As part of its bid to become a carbon-neutral city by 2030, Glasgow City Council is set to use one of its primary schools as a flexible energy asset on the demand side response (DSR) market. Through a partnership with demand response firm Flexitricity, called the Quickturn partnership, the local authority will use Pirie Park Primary School’s cold storage, air conditioning and heat pumps to aggregate and store energy and dispatch energy to the grid on demand. Doing so, the Council claims, will help National Grid balance the demands of the UK’s energy system, which are fluctuating more as more renewable generation comes online – and as the electrification of sectors such as power and transport begins to impact peak times. It will also enable Glasgow City Council to generate additional revenue. The local authority has promised to ring-fence these earnings to invest in further renewable energy and energy efficiency schemes, as it strives to meet net-zero by 2030.
Edie 14th Oct 2019 read more »
Academic research often cites flexible energy technologies such as battery storage and electric vehicles (EVs) as key components of the low-carbon economies of the future. But with policies supporting the UK Government’s 2050 net-zero goal still in their infancy, what must now be done to support their widespread adoption?
Edie 9th Oct 2019 read more »