What caused the power blackout in August?

At 5pm on Friday 9th August, there were widespread power failures across England and Wales which resulted in the disconnection of over 1 million customers. About 60 Govia Thameslink trains were affected and all trains out of Kings Cross were suspended causing major travel problems read more…

Published on 9th September, 2019

Electricity Decentralisation – Where is the market heading?

Decarbonisation and the resulting growth of renewable sources of electricity are key drivers in the decentralisation of the UK electricity system. Part of the reason for this is that technological progress has been driving down the lifetime costs of renewable generation technologies thus making decentralisation read more…

Published on 22nd July, 2019

Electricity Supplier Licensing – What does the future hold?

The spate of electricity supplier failures in 2018 and early 2019 has caused some to argue that the sector is out of control, with consumers over-exposed to the poor business practices of ‘fly by night’ operators who have entered the market without sufficient oversight and read more…

Published on 3rd May, 2019

Supplier Failure – Natural Event or Avoidable Calamity?

In 2018, eight companies licensed to supply electricity in the UK market ceased trading and another one was taken over. Subsequently in January 2019, the names of Economy Energy and Our Power were added to the list of casualties. These developments followed a period of read more…

Published on 1st March, 2019

Winter is Coming!

“TRIAD! It’s illogical Captain” The above quote, in homage to all Trekkies, refers back to an earlier blog of March last year which drew attention to the fact that the benefits payable to owners or operators of ‘embedded’ generation assets were to be reviewed. In read more…

Published on 26th September, 2018

Do electric vehicles spell trouble for the UK national grid?

‘The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang oft agley’ – ‘To a Mouse’ by Robert Burns Battery-powered car technology has been around a long time. Electric cars were first invented and developed in the nineteenth century and by the early part of the read more…

Published on 24th July, 2018

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