There is an increasing trend in Europe towards smaller scale, decentralised generation.
This comes in multiple forms: on-site combined heat and power units, flexible peaking units, mid-sized wind plant connected to distribution networks, and small-scale solar photovoltaics mounted on rooftops.
This trend towards decentralised energy is allowing new business models to evolve, well removed from traditional utilities. The growth in energy services companies, community energy schemes and providers of ‘behind-the-meter’ generation solutions bears testament to this.
We apply leading edge modelling and analytics to help owners and investors optimise their assets across multiple revenue streams including reserve services, locational benefits, merchant power and capacity markets.
Decentralised generation impacts local distribution networks. Networks previously designed to meet the peak demand of consumers are now considering the extent to which future reinforcement can be avoided, with more secure supply from local generation.
Together with other new technologies, such as demand-side response and electricity storage, distribution network operators are now managing their networks more actively and deploying their assets more efficiently.