that is happening now. Despite facing many challenges and much political uncertainty, independent developers still have substantial renewable project pipelines and are looking at innovative ways to build without...

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DSR: The next chapter of energy efficiency

Many businesses have successfully cut costs in recent years through a focus on reducing electricity consumption. Robert Owens, Vice President of Asset Optimisation, explains the raft of new opportunities emerging in the demand-side space.

National Grid recently said it expects peak electricity demand to reach a record low this summer, citing factors including the cumulative impact of energy efficiency measures for continuing the downward trend seen in peak consumption in recent years.

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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, ...

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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...

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