Holistic approach crucial to establish credibility of DSR

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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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...

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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...



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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.

Under ...

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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%...

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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 ...

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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...



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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...

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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.


Energy Storage and Connected SystemsThe Leighton Buzzard 6MW/10MWh Lithium-ion battery connected to the grid in November 2014. Our role as trading partner included providing access to...

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DSR misses out in the Capacity Market

Following the Capacity Market Early Auction last week, Head of Technology Jim Marshall discusses the results and what it means for the market.

Last week, National Grid ran the Capacity Market Early Auction to secure capacity for winter 2017.

The auction cleared at the lower-than-expected price of £6.95/kW, with contracts awarded for 54GW of capacity. This means the total cost of securing supply for next winter will be £378 million.

(Our Pricing Team will be presenting our latest forecasts...

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