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
Interactive discussion with slides, followed by audience debate.
There is increasing disquiet in the solar industry about cold calls to domestic owners of solar PV installations, wrongly telling them their solar installer has gone out of business, their inverter is out of warranty and they could lose Feed in Tariff payments. The callers sometimes pose as the manufacturer of the equipment which they say will increase energy yield by ‘up to 25%’. This panel will ask whether this is something that the industry should address, and look at what could be done to protect consumers and the reputation of the industry.
What’s been uncovered and what’s happening?
What’s the real likely lifespan of your inverters and what difference would exchanging them really make?