SCOTLAND’S RENEWABLE FUTURE: Will it be smart enough?

Smart power system
Smart power system

The SCOTLAND’S RENEWABLE FUTURE conference on 26 May 2016 in Edinburgh is being held to focus on the future.

The past is easy to tell, but it is much harder to tell the future.

However, some of the future has been clearly mapped out by the UK government’s National Infrastructure Commission, which has laid out a three-point road map to the future in its report focussing on: –

  • Interconnection
  • Storage and
  • Demand management and flexibility

Andrew Adonis, Interim Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission, said; “Our report does not attempt to address all of the challenges facing our energy sector, but focuses on the benefits we can achieve through building a more flexible electricity system and the steps that will get us there.

“Our energy sector is changing fundamentally. Two-thirds of our existing power stations are expected to close by 2030 as our coal, nuclear, and oldest gas fired power stations reach the end of their lives. This report makes recommendations to help ensure that our electricity system is fit for the future.

“Three innovations will help us deliver this – interconnection, storage, and demand flexibility – which have the potential to displace part of the need for new generating capacity, to save money for businesses and domestic consumers and help the UK meet its climate reduction targets.”

The Commission’s central finding is that ‘smart power’ – principally built around three innovations, Interconnection, Storage, and Demand Flexibility – could save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030, help the UK meet its 2050 carbon targets, and secure the UK’s energy supply for generations.

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Traditional power system

The Renewable Energy Association has welcomed the findings that “Smart Power” could save the UK £8 billion a year by 2030, but urges action particularly around energy storage, where government policy remains the single largest barrier to deployment.

Frank Gordon, Senior Policy Analyst and coordinator of the REA’s sector group UK Energy Storage said:

“The findings of this report are very welcome. Energy storage is ready to deliver a huge range of benefits to the UK as the findings make clear. What’s really exciting is that no one is calling for a new subsidy for energy storage, only common sense changes to existing policies.”

“Many energy storage technologies, both at grid scale and behind the meter, are at or are approaching commercial viability. The pace of innovation is astonishing; in part because of the many economic and security benefits of storage and how urgently the UK needs them.

The weight of expectation is now on Government and Ofgem to make the legislative and regulatory changes that will have this industry flying.”

The NIC’s report Smart Power can be viewed here.

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