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In this episode of Talking New Energy, the Delta-EE podcast, we talk with two energy retailers about how they are helping customers how to get started with their first electric vehicle – how to find the best tariff, how to get a wallbox and more. They also discuss their plans for their role in the coming collision between energy and mobility.

Host Jon Slowe is joined by Goncalo Castelo Branco, Director of Smart Mobility at Portuguese energy retailer EDP; Tom Hart, Head of Portfolio for Energy Management and EVs at British Gas, part of Centrica, in the UK; and Delta-EE expert John Murray.

You can listen to the episode at www.delta-ee.com/talkingnewenergy, on your favourite podcast provider, or below.

Large energy customers are increasingly walking the walk and buying their energy from green sources – not just through green tariffs, but with linkages directly to the generator through a multi-year deal. On the other side of the fence, renewable energy generators like the guarantee of a long term agreement to sell their energy. And in the middle of this often sit energy companies – facilitating and enabling these transactions. In this episode we talk with energy company Alpiq and renewable energy asset owner Aquila about the rise and rise of PPAs, with a focus on the Spanish market. Host Jon Slowe is joined by Jesus Reyes, Head of Sales & Origination at Alpiq; Marcos Dominguez, Director of Power Markets, Aquila Capital; and Delta-EE expert, Dina Darshini.

Listen to the episode here on your favourite podcast provider.

Obtaining electricity network connections for new housing developments is often constrained by the current regulatory investment methodology as well as by technical and other factors.  

This is being exacerbated by increasing electrical demands arising from the electrification of heat and mobility to meet decarbonisation targets. 

This can result in sub-optimal investment decisions focused primarily on short-term compliance workarounds, rather than lifetime performance on either environmental or economic grounds.  

Today, in order to justify any network investment which is to be included within a DNO’s regulatory asset base (RAB) there must be a demonstrable immediate need for network capacity. This means that, even if there is a clear future need for, say, an investment in a particular area adjacent to a site already under construction, unless an application is imminent, it is not permissible for the DNO to make anticipatory investments. This often results in sub-optimal network design (which is developed piecemeal rather than strategically) and results in long delays for new or upgraded connections. 

Such delays may result in a project representing too high an investment risk for a potential developer and will at least result in increased costs being passed on from the DNO to the developer. It may even result in certain sites which might otherwise represent good investment opportunities becoming unviable to the commercial loss of the developer, but also to the detriment of communities which need additional homes, or to the environment if potential renewable generation cannot be connected economically. 

Potential solutions in this area have been discussed over many years.  However, the increasing urgency to both stimulate economic growth in the wake of the global pandemic and to develop sufficient numbers of low carbon homes have added a new imperative to the debate. 

A number of actions are required including the development of implementable solutions to the specific regulatory, technical, economic and other obstacles. This new whitepaper explores these challenges and makes a number of recommendations. 

Download the whitepaper here.

In the new episode of Talking New Energy we head to Texas, to explore what we can learn from the February power crisis. The crisis left over 4.5 million homes and businesses without power, some for many days, and some estimate the economic damage at a staggering $195 billion. Lots has been written about the causes, with much of the attention on the supply side of the market. There’s been less focus on what we saw happen with customers – or the demand side. And while these crises have had terrible impacts, they also provide an opportunity to step back and see how markets could be reformed.

Host Jon Slowe is joined by Lynne Kiesling, an economist and Visiting Professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Sid Sachdeva, Founder and CEO at Innowatts, a SaaS platform that leverages insights from more than 40 million meters, many of which were in the region affected by the crisis; and Delta-EE expert Jon Ferris, one of our experts on how the demand side can participate more in electricity markets.

Listen to the episode below and catch up on more Talking New Energy episodes on your favourite podcast provider.

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