Thursday, 10 March 2016

Smart energy: the decentralised energy system of the future >>> The Smart Energy Marketplace in Exeter >>> Thursday 17th March

The latest news from SidEnergy is that community energy is having a really tough time at the moment:
Futures Forum: SidEnergy latest: lobbying for community energy

And one message in particular was that from RegenSW, urging those interested in developing local energy projects to attend the forthcoming Smart Energy Marketplace in a week's time:

We are having an open policy making session with Fiona Booth, head of community energy at DECC, and Emma Bridge from CEE, at Smart Energy Marketplace Renewable Energy Marketplace on the 17 March, so we very much hope you will join us to have your say.

Smart Energy Marketplace
The decentralised energy system of the future, 17 March 2016, 10am – 4pm, Sandy Park, Exeter
Book here  or call 01392 494 399

Conference and talks now confirmed at Smart Energy Marketplace 2016 | Regen SW
Renewable Energy Marketplace

This piece appeared last week in the Western Morning News promoting the event:

South West 'leading the smart energy revolution'

By WMNKRossiter | Posted: March 04, 2016

By Keith Rossiter

Didcot power station

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The South West is leading the way in the transition to more decentralised, smarter energy system based on renewable energy, a Westcountry renewable energy expert says.

Merlin Hyman, chief executive of Regen SW, was speaking after government advisers said the UK could save up to £8billion a year by using electricity better.

"The call from the new National Infrastructure Commission for government to back this energy revolution is very significant," Mr Hyman said.

The National Infrastructure Commission envisages a smart energy revolution with more cables linking the National Grid to mainland Europe and improved storage of power.

Its report, Smart Power, looks into ways the UK can better balance supply and demand in the energy market.

This would save consumers up to £8 billion a year by 2030, help meet the UK's 2050 carbon targets, and secure Britain's energy supply for generations, the report says.

It says Britain should become a world leader in storing electricity, and make full use of demand flexibility by improving regulation, and informing the public of its benefits.

Lord Adonis, chairman of the commission, said: "Quality infrastructure is fundamental to our quality of life. Better decision making, clearer planning, and more efficient and timely delivery can help create the world class infrastructure this country needs to succeed.

"To radically improve, we have to do more than simply adapt to a changing world – we must shape that change to our advantage. The developments in our electricity sector are a case in point.

"Our existing power stations are closing down and their replacements will be radically different as we decarbonise supply to reduce emissions.

"This represents an enormous challenge, but it also leaves the UK uniquely placed to benefit from three exciting innovations set to transform the global electricity market – interconnection, storage and demand flexibility.

"The UK can lead the world in harnessing these innovations, bringing jobs and investment into the country and cutting bills for consumers."

He added: "If we get this right, a smart power revolution could save consumers £8billion a year."

The commission says the UK needs to store much more energy from intermittent renewable sources like wind and solar.

Fridges, freezers and washing machines could play a part, they say.

Experts believe it is the first step to a full-scale "Internet of Energy", with web-enabled home appliances like freezers and washing machines linked to the grid.

Exeter is hosting a major Smart Energy Marketplace event on March 17 which will showcase to businesses and landowners the energy system of the future and South West leadership in the field. Find out more at www.smartenergymarketplace.co.uk."

South West 'leading the smart energy revolution' | Plymouth Herald

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