Cornwall Local Energy Market: trials prove successful

“… to develop and test a market-based solution on energy flexibility trading.”

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Some three years ago, Centrica, which is “is at the forefront of the distributed energy market.”, started a trial:

Pioneering local energy market in Cornwall | Centrica Business Solutions

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This has now come to an end – with impressive results:

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Cornwall £17m flexible energy trials prove success

In November 2020, we concluded the UK’s biggest trial of its potential in over 200 homes and businesses in Cornwall. Over three years, the £16.7 million Cornwall Local Energy Market saw 310MWh of power traded successfully, with greenhouse gas savings of nearly 10,000 tonnes a year as a result.

We delivered on our aim to develop and test a market-based solution on energy flexibility trading.  As part of the trial, over 7.5 megawatts of low carbon technology was installed, more than 100 businesses participated and a further 100 homes received a combination of solar panels and wall mounted battery storage. Key lessons are being shared with partners, participants and stakeholders; as well as 3,000 secondary age students.

Cornwall Local Energy Market | Centrica plc

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And the energy press is particularly impressed:

Cornwall flexible energy trials prove success

Britain’s largest flexibility trial demonstrates path to a smarter grid

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Here’s a video looking at the Cornish project:

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Cornwall Local Energy Market – YouTube

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And here’s another explaining how a local energy market works:

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How the Local Energy Market works – YouTube

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photo: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Energy Market

   
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