Record 6.4GW of Capacity Tendered by Network Operators

Network operators put up a staggering 6.4GW of capacity for grabs on the local flexibility markets of Great Britain last year, with a remarkable 4GW secured – marking an almost double increase in just one year.

These latest statistics come a year after the ENA’s Open Networks Programme initiated three new work streams – Network Operation, Market Development, and Planning & Network Development – to make the local flexibility markets more accessible to all.

The programme underwent a strategic revamp to foster closer collaboration with the industry, focusing on both the co-development and co-delivery of projects. This approach has successfully dismantled barriers to market participation, resulting in significant growth in secured flexibility.

According to the figures compiled by ENA, for the second consecutive year, approximately 75% of the secured flexibility consists of low-carbon technologies, encompassing stored energy, solar, and biofuel.

The ENA emphasized that local flexibility services play a crucial role in the UK’s decarbonisation journey by feeding power back to the grid during peak demand times and storing it during off-peak hours.

Flexibility optimises the utilization of network capacity and expedites the integration of more low-carbon technologies such as wind power, the ENA further explained.

Dr. Avi Aithal, Head of Open Networks at ENA, expressed his thoughts on this remarkable achievement:

“This is a significant milestone for the UK’s energy networks and underscores their dedication to delivering optimal value to consumers. Despite the latest statistics once again positioning Great Britain as the leading flexibility market globally, we remain committed to maintaining swift progress.

“The invaluable support from the industry, governmental departments, and Ofgem has been crucial to the programme, and we eagerly anticipate continued collaboration with them and the forthcoming Market Facilitator to aid the UK in achieving our decarbonisation objectives while minimizing costs for customers.”

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