Electricity exported to distribution networks doubled between 2012 and 2018, with growth driven primarily by variable sources such as wind and solar, according to a new report calling for energy regulator Ofgem to prioritise flexibility in its future decision-making. The analysis is set out in Flexible Futures, a report published yesterday by ElectraLink in partnership with the newly rebranded REA – which has repositioned itself as the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology broadening its previous Renewable Energy Association moniker. The report details how most variable generation from wind and solar is being connected at the low-voltage distribution network level. As significantly more variable generation will be required to meet the UK’s net-zero decarbonisation targets, transitioning the energy system will require much greater flexibility encompassing technologies such as batteries and demand response, it argues. Ofgem has backed a number of initiatives to accelerate the development of a range of flexible grid services and has hinted that it would be keen to see its mandate expanded to more explicitly incorporate decarbonisation. However, flexible grid and energy storage companies maintain that they continue to face a host of policy hurdles that are hampering the growth of the sector. The report comes as the EU this week ruled that the UK’s capacity market could proceed following a legal challenge that alleged the subsidy scheme was unfairly tilted against companies providing capacity through flexible grid services such as demand response.
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