British households and businesses will soon be able to buy and sell their own energy directly within a local energy market under ambitious new ‘smart-grid’ plans to be unveiled this week. Network operators such as SSE Networks, UK Power Networks and Scottish Power Networks believe smart technologies could help create mini regional energy markets across the country, in addition to the national transmission system. Under the pan-industry plans, power from solar panels on properties or from electric vehicles could be sold back to the network, or even directly to neighbours using block-chain technology. The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said Wednesday’s plan is the culmination of almost a year of small-scale trials and marks the start of a “rapid increase” in energy mini-markets in the next six years.
Telegraph 4th Dec 2017 read more »
UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to 18 million people in London, the East and South East, has received approval from Ofgem on its Active Response project to reconfigure electricity networks autonomously, to better manage the predicted rise in EVs. With almost two million electric vehicles expected to be in operation across the areas managed by UK Power Networks by 2030, the company will trial the project to move spare capacity to support areas that are using more electricity. The Active Response project will mark the first time an electricity network can provide additional capacity, ahead of time, to areas that have extra demand to charge vehicles. UK Power Networks estimates that this could save £271m that would otherwise be used to build additional capacity, and could reduce national carbon emissions by 448,000 tonnes by 2030.
Edie 4th Dec 2017 read more »