As the OFGEM call for evidence on smart flexible energy systems has now been released it seems to me that a lot of that evidence has been provided over the last few months.
The article linked below is yet another in a stream of reports/recommendations stating that the system needs to be looked at holistically and that certain areas are not treated equally e.g. storage is not generation but seems to suffer by way of being classed as it. Furthermore the current frameworks (whether by chance or otherwise) seem to favour dirtier technologies with diesel gensets often coming out on top.
So it seems that the evidence is mounting up but crucially the issue is whether the evidence is taken on board. Change takes time (see any form of environmental issue from UK law through to global climate change conventions) so pressure needs to be brought. The only way of doing that is for numerous responses to be sent to the latest OFGEM request. Notwithstanding the current state of playing field we are seeing storage sites in development stages and the investor community is interested. Just think how much more interest and investment could be created on an even pitch!
A new report from Policy Exchange has called for a wholesale overhaul of the UK’s power system to create a level playing field for clean energy flexibility technologies to compete with dirtier forms, which would ultimately save consumers as much as £90 a year by 2030. The 'Power 2.0' report claims the shift in focus since the 2000s towards more decarbonised and decentralised energy has increased the need for a smarter and more flexible power system. However, the think tank claims that technologies like demand response and energy storage are not treated equally within the current regulatory, policy and fiscal regime. Instead, it states the current framework favours much dirtier forms of flexibility, in particular diesel engines