Coordinating research in energy networks

Electricity System Change: flexibility and costs

University of Strathclyde , Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow,G1 1RD, United Kingdom

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 10 January 2018

The electricity system's technology has already changed substantially and that change is accelerating. Is the engineering of the system, and the associated commercial and regulatory mechanisms keeping pace to ensure reliable future operation at a manageable cost?

A number of recent initiatives address aspects of this question. Among them are UKERC's review of costs of intermittency, National Grid's consultation on system needs and products, recent BEIS statements on the future energy system, Ofgem working papers on network access and charging. These all sit alongside interest in what a Distribution System Operator might be like, the Cost of Energy Review by Dieter Helm, and ongoing debate in Scotland about security of supply.

You are warmly invited to a 1 day conference in Glasgow, hosted by the University of Strathclyde and the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) on Wednesday January 10th, 2018 starting at 9am and finishing with a drinks reception around 5pm.

The day will have the following outline programme:

1. Managing changes to the system's characteristics: what is the cost of intermittency and are changes needed to the ancillary services that are bought and the way they are procured?

2. System resilience: what new reliability risks are we facing and how can their impacts be contained and recovered from?

3. Enabling distributed energy resources (DER): what challenges and opportunities does DER introduce for operation of the whole electricity system? How should institutional arrangements between transmission and distribution change?

4. A panel discussion: what should be the next steps to enabling a safe, affordable electricity system transition?

5. Networking and drinks reception from 17.00

Senior stakeholders from National Grid, Scottish Power, SSE, UKERC, Flexitricity, Frazer Nash and Ofgem will be speaking at the event, with more speakers to be confirmed soon.

Places are limited so please visit the University of Strathclyde website to register and book your ticket.

Registration includes lunch and refreshments and costs 15 or 7.50 for students.