UK National MASSIG Project Seminar
on the 30th
The first MASSIG workshop in the
UK was organised in cooperation of The University of Manchester and The Joule
Centre for Energy Research & Development and took place on April 30th, 2010,
inside the Manchester Museum. Main objective of the workshop was to present and
discuss the outcomes and findings of the MASSIG project.
The discussions focused on the
challenges and opportunities for small scale generators in the UK, in particular
the necessary changes in grid infrastructure to incorporate DG. The UK grid
infrastructure is based on a centralised network, and significant upgrades are
required to accommodate increasing distributed generation. The technical and
cost implications of increased small scale generation on the electricity network
were discussed, with comparisons drawn from different EU countries.
The seminar was attended by university contacts engaged in energy related research, renewable energy businesses, and public bodies responsible for promoting sustainability and stimulating economic development. The programme and discussions provided a stimulus for further action on this topic in the UK, and informed attendees about the progress of the MASSIG project.
The situation in the UK is of special interest as the framework conditions are facing rapid changes such as introduction of a feed-in tariff for small scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation, and the Distribution Price Control Review 5, creating new incentives for connecting small scale renewables to the electricity distribution network. Both regulations entered into force on April 1st, 2010, falling into the final stage of the MASSIG project.