The UK’s largest electricity distributor has proposed adopting a “flexibility first” approach to the delivery of extra grid capacity, in a move that could bring renewable energy onto the network at a lower cost. UK Power Networks has this week revealed plans to “supercharge” local markets for flexibility services, which rely on customers changing their energy consumption or generation to balance network demand, possibly by creating them itself. According to UK Power Networks’ estimates, demand for flexibility within its licence areas could exceed 200MW by 2023 as energy storage solutions are installed in ever-more homes and businesses. UK Power Networks believes that the actions outlined in the document would create new opportunities for flexible energy resources such as renewable energy “in response to the rapidly changing, decentralised, decarbonised and digitised energy landscape”. The company claims that if flexibility services were made available to the 8.2 million buildings it serves, new markets for distributed renewable generation would open across London, the South East and the East of England. It speculates that such increased competition would result in a higher proportion of renewable power being bought onto the network, but at a lower cost.
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