Regen has been working closely with Western Power Distribution (WPD) to develop detailed scenarios to understand the future of distributed generation, demand and storage in their licence areas.
Off the back of this work WPD commissioned Regen to develop an approach to model the growth and operation of storage assets, so as to better understand how these assets are likely to be used and their ‘mode of operation’; including their typical profile of charge and discharge.
Regen developed and published an industry consultation, to see views from the sector around:
The potential scale of growth of energy storage within its distribution networks
The type of energy storage assets/projects that are likely to be deployed and their business models
The typical operating behaviour of storage assets, how they are likely to be used and their typical daily mode(s) of operation
The consultation ran across summer 2017, with 27 organisations responding. The consultation paper and results report are available to download below:
Regen worked with Western Power Distribution (WPD), Wadebridge Renewable Energy Network (WREN) and Tempus Energy to trial a Sunshine Tariff in Wadebridge, Cornwall.
The trial looked to understand how different customers engage with a cheaper daytime tariff and how active they become in changing their consumption patterns in response to this price signal. The project aimed to resolve network capacity issues in the local area by incentivising customers to use electricity between 10am and 4pm in the summer months, which is often when solar generation is at its greatest.
The findings from the trial are set out in a number of reports (click to download):
This report comes as National Grid announced it has contracted with eight storage projects for total of 201 MW of capacity to provide services to help manage the network, while saving the operator an estimated £200 million.
Energy storage is poised to grow rapidly in the UK towards 10 GW in the 2030’s – but action is needed to align the technology with market and policy signals if this potential is to be realised.