Centrica’s three-year Local Energy Market (LEM) trial spanning 200 homes and business has come to an end. The £16.7 million project saw 310MWh of power successfully traded using the purpose built flexibility platform. This was lauded as a “world first” when it went live in November 2019, allowing National Grid ESO and Western Power Distribution (WPD) to simultaneously procure flexibility from the same platform. As part of the project, solar and battery storage was installed in 100 homes in Cornwall, which were then aggregated together to form a virtual power plant (VPP). This VPP was then used to provide flexibility to both National Grid ESO and WPD, with 75 of the batteries having been deployed into the national Dynamic Firm Frequency Response market. Jorge Pikunic, managing director of Centrica Business Solutions, said the LEM has “proved that homes and small businesses can play a role” in flexibility, and Centrica has released a number of recommendations to the government, industry and Ofgem to further encourage flexibility. It concluded that the energy white paper provides an “ideal opportunity” for the government to identify grid flexibility as a “vital component” in the transition to electrification.
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