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Company Profile – Ofgem

Ofgem (the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets) are the regulators for the electricity and downstream natural gas markets in Great Britain. Ofgem are a UK government department, however, they are an independent regulator and act without government say or supervision. Ofgem’s main aim is to protect consumers. They do this by enabling market competition,Continue reading “Company Profile – Ofgem”

The £600m/year market you didn’t know existed – the Balancing Mechanism

The Balancing Mechanism is a market operated and utilised by National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) to help them maintain the safe operation of the UK electricity network. The electricity network must be balanced at all times i.e. generation and demand must be equal, otherwise power failures and infrastructure failures may result. As electricity isContinue reading “The £600m/year market you didn’t know existed – the Balancing Mechanism”

Homeowners could take part in this £430m/year market – Ancillary Services

My previous post discussed the real-time actions National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO) can take to ensure the safety of the network via the Balancing Mechanism (LINK). NGESO can also take actions in advance of real-time, by offering contracts to power plants/and or demand users which will make them available during times when NGESO forecastContinue reading “Homeowners could take part in this £430m/year market – Ancillary Services”

Nuclear Power Stations

There are eight operational Nuclear power stations in the UK, with a combined capacity of 9.2GW (Source: National Grid TEC Register 27th August 2020). All the sites are owned by EDF. The Nuclear plants produced 56.2TWh of electricity in 2019, equating to roughly 17% of total production[1]. Nuclear plants tend to run continuously (Baseload –Continue reading “Nuclear Power Stations”

What are Interconnectors, and what importance do they have for Britain?

An Interconnector is a high-voltage cable that allows electricity to be transferred from one country to another. The cables can run either under the sea, underground or as part of an overhead line. Great Britain has a number of individual Interconnectors with other countries currently in operation, with a combined capacity of 5GW: Capacity NameContinue reading “What are Interconnectors, and what importance do they have for Britain?”


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