What will be the impact of the proposed changes to the Balancing Mechanism?

In February we wrote a blog about developments in the so-called “balancing market”, covering the balancing services which are let out to contract by the National Grid as well as the Balancing Mechanism (BM) itself. To summarise – the System Operator (SO) National Grid meets read more…

Published on 16th May, 2018

How will GDPR affect the energy sector?

“Ipsa scientia potential est – Knowledge itself is power” Sir Francis Bacon, 1597 The renowned English philosopher and statesman quoted above might well have been talking about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will come into effect on the 25th May this year. Ownership read more…

Published on 22nd March, 2018

Where is the electricity balancing market going?

The question in the title begs another question – can we really talk about a “balancing market” for electricity at all, with the answer being – no, not really. It is true that in a very broad sense the wholesale electricity market is to a read more…

Published on 8th February, 2018

Intermittent or unpredictable electricity supply contracts: Problem or Opportunity?

The supply of electricity to customers on agreed contract terms is the historic “meat and drink” of the industrial and commercial (I&C) electricity market. In addition, there is now a large and growing number of electricity generators in the UK (for example waste to energy read more…

Published on 5th January, 2018

Blockchain: A Game Changer for Energy?

According to IBM, blockchain technology can be used to track the legal sale of cannabis – apparently it’s all part of the debate surrounding the possible legalisation of marijuana in Canada. Technology company Everledger is already using blockchain to verify the history of diamond transactions, read more…

Published on 15th November, 2017

Energy Cost Review: Strategic Opportunity or Irrelevant Sideshow?

The appointment in mid-July of Dieter Helm to carry out an independent review into the cost of energy was as a result of an objective expressed in the January 2017 Industrial Strategy green paper, and subsequently in the Conservative Party election manifesto, for the UK read more…

Published on 4th September, 2017

Batteries, BTM and Buzzwords

Within the electricity industry we love our buzzwords and acronyms just as much as any other business sector – with Batteries and BTM (behind-the-meter for those not in the know) being the latest as part of the general excitement surrounding the issue of storage. These read more…

Published on 7th August, 2017

Is energy disruption a real phenomenon or just over-hyped business jargon?

“Disruption is a critical element of the evolution of technology – from the positive and negative aspects of disruption a typical pattern emerges, as new technologies come to market and subsequently take hold” – Steven Sinofsky The above quote by the ex-Microsoft executive responsible for read more…

Published on 10th July, 2017

Embedded Benefit Changes: A Call to Rethink the Issues

In our March blog “It’s TRIAD Jim, but not as we know it” we discussed Ofgem’s so-called “minded to” decision to reduce significantly TRIAD benefit payments to embedded generators. This Ofgem paper invited feedback from interested parties and one such response from Cornwall Energy highlighted read more…

Published on 15th May, 2017

What Do They Mean By A Smart Energy System?

“I was smart enough to go through any door that opened.”– Joan Rivers, Comedian In this month’s blog, we ask whether our electricity system is smart enough to adapt to the rapidly developing needs of the UK electricity market. However, we should start by asking read more…

Published on 11th April, 2017