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The Subsidy Free Landscape: Post-FiT PPAs

Following the closure of the Feed-in Tariff (FiT) Scheme this March, Head of Renewable Sales, Chris Smith assesses what’s next for generators and how the PPA landscape will look moving forwards.

The growth in UK renewable generation has clearly been a success story, supporting significant reductions in carbon emissions. However, the first of a number of industry changes which will impact existing generation sites - as well as new build projects – came into effect recently.

Namely, this was the...

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The Future of Regulation: How to Move Forwards

Ofgem’s performance has come under scrutiny on a number of occasions over the last decade. In this blog, Head of Regulatory Affairs, Colin Prestwich assesses the latest consultation regarding the energy regulator’s performance and what positive changes could come out of a shake-up.

In February this year, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) launched a Call for Evidence (CfE) on the performance of regulators across energy, water and telecoms as part of their wider Future of Regulation...

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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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