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FlexLondon

We're building a community to accelerate flexible low-carbon energy, so it’s available when you need it, saving you money and reducing the city’s carbon emissions. 

We are working with energy users and innovators; to support commercialisation of this new flexible energy resource. and are looking for more.

The programme identifies organisations that have the potential to use, generate and store energy at various times of the day or year, and match them with innovators that can help manage this. 

This will help London accommodate more renewable energy generation and manage additional demand on the grid which is being created by electric vehicles and the electrification of heat.

Supported by the Mayor of London, FlexLondon is part of his £34m Energy for Londoners programme which aims to make London’s homes warm, healthy and affordable, its workplaces more energy efficient, and to supply the capital with more local clean energy.

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What is energy flexibility?

Electricity has always been produced in real time to meet users’ demands, but this is changing as we increase the amount of renewable energy we use.  

The amount of electricity renewable generation produces is dependent on the wind and sunlight so, if we can use or store renewable energy when it is abundant, we can reduce the total amount of generation needed. 

Flexibility is about choosing when and where we use energy, particularly electricity, to allow the entire energy system to be more cost effective for all users.  

Energy flexibility is where energy users or generators can increase or decrease their demand or supply, sometimes with the use of energy storage, without affecting their normal business activities.  

London has estimated it could reach up to 1GW of flexibility in 2050. If we can unlock this resource we can cut bills, improve air quality and create new sources of income by making better use of existing networks and infrastructure.

What could it do for my business?

Being flexible in when you use energy allows you to take advantage of off-peak, cheaper periods and potentially avoid higher prices. It also enables London to incorporate more renewable energy sources onto its grid.

The programme is also an opportunity for you to engage with neighbouring businesses and your local community to identify potential flexibility synergies and maximise the potential returns.

Making better use of the city’s assets reduces everyone’s costs and improves the environment we live and work in.

Benefits for energy users:

  • access our database of innovators to find a low-carbon solution based on your energy flexibility needs
  • network with a range of innovators and other energy users
  • access to a team of advisors to help accelerate your project
  • minimise your bills by using energy when it is most cost-effective
  • access new additional revenue streams for supporting the wider energy system
  • increase use of your on-site renewable resources
  • replace old diesel backup with low-emission solutions

Benefits for energy providers:

  • connect with sites approved for flexibility potential by our team of experts
  • find partners across the value chain to deliver flexibility
  • connect to the wider flexibility community
  • contribute an expression of interest for commercial projects
  • be recognised by the Mayor's environment team for contributing to furthering energy flexibility in London
  • highlight your own barriers and see where common issues arise across the capital
  • contribute knowledge to future policy around barriers, incentives and flexibility pricing
     

How does the programme work?

There are two phases to FlexLondon:

Phase 1 - Complete

The first phase focused on planning and engagement. We identified potential sites to provide energy, and companies that could benefit from access to flexible low-carbon energy.

Phase 2 - Current

We are running an acceleration process between January and June 2019 to build a flexibility marketplace in London. Suitable sites are being identified and we are in the process of matching these with innovators.

By creating an environment where we can grow a diverse range of flexibility solutions, building a community, identifying funding mechanisms and policy or market barriers, we can better understand how to shorten the time it takes to commercialise flexible energy services in London. This will contribute to a smart, zero-carbon city well ahead of 2050.

London flexibility map

The following public datasets have been mapped to inform the key areas for focussing the flexibility efforts in London. This includes a postcode search tool which enables you to explore the flexibility potential for your sites.

  1. Air Quality Focus Areas (GLA)
  2. Flexibility Service Areas (current challenge areas for UKPN)
  3. Opportunity Areas – areas for future grid developments
  4. EV Rapid Charging Points (RCP) – public use and taxi
  5. Solar PV installations – Commercial, Community & Industrial

If you’d like to better understand your organisations’ flexibility potential and take the first step to exploring opportunities with other energy users please join FlexLondon.

If you have any queries, please contact us using the form below.
 

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Meet the team

Sponsors

Daniel Barrett - Lead - Smart Energy, Greater London Authority
Project role - Sponsor
Expertise - Energy policy, strategy, innovation, smart energy for cities

Rick Curtis - Senior Policy & Programme Officer (Smart Energy), Greater London Authority
Project role - Sponsor, Project delivery
Expertise - Energy policy and innovation, smart cities, corporate sustainability

Project delivery

Molly Webb - CEO, Energy Unlocked
Project role - Co-director  
Expertise - Energy innovation, renewable energy, smart cities, city procurement, corporate sustainability

Mark Bornhoft - CEO, Eigen Ventures
Project role - Co-director  
Expertise - Energy innovation commercialisation, UK energy system expertise

Aneysha Minocha - Founder & Director, Quantenergy
Project role - Project delivery lead
Expertise - Smart buildings, energy efficiency & carbon reduction

Robert Friel - Power networks innovation specialist, Energy Unlocked
Project role - Power network specialist
Expertise - Regulation, commercial propositions, energy network management, smart grid

David Porter - Project Manager, Energy Unlocked
Project role - Energy innovation specialist
Expertise - Energy generation, energy efficiency and smart grid management

Catriona Power - Business Development, Energy Unlocked
Project role - Sourcing solution analyst 
Expertise - Engagement processes, clean technology, energy efficiency, smart cities

Salvo Zingale - Associate, Quantenergy
Project role - Project support
Expertise - Climate policy research

Myles McCarthy - Project Director, Carbon Trust
Project role - Phase 1 Corporate engagement  
Expertise - Stakeholder management, energy efficiency, corporate sustainability strategies

David Tobin - Project Associate and technical lead, Carbon Trust
Project role - Phase 1 Data analyst 
Expertise - Energy management, technical energy audits, technical and financial analysis

Manu Ravishankar - Project Manager, Carbon Trust
Project role - Phase 1 Corporate engagement
Expertise - Electricity system flexibility analysis, electricity policy and regulation

The advisory group

Advisory group

The advisory group for FlexLondon informs project design, site identification, service provider engagement, data requirements, accelerating projects and flexibility market design.

Phase 1

Mark Thompson, Energy team, Innovate UK

David Shipworth, Professor of Energy and the Built Environment, UCL Energy Institute

Shelagh Whitley, Climate and Energy Lead, Overseas Development Institute

James Byrne, Co-Founder, Sustainable Workspaces, and Better Futures Delivery Partner

Nick Mabey, London Sustainable Development Commission and co-Founder, E3G

Paul Jordan, Head of Business Development, Energy Systems Catapult

Tim Pryce, Energy and Buildings Programme Director, C40

Phase 2

Tereza Borges, co-Founder, N3rgy

Sotiris Georgiopoulos,  Head of Smart Grid Development, UK Power Networks

Ian Walker, Director, Element Energy

David Merefield, Senior Energy and Carbon Manager, Sainsbury’s

Emma Harrison, Head of Systems Integration, Energy Systems Catapult

Tim Stiven, Head of Delivery, Energy Systems Catapult

Tanja Dalle-Muenchmeyer, Programme Manager Electric Freight, Cross River Partnership

Manu Ravishankar, Manager, Policy and Innovation, The Carbon Trust

Andrew Lever, Director, Policy & Innovation, The Carbon Trust

Benjamin Kott, CEO,  Fabriq

Sally Fenton, Project Leader, UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Dr. Jeff Hardy, Senior Research Fellow, Imperial College London

Jonathan Bryers, Partner, 350 Investment Partners

Marie-Christine Napier, IMCG Innovation, and Project Manager for CELSIUS (Horizon 2020)

Partners

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