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So far Harry O'Neill has created 61 blog entries.

Electricity’s future: mostly behind the meter

The electricity sector has traditionally taken good care of getting energy from power plants to customer premises. But with the arrival of distributed generation and storage, there is a universe of possibilities on the other side of the meter, writes independent energy expert Fereidoon Sioshansi. “While the industry counts the billions it has invested in […]

November 15th, 2018|Latest News|

New generation of ‘flow batteries’ could eventually sustain a grid powered by the sun and wind

Batteries already power electronics, tools, and cars; soon, they could help sustain the entire electric grid. With the rise of wind and solar power, energy companies are looking for ways to keep electrons flowing when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind ebbs. Giant devices called flow batteries, using tanks of electrolytes capable of storing […]

November 12th, 2018|Latest News|

ADE publishes aggregator code of conduct ahead of assurance scheme launch

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) has published its long-awaited code of conduct for demand-side response aggregators.

Next year, it will launch a voluntary scheme based on the code in a bid to give businesses greater confidence in the demand-side response (DSR) market – and unlock greater levels of flexibility, which is increasingly required to balance […]

November 8th, 2018|Latest News|

Brexit: What it means for UK-EU energy trade

The UK says it wants to keep or even expand its close ties with the European Union energy market after Brexit, but it might not get what it wants if the country leaves the EU with no deal in 2019. Gas and electricity will continue to be traded between the two, but the risks of […]

November 5th, 2018|Latest News|

Tendril and Google Unveil the Talking Home Hub as Smart Utility Customer Rep

How a new utility project could give voice-assistant devices like Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant real-world energy and behavioural insights to share with their owners.

Voice-assistant device platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant could give utilities a huge new opportunity to engage their customers — if they can answer questions about energy and bills with real personalised […]

October 31st, 2018|Latest News|

Scottish Power becomes first major UK energy company to generate all electricity from wind

Scottish Power has become the first major UK energy firm to completely drop fossil fuels in favour of wind power, after selling off its remaining gas and hydro stations to Drax for £702m.

While customers will still get some electricity from non-green sources that the company has purchased from other operators, the firm indicated it would now be freed up to invest more […]

October 29th, 2018|Latest News|

Flexitricity lands £500k funding to bring smaller firms into DSR, seeks trial sites

Flexitricity has landed almost £500k of government funding in order to try and bring smaller companies – and smaller sites of larger companies – into demand-side response (DSR).

Most aggregators have traditionally focused on larger companies with megawatt scale load and generation assets due to cost of sales and market entry. National Grid’s systems and procurement […]

October 22nd, 2018|Latest News|

The role of DSR in fighting climate change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) met in South Korea earlier this week and released their starkest warning yet on the threat posed by climate change.

The Special Report on Global Warming highlighted a number of climate change impacts that could be avoided by limiting global warming to 1.5°C instead of 2°C. For example, at 2°C: […]

October 19th, 2018|Latest News|

The HOLISDER framework architecture

During the design phase of the HOLISDER project, the Demand Response framework architecture was developed.

It covers, in a holistic manner, demand-side flexibility into energy markets, by enabling end-to-end interoperability between platforms and devices and participation of end-users as active stakeholders (see Figure 1).

Figure 1. HOLISDER Framework Architecture.

The HOLISDER platform consists of 3 interconnected and interleaved […]

October 17th, 2018|Latest News|

Smart buildings – the self-financing potential

New research from Siemens Financial Services (SFS) estimates the potential for self-financed conversion to smart buildings in commercial buildings, government buildings and hospitals
Private sector finance solutions, known as “Smart Buildings as a Service”, capture future savings from energy efficiency and then deploy those savings to ‘self-finance’ smart buildings conversion
The study notes that […]

October 15th, 2018|Latest News|