An interesting insight into how Ofgem are evolving and beginning to lead of the move to a more flexible electricity system, rather than being, and supporting, those that were fighting change and wanting to preserve the status quo of centralised generation and distribution.
Like most articles this does address the rise of EV's and their changing needs (and opportunities that provides), but really is about the holistic way the T&D systems needs to be looked at, and changed accordingly. Much different than ten years ago when my previous company were battling for grid connections for solar installs of even moderate and small capacity.
At Hyperion we continue to work with (and recruit for) clients providing the technology and flexibility services to facilitate this change.
The proposals would seek to give incentives for customers to charge their EVs flexibly and move their demand out of peak periods. Ofgem says this would free up existing grid capacity to allow new generators, including businesses or other organisations which want to generate their own power on-site, to get connected to the grid more quickly. Jonathan Brearley, executive director, systems and networks at Ofgem, said: “The proposals we have announced today will also harness the benefits of electric vehicles and other new technologies to help manage the energy system and keep costs down for all consumers.” Those that fail to take up this ‘flexible charging’ method could be hit with increased network charges under plans by Ofgem, which is considering targeting users (including households) who consume more at peak times.