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How to balance the grid using energy efficiency as a tradable resource

Metered energy efficiency could unlock the holy grail of a market-based approach to cutting carbon, pulling in financiers, cutting the need for network investment and unlocking new business models. Brendan Coyne reports

A UK-US partnership is attempting to embed a standardised, automated approach to real-time energy efficiency measurement into the GB energy system.

The firms involved believe […]

December 10th, 2018|Latest News|

Beis, the ADE, GridBeyond and Eurac explore market reforms and DSR

Representatives from the Association of Decentralised Energy (ADE) and the government’s department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (Beis) visited Eurac, a European foundry using GridBeyond’s energy technology to participate in energy services, demand-side response (DSR) programmes and the Capacity Market.

The visit created an opportunity for the ADE and Beis to observe production processes and […]

December 7th, 2018|Latest News|

EU Parliament approves energy efficiency, renewable targets

The new rules are expected to help households and businesses reduce their energy bills while cutting carbon emissions

The European Parliament has approved new targets to increase the use of renewables and improve energy efficiency.

At least 32% of the EU’s energy use must come from renewable sources and energy efficiencymust be increased by 32.5% by 2030 under new rules agreed by […]

December 3rd, 2018|Latest News|

Press Release: Measuring the potential energy flexibility of EU building stock

Analysing the suitability of buildings for energy saving services is a costly process. The Sim4Blocks project has been examining the effectiveness of two approaches for assessing the demand response capabilities of buildings, with the aim of increasing the implementation of flexible energy services across the EU on a large scale in a quick and cost-effective […]

November 29th, 2018|Latest News|

European Utility Week confirms Electric Vehicles and Demand Side Response as important parts of the energy mix

Given that European Utility Week has been held yearly for the last 20 years, it’s a testament to the innovation and ideas coming out of the energy industry, showcasing new technologies and sharing ideas and insights.

On the Delta-ee team visit to EUW in Vienna, the key themes coming out of the event were clear: Electric Vehicles – […]

November 26th, 2018|Latest News|

New factsheet on assessing demand response capabilities in buildings

The second in line of a number of informative and fun factsheets to highlight some of the research and developments in the Sim4Blocks project in order to promote its work and results, has been published.

The factsheet will explain Sim4Blocks’ contribution to understanding methods that can be used to estimate how the EU’s building stock […]

November 21st, 2018|Latest News|

Voluntary DSR Code of Conduct will provide customer confidence and support market growth

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE), in collaboration with demand side response (DSR) aggregators, has published a voluntary Code of Conduct ahead of the launch of a Code Compliance Scheme early next year. Called Flex Assure, the Code sets common standards for those who coordinate or ‘aggregate’ demand response from individual consumers.

n setting these standards, Flex Assure […]

November 19th, 2018|Latest News|

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|