National Grid awards STOR contract to Renewable Energy Generation

Source: Renewable Energy Generation

UK renewable energy developer and operator, Renewable Energy Generation’s (AIM: WIND) subsidiary REG Biopower has won two contracts with National Grid to provide Short Term Operating Reserve (STOR) using its innovative plant powered by waste cooking oil.

STOR allows National Grid to source reserve power in pre specified seasonal time periods to meet actual demand when greater than forecasted or during unexpected plant breakdowns. Under the contracts REG Bio will receive an availability payment for standing by during STOR periods and a utilisation payment for any power generated. In addition REG Bio will be allowed to run its plant opportunistically outside STOR hours.

REG Bio's existing 6MW plant in Suffolk and a new 2MW Leeds facility, which is expected to be operational from August 2011, will operate the STOR contracts.

Andrew Whalley, REG Chief Executive Officer, said: "These contract awards firmly underpin REG Bio's existing plant and technology and potentially provides a solid foundation from which to grow our bioliquid business in the future. We are delighted to be partnering with NG and the provision of flexible capacity ideally complements our existing wind business."

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