Energy UK has called for changes to be made to the ancillary services market.

In a new report, the trade body outlined recommendations to make sure the ancillary services market delivers stability to the electricity system at the lowest cost to consumers.

Its recommendations included a review of Balancing Services Use of System (BSUoS) charges, and a consultation with the energy industry on the way forward.

The report has been prompted by the closure of coal-fired power stations and the emergence of renewables and battery storage being connected to local distribution networks instead of the national transmission grid.

More efficient and economical

Lawrence Slade, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said: “Our new report highlights the need for the current ancillary services framework to be reviewed and reformed to ensure it is simple, more efficient and reflects the current and future energy mix.

“This as an opportunity for all industry to work together to develop new, more efficient and economical solutions to balance the network at least cost to consumers while enabling existing and new technology to drive innovation within the sector.”

Ancillary services – that go beyond generation and transmission – are currently provided by National Grid in its role as the System Operator (SO) of Great Britain’s National Electricity Transmission System (NETS).

> Download the report