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Battery storage and renewables are modernising energy system

26 August 2016

National Grid’s world first auction results show energy storage is ready to deliver with 200MW of power helping balance Britain’s energy network.

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RenewableUK is responding to the results of the auction by National Grid to provide 200MW of power to help balance Britain’s energy network.

This service, called Enhanced Frequency Response, allows National Grid to balance supply and demand on a second-by-second basis.

RenewableUK’s Deputy Chief Executive, Maf Smith, said “this auction shows that innovative battery storage and renewables are working together to develop a truly 21st century energy system. The UK is one of the countries leading the way in this field. It’s also great to see one of the largest onshore wind farms in Britain winning a contract to provide this essential power to the National Grid”. 

The REA has also welcomed the outcome of the first National Grid auction. The auction provides National Grid with capacity that will help them balance the nation’s electricity system at times when it is under stress.

The outcome shows that new and low carbon flexible technologies can provide services traditionally provided by large, conventional plants. This kind of technical capacity has traditionally been provided by fossil fuel generation, and it enables the integration of more renewable energy, decarbonising the grid in line with the UK’s legally binding carbon targets.

The auction has procured 200MW of capacity that will keep voltage levels in the required range and help ‘keep the lights on’ in winters. Although 200MW was initially announced to be the target procurement capacity, 1.4GW of capacity pre-accredited for the auction, showing the market is ready to deliver these services. National Grid has indicated that the auction will result in around £200m in reduced costs.

Commenting on the news, James Court, Head of Policy and External Affairs at the REA said, the conclusion of the EFR auction shows that storage is now ready to deliver, and with the right framework can provide vital services to UK Plc. National Grid deserve credit for kick-starting this market and the Government must now follow through with its pledge to remove barriers to the industry.

“In 2012 energy storage was identified as one of eight great industries the UK could lead the world in. The industry is starting to deliver on this promise, with the right support in place we can go even further.”

“It is yet another example of new technologies that can provide alternatives to Hinkley for cost effective, low carbon electricity"

For more information on the auction, click here.

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