National Grid proposals could fast-track energy revolution

Following the recent release of National Grid’s ‘System Needs and Product Strategy’ consultation, Head of Markets Bozhidar Bozhkov, explains why this is good news for the future energy system.

The UK is currently experiencing a transition period as our fossil fuel dependence shifts increasingly towards renewable energy.

While this is great news for decarbonisation, it has created unprecedented challenges for National Grid to balance the system and fully utilise all the renewable generation...

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Uphill road ahead for energy charges

Our recent webinar on energy prices and non-commodity costs highlighted some steep increases down the line for buyers. Key Account Manager and webinar presenter, Mark Cox, looks at the key areas businesses need to be preparing for.

Although wholesale prices have edged down a little since the start of the year, the long-term picture for business energy bills remains firmly on an upward curve.

One of the biggest charges on bills – Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) – is set to see...

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How’s the forecast looking for generators?

The latest SmartestEnergy Informer Series webinar for generators will look at what has been happening to wholesale prices and benefits along with forecasts for the future. Head of Renewables Chris Smith highlights some of the areas which will be covered.

Volatility has continued to be a dominant theme on energy markets in recent months.

The growing impact that factors such as increased levels of intermittent renewable generation in the energy mix are having was highlighted recently by very...

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The need to innovate our outdated and unsustainable way of generating and supplying electricity is seeing the UK experience a period of major transition, moving us quickly towards a more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