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2019 Summer Outlook: Meeting The Challenges

After the System Operator published its Summer Outlook, it is clear that summer demand can be met. In this blog, Head of Marketing, Mike Shirley looks at the issues facing National Grid this summer, and what market participants can do to meet the needs of the grid.

In the first Summer Outlook since the Electricity System Operator (ESO) was spun off from the Transmission Owner, peak electricity demand for this summer has been estimated at 33.7GW, a reduction of 200MW on last year’s peak summer...

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2018/19 Triads Confirmed, So What Next?

Earlier this week, National Grid published the confirmed Winter 2018/19 Triad periods. In this blog, Business Development Manager for Asset Optimisation, Lisa Bunting, looks at the savings businesses would have made from reducing their consumption during these peak periods and how they can take the next steps to make the most of their flexibility.

Triads are the three highest half hourly periods of demand usually between 4pm-7pm throughout November to February. These three half hourly periods...

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Blockchain in Energy - Explanations and Applications

SmartestEnergy’s parent company, Marubeni has recently partnered with US technology firm LO3 Energy in order to develop blockchain solutions applicable to the energy market. In this blog, Michael Watts, Strategic Sales Manager for Industrial and Commercial Supply, explores what blockchain solutions are all about, as well as their relevance in the UK energy market both today and in the future.

What is blockchain?

The term ‘blockchain’ is used so often at the moment, that it’s become a buzzword ...

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Generator Revenue Streams: Looking Ahead

Both market fluctuations and regulatory change continue to impact generator incomes. In this blog, Head of Renewable Sales, Chris Smith outlines SmartestEnergy’s forecasts for generator revenue streams and explains the changes in selling strategies we are seeing from Generators.

 

1-Year View of Market PPA

The last 12 months have been noticeably volatile in the market, with prices £7-£10/MWh higher than 12 months ago for both Summer and Winter 19 contracts.

The Winter 19 contract started...

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Non-Commodity Costs: Factors and Forecasts

In a world of rising non-energy costs, it pays to be on top of policy and price changes. In this blog, Key Account Manager, Mark Cox walks through SmartestEnergy’s forecasts for Non-Commodity Costs and the drivers behind them.

Renewables Obligation (RO) Forecast:

Subsidy schemes continue to represent an increasing cost on consumer bills and the RO is no different. Currently, the RO places £22/MWh on bills, but this is set to rise from April 2019. The new rate has been set at £23.61/MWh - an...

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Unlocking the potential for Corporate PPAs to gain traction in the UK

In looking at the adoption of Corporate PPA agreements in the UK, Mike Watts, I&C Strategic Sales Manager, addresses the challenges and opportunities explored in our most recent report titled ‘Corporate PPA: Cutting through the complexity to unlock the potential’.


The shift to low-carbon electricity generation in line with the Paris Agreement objectives will need to be led by renewables. However, with businesses accounting for most of the world’s electricity supply use, they can make a...

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ESOS 2019: Are You Ready?

The December 2019 Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) deadline is looming, so is your business on track? Michael Watts, I&C Strategic Manager, reviews the lessons learned in Phase 1, how your business can prepare for Phase 2, and the actions needed to reach your full energy potential.

With the ESOS Phase 2 deadline less than a year away – 5th December 2019 – now is the time to identify and realise the energy saving opportunities in your operations. With approximately 10,000 UK...

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The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting Framework - Is Your Business Aware?

With the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) coming to an end this year, is your business aware of the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) Framework? Deputy Vice President of I&C Supply, Dan Smith looks at the changes and considers what businesses need to do to comply.

The CRC has been in place since 2010, requiring participants to report their gas and electricity supplies on an annual basis. Businesses within the scheme have been required to buy the corresponding carbon...

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Capacity Market Standstill: The Perfect Time To Move Forwards

The Capacity Market is facing an uncertain future as Government await the outcome of a new review conducted by the European Commission. Head of Regulatory Affairs, Colin Prestwich explores how the review offers an opportunity to implement changes for the better…

It’s now been 3 months since the European Court of Justice suspended the Capacity Market (CM). In the meantime, Government have consulted on options to keep the scheme running during the standstill period, and industry itself has begun ...

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Targeted Charging Review - Industry Feedback on the Proposals

At the close of 2018, Head of Renewable Sales, Chris Smith published a blog on the planned industry changes in the Targeted Charging Review, focusing particularly on Balancing Services Use of System (BSUoS) charges and the likely costs to existing generation. In this latest blog, he reflects on feedback from industry stakeholders following his participation in a REGEN panel discussion, which explored the implications of the changes and addressed generator’s concerns.

Over the last few weeks,...

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