Electricity System Change: flexibility and costs

9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, 10 January 2018
University of Strathclyde , Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George Street, Glasgow,G1 1RD, United Kingdom

The electricity system’s technology has already changed substantially and that change is accelerating. Are the engineering of the system and the associated commercial and regulatory mechanisms keeping pace to ensure reliable future operation at a manageable cost?

A number of recent initiatives address aspects of this question. Among them are UKERC’s review of costs of intermittency, National Grid’s consultation on system needs and products, recent BEIS statements on the future energy system and Ofgem working papers on network access and charging. These all sit alongside interest in what a Distribution System Operator might be like, the Cost of Energy Review by Dieter Helm, and ongoing debate in Scotland about security of supply.

Places are limited so please visit the University of Strathclyde website to register and book your ticket. Registration includes lunch and refreshments, and costs £15 or £7.50 for students.

This event is supported by the UK Energy Research Centre, the University of Strathclyde and the UK and Republic of Ireland chapter of the IEEE Power and Energy Society.


09:00 – 09:30


09:30 – 09:45

 Welcome and introduction

 Keith Bell, Professor, University of       Strathclyde

09:45 – 10:05

 Keynote: Upgrading our energy   system

 OFGEM (to be confirmed)

Theme 1: Managing changes to the system’s characteristics

10:05 – 10:25

 Review of costs of intermittency

 Rob Gross, Senior Lecturer, Imperial College   London,

 Phil Heptonstall, Research Fellow Imperial   College London

10:25 – 10:40

 System needs and product strategy

 Patrick Cassels, Senior Operability Strategy Analyst, National Grid

10:40 – 11:10

 Coffee break

11:10 – 11:25

 Balancing services: an aggregator’s   perspective

 Alastair Martin, Founder and Chief Strategy   Officer, Flexitricity

11:25 – 11:40

 Assessing the impact of reduced inertia

 Marcel Nedd, University of Strathclyde

11:40 – 12:00


 Phil Heptonstall, Rob Gross, Oatrick Cassels,   Alastair Martin

12:00 – 13:00


Theme 2: Engaging distributed energy resources

13:00 – 13:15

 Impacts of DER on Network Businesses:  Flexibility and Whole System Planning

 Jim McOmish, Head of Distribution Network,   SP Energy Networks

13:15 – 13:30

 Towards a DSO – The Open networks   project

 Stewart Reid, Head of DSO and innovation,   SSEN

13:30 – 13:45

 DSO and managing the transmission-   distribution interface: SmartNet

 Ivana Kockar, Reader, University of   Strathclyde

13:45 – 14:00

 How network charges can support (or not) the needs of a flexible electricity system

 Simon Gill, Scottish Government

14:00 – 14:20


 Jim McOmish, Stewart Reid, Ivana Kockar,   Simon Gill

14:20 – 14:50

 Coffee break

Theme 3: System resilience

14:50 – 15:05

 Future system operability

 Graham Stein, National Grid

15:05 – 15:20

 A generator’s perspective of the risk to   system resilience

 Damian Jackman, Grid and Regulatory   Performance Manager, SSE

15:20 – 15:35

 Offshore wind black start provision

 Ian Talbot, Frazer Nash

15:35 – 15:50

 System stability and Virtual   Synchronous Machines

 Andrew Roscoe, Senior Lecturer, University   of Strathclyde

15:50 – 16:10


 Graham Stein, Ian Talbot, Damian Jackman,   Andrew Roscoe

Reflections and next steps

16:10 – 17:10

 Panel discussion

 Peter Bingham, Chief Engineer, OFGEM

 Scott Mathieson, Network Planning &   Regulation Director, SP Energy Networks​​​​​​​

 Keith Bell, Professor, University of   Strathclyde

 Hannah Smith, Senior Policy Manager,   Scottish Renewables

17:10 – 18:30

Close and drinks reception