Low carbon generation & distributed generation

Some of our projects are investigating how low carbon generated electricity from renewable energy sources such as wind, solar or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) can be utilized to help us move towards a low carbon economy.

Find out more below about which projects are exploring Low carbon generation & distributed generation.

Involving distributed generation developers and others
We’ll trial new ‘interruptible’ commercial agreements on suitable and willing customers within the Flexible Plug and Play trial area of Cambridgeshire. Currently, distributed generation developers face many challenges when trying to connect to the electricity network.

Since the start of the project we have been talking to developers to understand how we can make it easier. We have talked to generators of renewable energy (existing and potential) within Cambridgeshire, local and national government, community interest groups, other electricity distribution network operators and trade associations. We have listened to all the feedback and suggestions and developed new ‘interruptible’ commercial arrangements.

Interested in getting involved?

We are happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have about getting involved. So please send an email to us at fpp@ukpowernetworks.co.uk and connections.gateway@ukpowernetworks.co.uk For more information about how we involved our stakeholders and about the analysis carried out on smart commercial arrangements download our Stakeholder Engagement and Principles of Access reports.

Find out more about Flexible Plug and Play >>

London organisations with photovoltaic panels and combined heat and power (CHP) plants are helping us find smart ways to integrate low carbon generation on our network, without overloading cables and substations.

The UK’s Low Carbon Transition Plan sets out how the UK will achieve targets to produce 30 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by 2020. Increasingly, wider use of local, intermittent generation will result in less predictable two-way power flows on our electricity network.

Currently, electricity mainly flows downstream through our substations and cables from a centralised power station to consumers. In the future more electricity may be generated and used locally and exported on to our network when there is a surplus.

This decentralised energy trial is investigating new Active Network Management (ANM) automation and control techniques can be used to develop a smarter electricity network that helps residents and businesses generate their own low-carbon electricity in a cost-effective way.

Who's involved?
Our Low Carbon London partner, Smarter Grid Solutions has developed real-time network management solutions and is working to implement them in London-based industrial and commercial companies

Find out more about Low Carbon London >>

The energy storage system is located on a rural 11kV distribution network in North Norfolk with a 2.25MW wind farm connection. The wind farm is connected midway along a circuit and has ten fixed speed induction generators, resulting in significant reactive power demand whilst generating. The system can be used to smooth and optimise intermittent electricity output from the wind farm.

Find out what else the Short-term discharge energy storage project is exploring >>

The Smarter Network Storage battery is not actually a form of distributed generation, however,  it can act as a generator by releasing electricity onto the network at times of local or national system stress, particularly when demand for electricity outstrips the supply available.

As well as acting like a generator, the Storage device can be used to smooth intermittent-Distributed Generation output, this helps to optimise the output for Distributed Generation operators.

Find out what else the Smarter Network Storage Project is exploring >>

This project focuses on understanding the impact of clusters of photovoltaic generation on the distribution network and validating the photovoltaic (PV) connection assessment tool that we developed.

Find out what else the Validation of PV connection assessment tool project is exploring >>