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UKERC calls for government to prioritise flexibility in order to control costs

UKERC calls for government to prioritise flexibility in order to control costs


The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) has warned that without sufficient flexibility, the costs of integrating intermittent energy sources into the electricity system will much higher than necessary. Released on Tuesday 21 February, the paper is an update to UKERC’s 2006 review of the costs and impacts of incorporating “intermittent” generation. It recommends that a whole system analytical approach is “essential” to determine the optimal mix of technologies in substantially transformed systems. Co-author of the report, Dr. Rob Gross commented: “The conversation we have every winter, which is only about whether we have enough spare capacity to keep the lights from going out, is the wrong question. What we should be asking instead is not just how many power stations we need, but whether they’re the right kind of power stations to keep the system flexible enough.”

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