If any group can crack open the energy supply market, it may be local authorities: existing customers, strong balance sheets, the power to make things happen. But so far there’s been a lot of consultancy and very little action. That could be about to change, writes Brendan Coyne
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A utility future of prosumers with onsite generation and storage, and a diverse of group of service suppliers, linked by an “open architecture” grid, was one likely outcome set out at a Global Energy Summit organised by lawyers Dentons.
Why seek large CCGTs? UK Power Reserve is providing exactly what the giverment wants: flexible gas-fired capacity in the form of distributed generation, its chief executive tells Janet Wood.
Across Europe DNOs are sometimes referred to as distribution system operators (DSOs). Their role may be very similar to DNOs in Great Britain but in some cases they have broader activities including dealing with domestic customers.
Regulator Ofgem has been pushing forward with changes in regulation designed to support the evolution of network operators from passive “wires” companies to active partners in network management. Its move from RPI-X regulation to RIIO – based on
WPD’s Roger Hey says the company learned from a domestic energy storage project that “we are not the right organisation to have that deep engagement with [domestic] customers.
LCNF projects are becoming the engine of change for distribution network operators. Janet Wood investigated the new commercial relationships being born and asked whether DNOs have a ‘system operator’ role in future