The UK’s six local electricity network operators have jointly committed to set new requirements for all new network infrastructure to include “smart” flexibility services, as more renewable arrays come online nationwide. The pledge, which has been made today (13 December) by Electricity North West, Northern Powergrid, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, SP Energy Networks, UK Power Networks and Western Power Distribution, will see all new “relevant projects” of “significant value” designed in a way that will build more flexibile capacity in. Under the new requirements, the installation of services such as on-site generation, demand-side response and energy efficiency measures will become a pre-requisite for project investment. Once the mandates are implemented next year, the grid operators will test the market for these services, comparing the costs associated with their installation and maintenance to those required to build traditional energy infrastructure.
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