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Triads 2019/20 Confirmed

Now that National Grid have published the confirmed Winter 2019/20 Triad periods, Strategic Account Manager, Mark Cox 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, 10 days apart, usually between 4pm-7pm throughout November to February. These three half hourly periods cover the cost of running the...

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COVID-19 and its initial impact on the energy sector

As we continue to face an unprecedented global health crisis, our Head of Smart Generation Sales, Angus Widdowson looks at the initial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the UK energy sector.

With the UK on lockdown, many businesses closing and the majority of Britain’s workforce now working from home, COVID-19 is causing major economic disruption.

Social distancing measures have forced some of the UKs biggest energy users, such as offices and industrial sites to shut and even though...

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The Targeted Charging Review and Changes to TNUoS: What We Know So Far

As a follow up to our latest Non-Commodity Costs webinar, Strategic Account Manager, Mark Cox outlines the upcoming changes to Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) Charges as a result of Ofgem’s Targeted Charging Review (TCR).

On Tuesday’s webinar, we received an unusually high number of questions relating to the TCR and the impacts it is set to have on business users. Whilst the full details are still yet to be worked out by the regulator, we can at last give you an early signpost...

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Aiming for Net-Zero: Business In The Community

In this guest blog, Environmental Director at Business in the Community (BITC), Gudrun Cartwright takes us through some of the work BITC are doing to help create a sustainable future, as well as the aims of the net-zero taskforce.

BITC was originally founded in 1982, and is one of ‘The Prince’s Charities’, with HRH The Prince of Wales as founding Patron. We work with businesses across the globe that are looking to become part of the solution to some of society’s biggest shared challenges and...

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Power Markets Review: February 2020

In the latest edition of our monthly power market blog series, Head of Sales Trading, Fanos Shiamishis and Trading Optimisation Analyst, Leo Burdorf take a look at the effects of recent storms on system prices, as well as changes across commodity markets throughout February.

Before we dive into our monthly review of the commodity markets for February, we need to talk about system prices on Wednesday, 4th March, where we saw prices reach £2,242/MWh for settlement period 37 and £1,708/MWh for...

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The Energy Services Transforming the UK’s Digital Energy Landscape

In the first scoping of the UK’s Digital Energy Landscape, Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) has identified 184 innovative energy companies who are lowering energy costs, adopting renewable energy and revolutionising the future of energy in the UK.

In this guest post on behalf of the ESC, Charles Morley takes a closer look at some of these companies and what they bring to the energy sector.

 

Electric Cars

Car sharing service Zip car recently partnered with Volkswagen in order to include...

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Power Markets Review: January 2020

In the latest edition of our monthly power market blog series, Head of Sales Trading, Fanos Shiamishis and Trading Optimisation Analyst, Leo Burdorf take a look at changes across commodity markets throughout January, as well as the drivers behind them.

The system was 4GW short on Sunday 9th February, as Storm Ciara hit around 1pm and demand out turned above the forecast. It is possible that high wind speeds contributed to this, as when wind speeds are faster than the tolerance levels of wind...

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Capacity Market Auction Results: T-3 Clears at £6.44/kW

After the provisional results were announced for January’s T-3 Capacity Market (CM) auction, Head of Markets for Smart Generation, Boz Bozhkov, assesses the winners and losers this time round.

After the reinstatement of the Capacity Market last October, the schedule of the CM auctions had to be tweaked a little in order to allow for the procurement of sufficient capacity in line with normal scheduling. Owing to its previous suspension, a T-4 auction for delivery in 2022/23 had to be delayed...

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Seasonal Power Prices fall below £35/MWh

Wholesale market prices have fallen significantly, increasing pressure on independent generators, and highlighting the need to sell power flexibly. Head of Smart Generation Sales, Angus Widdowson, looks at what’s driving down these prices and why a Flexible Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) could be a preferred option for independent generators to help protect project revenues.

Over the last week the wholesale market has dropped off considerably. We’ve seen unusually low prices for forward...

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Carbon Reporting: The Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting Framework

With the end of the financial year fast approaching, businesses are once again turning their attention to the Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) Framework. Vice President of I&C Supply, Louise Wapshare looks at the requirement and considers what businesses need to do to comply.

Following a decision to scrap the Carbon Reduction Commitment in 2016, the UK Government decided to implement a more streamlined framework (SECR).

Which businesses are affected?

All UK quoted companies ...

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