Renewable Energy Insight
ElectraLink’s Renewable Insight Service gives the energy market visibility of regionally connected generation derived from settlement data flowing across the Data Transfer Service (DTS) – removing the data ‘blind spot’ which until now has hidden 40% of total renewable output from view.
Renewable energy sources now provide over 25% of electricity to the UK – a four-fold increase since 2008. Our data indicates that around 40% of total renewable electricity generation is connected to regional Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) rather than directly to the National Grid, which means that historically there has been no comprehensive, national source of data on this vital sector of the energy market.
As the majority of renewable electricity generation is produced using wind and solar technologies, it is subject to prevailing weather conditions and therefore volatile and difficult to predict. The significant growth in the DNO-connected renewable generation sector has further exacerbated the problem.
The graph to the right highlights the growth in wind and solar electricity generation since 2012 – note the volatility and seasonality of wind and solar energy.
Our Renewable Insight Service can enable industry participants to forecast net demand more effectively, identify where there may be bottlenecks in the distribution network, and make more informed decisions. It can also help prevent lost revenue and unnecessary cost by helping the industry manage this important generation resource more effectively.
The diagram to the left shows how this service can be used to improve the accuracy of forecasting energy demand.