Regulation to dominate today’s ESN meeting

 This week's UK Electricity Storage Network annual meeting is dominated by the future regulation of energy storage in the UK. Photo credit: OST Energy


This week’s UK Electricity Storage Network annual meeting is dominated by the future regulation of energy storage in the UK. Photo credit: OST Energy

By Jason Deign

The issue of regulation is set to tower over proceedings at today’s Electricity Storage Network (ESN) annual meeting the UK, Energy Storage Report has learned.

UK distribution network operators (DNOs) are keen to deploy storage but face regulatory hurdles due to a lack of definition over how to treat the assets, said Dr Jill Cainey, the ESN’s director.

In particular, from a regulatory point of view storage in the UK is treated as both a source of demand and of supply, since it does not have a class of its own. This means DNOs have to comply with two sets of regulation.

“That’s just not efficient,” blasted Cainey. “You and I could do whatever we like. As soon as it’s owned and operated by a supplier then that becomes a problem.”

Oliver Soper, co-founder and director of the energy technical advisory firm OST Energy, said: “For a DNO it’s a massive challenge.
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