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Batteries see 149% increase in BM activity

Batteries see 149% increase in BM activity: Research from Cornwall Insight’s ‘Balancing Mechanism report’ highlights that there are significant changes in the technology type that has been providing balancing actions to the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), with activity from newer asset types seeing the greatest year-on-year increase.   Accepted volumes in the Balancing…
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Energy demand reaches 2019’s after lockdown

GB energy demand reaches 2019’s levels for the first time after COVID-19 lockdown: Lockdown measures created a sudden fall in electricity demand at the end of March and into April, with demand falling by ~15% below 2019 levels. However, recent research from Cornwall Insight shows that since July, there has been a gradual rise in…
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Social Energy wins first ever domestic FFR contract

Social Energy wins first ever domestic FFR contract: Social Energy has won the first ever fully domestic contract with National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) to supply week-ahead Firm Frequency Response (FFR), following the results of a recent trial weekly auction.  The green energy supplier will use 80 per cent of its fleet of battery-powered customers…
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Storm Ellen sets new wind generation record

Storm Ellen sets new wind generation record: Storm Ellen, characterised by very strong winds and heavy rains to parts of the UK, has generated a new record for helping bring the ‘highest-ever’ share of power from wind farms onto the grid. On Saturday 22nd August at 1am, wind energy made up 59.1% of Britain’s electricity…
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Hydroelectric power station in hollow Scottish mountain

A pumped-storage hydroelectric power station in a Scottish hollow mountain has started providing support services, making the British grid greener. Drax Group and the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) in a new partnership came together and produced the outcome, which is expected to save consumers up to £128 million over six years. Cruachan Power…
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The effects of lockdown on the Balancing Mechanism

The effects of lockdown on the Balancing Mechanism: The COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent lockdown restrictions have impacted GB’s energy market, with record low demand and wholesale prices. These changes in market conditions have seen National Grid as the Electricity System Operator (ESO) face operational challenges in balancing the electricity system.   Research from Cornwall…
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£51mn cost to balance the electricity system

Cornwall Insight comments on £51mn cost to balance the electricity system over the Bank Holiday: The Bank Holiday (23-24 May) saw the UK experience warm yet windy weather. Coupled with the significantly low levels of energy demand observed during the lockdown, it is no surprise that the level of activity from National Grid Electricity System Operator…
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New Balancing Mechanism entrants expected

New Balancing Mechanism entrants expected: National Grid ESO’s project Wider Access – a project to increase accessibility to the Balancing Mechanism (BM) – is scheduled to go-live on 11 December 2019. Cornwall Insight has reviewed the recent activity of aggregated units and batteries in the BM and what impact this project will have on new…
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