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National Grid ESO joins AI for solar generation predictions

National Grid ESO joins AI for solar generation predictions: National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has teamed up with the non-profit foundation Open Climate Fix (OCF) to use artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance the method the grid forecasts solar generation. The tool is created to forecast where sunlight will fall, by training a machine learning…
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Algorithms could help grid to net-zero by 2025

Algorithms could help grid to net-zero by 2025: Could algorithms help the UK’s grid get on course for zero carbon electricity intervals by 2025? National Grid ESO has reported a new union with the Smith Institute to produce a new way to predicting day-ahead reserve demands. Reserve is the backup power the electricity system requires…
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Britain is set to meet 78% emissions reduction 2035 goal

Britain is set to meet 78% emissions reduction 2035 goal: Britain may obtain its 78% emissions reduction goal by 2035. That’s claimed by 2 out of the 4 new National Grid ESO’s Future Energy Scenarios (FES). The electricity system operator’s modelling additionally implies that the country is set to attain net zero by 2050 or…
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Wind turbines hit new records

With the weather being windy and rainy, most brits have been stuck inside after the lockdown lifted, however wind turbines hit new records. Wind turbines have ensured the grid became greener. Almost two thirds of Britain’s electricity was provided by wind turbines stated the National Grid ESO. They stated “Our provisional data indicates a new…
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Offshore wind spurs generation placed under CfD scheme

Offshore wind spurs generation placed under CfD scheme: Research from Cornwall Insight shows that the role of Contracts for Difference (CfD) generators in the electricity market continues to expand, and Allocation Round 4 (AR4) to be held later in 2021 will only expand this role further. Key findings 2GW of installed capacity supported by the…
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Cornwall Insight comments on the revival of STOR

Cornwall Insight comments on the revival of STOR: On 1 April, National Grid ESO commenced procuring Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) at the day-ahead stage, reviving the STOR procurement service since it was halted back in December 2019. The roll-out of this new post-fault response service aims to help respond to frequency events faster. It…
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Firm Frequency Response

Dynamic procurement grows as older frequency fades

Dynamic procurement grows as older frequency fades: The average procurement of dynamic Firm Frequency Response (FFR) has recently sat well below each month’s requirement. According to research from Cornwall Insight, only 55%* of the requirement has been procured in FFR tenders over the past five months, dampened by the recent high price volatility. Meanwhile, volumes…
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Balancing Mechanism sees increase in smaller participants

Balancing Mechanism sees increase in smaller participants

Balancing Mechanism sees increase in smaller participants: Research from Cornwall Insight shows that there has been a notable level of entry into the Balancing Mechanism (BM) from smaller providers across battery storage, gas reciprocating engines and aggregated units in the last year. The below graph presents the number of units active in the BM —…
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CCGT plants help balance the market during price spikes

CCGT plants help balance the market during price spikes

CCGT plants help balance the market during price spikes: January saw the day-ahead baseload power price (for a 24-hour period) reach £100.0/MWh or higher on seven separate occasions including four consecutive days between 11 and 14 January, while imbalance prices reached a record high of £4,000.0/MWh. During this time, the vast majority of offer volumes…
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National Grid ESO acclaim 2020 as greenest for Britain

National Grid ESO acclaim 2020 as greenest for Britain: Britain’s electricity system had the greenest year ever on record in 2020 according to National Grid ESO. The electricity system conductor National Grid ESO, that studied the yearly data, indicate the country was powered without coal for about 5,147 hours in 2020, in comparison with 3,666…
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