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Vodcast on power generation

The complexities and the challenges faced by electricity distributors as they update networks for the mid-21st Century came into focus at a workshop now available on a vodcast.

From Press releases - 21 August 2014 12:00 AM

The complexities and the challenges faced by electricity distributors as they update networks for the mid-21st Century came into focus at a workshop now available on a vodcast.

Dozens of experts gathered at the Riley Auditorium at Clare College, Cambridge, to hear from various organisations coping with complexities of connecting more generation and the smart ways to overcome these.

A vodcast from the summit has been posted on UK Power Networks’ YouTube channel.

The event, on distributed generation and smart connections, was co-organised by electricity distributor UK Power Networks and its partner in the Flexible Plug and Play project the Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) at the University of Cambridge.

Sotiris Georgiopoulos, the Flexible Plug and Play Project Director at UK Power Networks, said: “Ten green generation customers have accepted our ground-breaking ‘interruptible’ electricity connection offers so far, getting renewable energy projects off the ground which could not have happened without the complex technical and commercial innovations behind this project.”

“We are keen to share our findings more widely as this innovative project is replicable in Britain and beyond.”

The experts included James Veaney, from industry regulator Ofgem, on the role of regulation in the industry, and Michael Pollitt, of the Energy Policy Research Group, talking about promoting efficient connections and sharing the benefits.

The experience of connecting distributed generation and the regulation in place to support this was also shared by Henning Parbo, from the Danish Transmission System Operator (Energinet). A further session with George Wiltsee from Southern Californian Edison, an electricity utility company in Southern California, gave some insight into renewable auctions for capacity which have proved successful in the USA.