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Case Study: how locational pricing could save businesses (and everyone) on bills

Assessing the impact that large demand users siting in response to locational prices - moving from South to North - could have on their bills, all GB consumer bills, carbon emissions and the need for new network infrastructure.

Driving a clean heating system: turning an imperative into an upgrade

Today, the dominant form of heating in the UK is gas boilers. We are very aware of this, so much so that we’re currently one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of natural gas. And as a company who loves our customers we do the best possible job for them.

Report: Consumer flexibility - ready to replace coal

This paper analyses the results from Octopus Energy’s Saving Sessions campaign - part of ESO’s Demand Flexibility Service and the largest ever consumer flexibility campaign. Over 700,000 customers shifted over 1.86GWh of demand flexibility, proving that consumer flexibility is ready to deliver a low-carbon, cost-effective resource to the grid at gigawatt scale today. We look at key results, including customer response and participation levels, as well as recommendations for the future of the Demand Flexibility Service, due to launch in November 2023.

Report: The Grid - the change needed to get renewables connected sooner

The GB grid is broken. Renewable developers are facing queues of up to 15 years to get projects connected. In this paper, we make six recommendations - across a number of different areas that should allow networks to make better use of consumer flexibility to manage constraints, provide users with better visibility about where it's most system-beneficial to connect, and changes which should reduce the time it takes to connect.

Report: Local Flexibility Markets - Future Proofed

This paper looks at the evolving mix of technologies connecting to distribution networks, and assesses what new challenges and opportunities they introduce that should inform local market design. We review the current tools being used to manage local congestion (DNO flexibility markets, dynamic distribution charging and flexible connections), their pros and cons, and recommend a new vision for future local flexibility markets (dynamic distribution charging) that we think will be more resilient to many of these emerging challenges.

Everyone’s a winner - why smart tariffs are good for all customers, even those not on them

We’re in the middle of a massive, system-wide transformation in energy. The change is crucial because the power sources we rely on are changing. Moving from “burning fossil fuels on demand” to “producing power according to when the sun’s shining and the wind’s blowing” means we need to look at new, creative ways to balance energy needs with generation to ensure our future electricity system remains safe and reliable.

We must reform the electricity market to make this the last fossil fuel crisis ever

Decarbonisation has never been more critical, but the case for significant market reform is now just as much about energy security, and making our system affordable. Find out how we can ramp up low carbon flexibility through market reform and key supporting policy measures.

Switch up green levies for a smarter, cleaner energy system

With energy costs going up, the energy crisis has brought new attention to all the smaller costs that make up your electricity bill; including green levies. Tin this blog we look at how taking them out of customers’ bills and including them in ‘general taxation’ would help unleash energy flexibility, making the grid greener in the process.

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