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A plan to really start accelerating electrification

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Sep 2021

A plan to really start accelerating electrification

Cortexo and Our Energy are committed to action that results in the electricity system and market being able to meet the challenges and opportunities of accelerated electrification. This is the last of ten articles, broken into two series of five, that we’ve penned during 2021. These were prompted by our own practical experiences and observations over many years alongside the release earlier this year of the first carbon budgets and advice from our Climate Change Commission.  Taken as a whole, what we’re trying to say is this; a coherent and comprehensive plan is needed for the electricity sector to coordinate the decisions about updating regulatory settings to really start accelerating...

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An organised flexibility market requires organisation

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Sep 2021

An organised flexibility market requires organisation

Cortexo and Our Energy are committed to action that results in the electricity system and market being able to meet the challenges and opportunities of accelerated electrification.  We’ve talked about having a plan to unlock the value of distributed energy resources (DER) and flexibility, founded in these four principles:  — Clear policy leadership to coordinate the transition and hold everyone accountable   — A long term view which focuses on the things which set the critical path   — Being inclusive and making sure all voices are heard, particularly the people the whole thing is designed for   — Learn by doing, using pilots and trials to find what works. Our view is that...

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Making flexibility a feature of system and network operation

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Sep 2021

Making flexibility a feature of system and network operation

Cortexo and Our Energy are committed to action that results in the electricity system and market being able to meet the challenges and opportunities of accelerated electrification.  We’ve talked about having a plan to unlock the value of distributed energy resources (DER) and flexibility and what good progress towards having that plan might look like. Our view is that the plan really needs to focus on the adoption of a flexibility-first requirement for network operation and asset management.  But, a flexibility-first approach will be most useful when flexibility is a feature of system and network operation and when flexibility services are easily exchanged.  This article and next week’s one explore these...

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A flexibility-first approach is the key

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Aug 2021

A flexibility-first approach is the key

Last week, we talked about the plan to unlock the value of DER and flexibility and what good progress towards having that plan might look like.  In this article, we move on to outlining how the first step to unlocking the value of DER and flexibility is to take a flexibility-first approach to network operation and asset management. The operating instructions for networks have changed and/or are changing – the old ones were designed for a steady operating state. Moving to a flexibility-first approach is about embedding the necessary change to a dynamic operating state.  To be clear; without a flexibility-first approach, the brakes will be put on electrification, uptake...

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The state of things: pace of progress towards electrification

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Aug 2021

The state of things: pace of progress towards electrification

It is not clear that the narrow focus of each policy and regulatory agency will result in a long term view which focuses on the actions which set the critical path, and no guarantee actions will be sequenced appropriately. What would good progress look like? Good progress would be confidence that work was underway on something like this Smart systems and Flexibility Plan 2021 published in July by the UK Government. It’s a plan with specific actions and timeframes for transitioning to a net zero energy system. Good progress would be a clear line of sight between the prize (value of DER and flexibility), the problems and barriers preventing us...

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Cortexo and Our Energy: getting it, together

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Aug 2021

Cortexo and Our Energy: getting it, together

Why we’re collaborating and an open invitation to join us Our Energy and Cortexo believe that Aotearoa New Zealand’s electricity industry (and energy sector generally) is not moving fast enough to adapt to changes demanded by customers and the planet. Even without the obvious need to reduce carbon which requires significant electrification, there is snail-pace acceptance of an electricity supply chain that is turning inside out, one plug point at a time. The energy system of the future will be electric and led by customers, not companies. Households and businesses will be power stations; they will provide flexibility and ancillary services to the market; and, from a market point of...

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Multiple electricity services at your door

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Jul 2021

Multiple electricity services at your door

Wouldn’t it be good if you could purchase your electricity from one electricity retailer but sell your solar generation (or battery storage) to a different one? Or maybe be part of a community energy scheme that also allows you to continue accessing electricity from your normal retailer when the community scheme doesn’t provide everything you need. Maybe, when you buy your EV and get a charger installed, there is a specialist EV charging company that can provide very cheap power for EV charging through a deal it has with a large global EV manufacturer whose leader likes space travel? How is this different from what we have now? Well, as...

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A flexible system is a cheaper system

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Jul 2021

A flexible system is a cheaper system

Very surprised, shocked, and somewhat embarrassed (as well as very chuffed) to have received the Sustainable Energy Association of NZ (SEANZ) award for the “Industry Person of 2021” at last nights awards dinner in Hamilton. Thanks also to Fronius for sponsoring the SEANZ awards. I think there are lots of “industry people” like me who are advocating for a more rapid response to the Climate Change Commission report on the need for electrification of transport and process heat. To achieve this we need Clear policy leadership to coordinate the transition and hold everyoneaccountable. A long term view which focuses on the things which set the criticalpath. Being inclusive and making...

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What is it going to take and what needs to be done!?

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Mar 2021

What is it going to take and what needs to be done!?

MARCH 23 2021 — OUR ENERGY, CORTEXO & CTQ ADVISORS In this, the fifth and final article of our series, we aim to highlight some of the principles that could guide the who, what, when and how of Aotearoa New Zealand’s electricity sector meeting the challenges and opportunities of accelerated electrification. The story so far goes like this: Meeting the carbon budgets proposed by the Climate Change Commission requires a fit-for-purpose electricity system and market able to cope with the heavy lifting resulting from rapid electrification and uptake of renewable, distributed energy resources (DER). The electricity sector will not make a least-cost transition to a low emission future without a...

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The clock is ticking on electricity sector flexibility: how long have we got?

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Mar 2021

The clock is ticking on electricity sector flexibility: how long have we got?

Meeting the carbon budgets proposed by the Climate Change Commission requires a fit-for-purpose electricity system and market able to cope with the heavy lifting resulting from rapid electrification and uptake of renewable, distributed energy resources (DER). The electricity sector will not make a least cost transition to a low emission future without a plan of action. But the broad discussion on how the electricity sector plans to evolve to support least cost electrification and decarbonisation of the economy has not really started.  People, the economy and the environment will be worse off unless a clear plan is quickly developed to guide the upgrade to the regulatory settings needed to have...

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