Policy and Issues
ESN Policy Priorities
ESN calls for:
We work on these issues with expert input from our membership. If you are not a member, join us and we look forward to hearing your views.
ESN responds to BEIS and Ofgem's Call for Evidence on 'A Smart and Flexible Energy System'.
The ESN response can be found here, and you will see that our key request is to press on, with a sense of urgency, with removing the range of regulatory and commercial barriers currently faced by storage providers.
Supporting policy and issue documentation can be found here
Regulating Electricity Storage
The UK is behind many other countries in its adoption of modern electricity storage. We are involved in responding to a consultation by BEIS and Ofgem to promote 'A Smart, Flexible Energy System'. Our intention is to promote electricity storage whilst highlighting the existing regulatory barriers to its implementation in the UK.
Questions that need answering are:
In addition to activities in the UK we are working in Europe, through the European Association for the Storage of Energy, and the Commission are busily assessing their approach to storage.
If you have any comments on these proposals please contact us:
Electricity Storage in the National Interest
We propose that the UK power system should have a minimum of 2,000 MW of new network connected electricity storage by the year 2020. This represents just less than 10% of the predicted increase in renewable generation capacity over the same time period.
You can download our proposals in "Development of Electricity Storage in the National Interest".
We will press government to include support for new storage in the electricity market reform process - whether as targeted actions within the capacity market or contracts for differences, or in a specific targeted action.
Our definition for Electricity Storage
The Electricity Storage Network has an agreed definition for electricity storage:
"Electricity Storage” in the electricity system is the conversion of electrical energy into a form of energy which can be stored, the storing of that energy, and the subsequent reconversion of that energy back into electrical energy.
“Electricity Storage Facility” in the electricity system means a facility where Electricity Storage occurs.
Any definition should not include terms that refer to other asset classes or licensed activities, such as supply or generation (or demand).
The definition in the DECC Consultation: Consultation on amending the CfD contract and regulations (page 21, section 47) is not appropriate as it also includes "generating unit".
This definition is published in the BEIS / OFGEM call for evidence (November 2016) on page 34, paragraph 32.
Responses to Past Consultations
Consultation document on electricity market reform
UK Government Consultation on Electricity Market Reform
The Government’s White Paper “Planning our electric future” is now available for download. Go to the DECC website here to download this and the supporting documents.
National Grid - seven year statement consultation
National Grid: Operating the Electricity Transmission Networks in 2020