Posted on: 25/07/2017
Call for corporates to ‘bring energy to life’
Living Grid has released a new video this week calling on businesses to get involved in the energy system. Head of Marketing Mike Shirley discusses why we are supporting this initiative and the opportunities for businesses to be more active participants.
There is an undeniable shift happening in the UK's energy system, a revolution even! As with all revolutions, there will be winners and losers - those that embrace the new normal and those that get left behind.
A growing number of companies...
Posted on: 20/07/2017
Exciting opportunities for consumers and generators to benefit from innovative corporate PPAs
Direct agreements between generators and energy consumers, known as corporate PPAs, are attracting greater interest with the decline in renewable subsidies. Head of Renewable Sales Chris Smith discusses how to overcome the barriers to enabling corporate PPAs.
Corporate PPAs, are direct agreements between generators and large energy consumers, and are increasingly the focus of renewable developers and investors seeking to continue building in the post Renewable Obligation world.
Posted on: 13/07/2017
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...
Posted on: 03/07/2017
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...
Posted on: 27/06/2017
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...
Posted on: 22/06/2017
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 ...
Posted on: 21/06/2017
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...
Posted on: 19/06/2017
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 ...
Posted on: 13/06/2017
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...
Posted on: 01/06/2017
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...