OFGEM and BEIS CFE: Enabling storage by removing policy and regulatory barriers
Improving price signals for flexibility with half-hourly settlement (through smart meters) and smart tariffs to incentivise consumers to use, store and export electricity at times that are most beneficial or least costly to the system. A system for the consumer – smart appliances to optimise energy use (Government envisages that appliances with high potential for DSR should have the capability to respond to signals to alter how and when they consume energy). Ways to encourage uptake:
Smart appliance labelling
Regulation of smart appliances
Requirements for appliances to be smart
Consumer protection issues:
Social impacts – requirement for measures that deliver clearer price signals to consumers, such as smart tariffs
Data and privacy – need for appropriate privacy safeguards to be in place for handling personal data eg. patterns of energy use
Informed consumers - particular information needed to help consumers understand the benefits available to them
Preventing abuses - regulatory oversight of new market entities
- What are we referring to when we talk about ‘air pollution’?
- The health impacts of poor air quality
- How much better are they than the rest - EV emissions vs. petrol, diesel, LNG.
- Current and projected market share
- The barriers to being taken to scale (inadequate charging infrastructure, Electric Drivetrains are unsuitable for HGVs, price, etc)
Conclusion – they are a large part of the solution but technological innovation needs to be accompanied with policy innovation that:
- Incentivises EV and removes incentives for diesel
- Drives increased efficiency in the transport of goods through existing vehicles (the average LGV in London has 30% of their load capacity at any given time)
- Delivers a national network of Clean Air zones
Project Scene is a major regeneration project next to the river Trent in Nottingham. It involves a 1MW Battery system and community level solar array and is looking at demand side response. In addition there is project Sensible which is evaluating a range of different market ready solar inverter and battery storage options at a household level.