A major row has blown up over the apparently obscure issue of ‘embedded benefits’. These are payments that are made to electricity generators attached to the distribution network, as opposed to the higher voltage transmission network, so called because these generators are ‘embedded’ further down the system closer to sources of electricity demand. They are also sometimes called distributed generators. Technically, embedded benefits are based on the contribution made by embedded generators to reducing demands on the transmission network, especially during the three half-hours with highest demand in the year, known as the ‘Triad‘ (nothing to do with gangs in Hong Kong…). The Triad benefits have a locational element, which varies according to the distribution network area and a residual element, which is a fixed amount across the GB system.
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