UK Power Reserve (UKPR), an independent developer and operator of flexible, smart and affordable power generation, has more than doubled its specialist workforce in four years and submitted the single largest distributed generation strategy of any independent provider for the upcoming UK Capacity Auction.
Founded by energy experts and investors in 2010, the company now owns and operates a rapidly expanding UK portfolio of flexible power plants that currently stands at 185 MW of generation capacity. The performance of UKPR’s portfolio exceeds industry standards in over 95 per cent of cases and the company is poised for further growth.
Tim Emrich, CEO at UKPR told PEi, “We have been providing demand response to the National Grid for years without a capacity market, and we will continue to expand now that the auctions are in place. We define our services as the ‘energy emergency service’, and this will play a crucial role in keeping the lights on this winter by providing vital energy across the UK just when it is needed most.”
The company also created a Virtual Power Station (VPS) using proprietary UKPR-designed SCADA systems. This technology now provides real-time monitoring and control of its power station network and provision of Demand Side Response (DSR) from the central control room in Solihull, England.
National Grid recently warned that its capacity to supply electricity this winter will be at a seven-year low due to generator closures and breakdowns. Spare electricity capacity, which ran at about 5 per cent over the winter months last year, will possibly be nearer 4 per cent this year, compared with the margin of 17 per cent 3 years ago. This means that the margins are very tight and, should a “Didcot B” style blaze occur or unseasonable colder weather bites, companies such as UK Power Reserve (UKPR) could make the difference between the lights being on or off.
That smaller quick acting flexible power capacity is likely to be required to cover unplanned issues such as large power plant failures, due to fires or turbine breaks. Tim Emrich told Power Engineering International that distributed power can fill the gaps which lead to blackouts.
“We define our services as the ‘energy emergency service’. I am certain that we will play a crucial role in keeping the lights on this winter by providing vital energy across the UK just when it is needed most.”