This forum is set to take place approximately half a year on from the launch of the Faraday Challenge and the confirmation of a £246 million government investment into battery technology in addition to the publication of the BEIS/Ofgem ‘Upgrading our energy system’ report, and will discuss whether the investment and proposed regulatory changes fulfil the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendation from Spring 2016 that the UK becomes a world leader in electricity storage systems and deliver a ‘smart power revolution’. The event also takes place in the context of Ofgem stating that National Grid must create a legally separate company to conduct its system operator (SO) duties and have it running by April 2019.
Developing a Thriving Electricity Storage Sector
Sessions will discuss how to move forward with the promised investment to develop a thriving electricity storage market in the UK and increase adoption of energy storage technologies, as well as attract investment into the energy sector. The event will also look at the Ofgem consultation on proposed modified generation licence for battery storage, designed to remove the final consumption charges storage facilities currently pay - putting an end to so-called ‘double charging’.
The Home Battery Market
Delegates will also discuss the role energy suppliers, DNOs and community energy organisations can play in improving the public awareness of Demand Side Response, battery storage and other smart energy technologies to increase the uptake of home batteries and the latest thinking on Domestic vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology and the opportunity for EVs to provide electricity storage and demand flexibility.
Active Network Management
The role of more actively managed local networks and incorporating distributed generation on to the grid as the UK moves from a system where energy networks are managed by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to Distribution System Operators (DSOs) in addition to the debate about network companies owning and operating storage assets for their own flexibility needs rather than procuring these services will also be examined.