The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) although happy with the results of the recent capacity market auction, which increases the role of businesses in providing energy security, has called for more action to be taken to improve their participation.

The Capacity Market is intended to secure power supplies by paying more for reliable sources of capacity. The full cost will be recovered by UK electricity consumers which includes businesses. ADE figures show that householders, local businesses and industrial manufacturers will benefit from £90m from the Capacity Market in 2020.

However, the ADE pointed out that a significant demand-side response remains untapped since only 16% of existing combined power and heat capacity participated in the auction.

Commenting on Friday 9 December ADE director Tim Rotheray said: “Government should allow all participants to access the same lengths of contract and should simplify the rules to better allow industrial manufacturers and other business to more easily participate.”

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