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Aurora Battery Storage and Flexibility Conference 2018

Battery storage and other flexible technologies continue to be a focal point for investment in the UK power system as it transitions towards a low carbon future. At the same time, markets for flexible assets have become more complex and challenging, and businesses are evolving their business models to continue to realise value.

Aurora’s flagship Battery Storage and Flexibility Conference brought together original analysis and insights from the Aurora team on the outlook for flexible technologies, and discussion with leading industry figures, in a focused half-day session in central London.

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New analysis on the Dutch power market and policy frameworks from Aurora Energy Research, highlights enormous opportunities for accelerated generation of low carbon technologies in the Netherlands, as well as impacts on Dutch consumers through proposed policy changes in the energy market. The research also reveals significant impacts on related economies and power systems in North West Europe, in particular Germany, raising new issues for policy makers.

Aurora’s research finds that rising commodity and EUA prices, increasing power demand from the electrification of the transport and heating sectors as well as phase-out of baseload capacities across Northwest Europe drives up power prices. Dutch Government intervention, including renewables auctions with 1 GW offshore wind per year and a mandated coal phase-out by 2030, will drastically transform the current power generation fleet. Subsidy free photovoltaic and wind installations could add even more from mid-2020’s. Renewable capacities would almost triple, while thermal capacities would halve by 2040. It is still unclear whether the price increase will be passed down to household bills or taken over by the state via tax reduction.

A mandated coal phase-out achieves substantial emission reductions with limited spill-over, meaning additional CO2 emission of power plants in neighbouring markets. Aurora’s research indicates that uncertainties persist relating to policy developments in neighbouring countries. Outstanding decisions regarding a coal exit timeline in Germany will have a significant impact on the efficiency of Dutch measurements towards a carbon free economy.

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