Meet the winners of the first “enhanced frequency response” tender
National Grid UK defines “enhanced frequency response” as a service that achieves 100 percent active power output at one second (or less) of registering a frequency deviation. As the country increases its amount of renewable energy generation, frequency volatility has also increased, forcing the transmission network to develop new methods to manage energy and keep power flowing.
Last week, National Grid announced the winners of its first-ever enhanced frequency response tender, which gave bidders the opportunity to develop a fast-acting solution to system volatility.
Who won big?
Out of the 37 bidders that applied, National Grid chose eight winners with a total of 201MW of projects. The combined value of the chosen systems, which are primarily battery storage schemes, was £66 million.
France’s EDF Energy Renewables walked away with the largest single share of the spoils, winning £12 million for a 49MW project at its West Burton natural gas-fired power plant in Nottinghamshire. Vattenfall, Sweden’s government-owned power company, won £5.75 million to enable its [email protected] battery storage technology at its Pen y Cymoedd Wind Energy site in southern Wales. Low Carbon Storage Investment won a total of £15.35 million for two projects of 10MW and 40MW apiece.
Other winners include E.ON UK, Element Power, Belectric and Renewable Energy Systems.
What does it mean for the UK’s energy market?
National Grid hopes that the four-year contracts offered to the winning providers will help them to develop and hone their battery storage technologies.
“We are constantly looking to the future to understand how we can make the most of the energy available to us,” said Cordi O’Hara, Director of UK System Operator, National Grid.
“These awards show that we can work with industry to bring forward new technology and I believe storage has much to contribute to the flexible energy system of tomorrow. This is the beginning of an exciting new chapter for the industry.”
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.