Brian Wilson, the UK Minister for Energy and Callum McCarthy, ChiefExecutive of Ofgem, today announced the creation of a new body focused on small, green and environmentally friendly power generation.
The Government and Ofgem are said to be committed to following up a number of far reaching recommendations suggested to help small generators link to local distribution networks rather than the main transmission network.
This work will be co-ordinated by a new Embedded Generation Co-ordinating Group, under the joint chairmanship of the DTI and Ofgem.
The proposed measures address how small generators, connected to electricity distribution networks can contribute to overall power needs and how they’re charged for using the network; and how to make information about connection given by key local operators more transparent.
Examples of small, green or environmentally friendly generators which are expected to be connected to the distribution systems in greater numbers in future include wind generators, small hydro schemes, CHP schemes (including emerging technologies such as micro and domestic CHP) and photovoltaics.
‘Small environmentally friendly generators have a crucial role in theUK’s green revolution,’ said Mr Wilson. ‘Failure to address the barriers to small generation could compromise the Government’s renewable and CHP targets for 2010.’