Energy Storage in the U.K.‘s Capacity Market: Energy Storage Booms, But Will the Opportunity Last?

by Daniel Finn-Foley

A total of 500 megawatts of energy storage cleared the 2016 T-4 U.K. capacity auction. Just a few months later, only 10 MW of energy storage systems cleared the T-1 capacity auction for delivery the next winter. This research note examines the capacity auction results within the broader regulatory framework in the U.K. to determine whether these results are signposts for a broader trend. It also models participation in the capacity market to determine just what economic factors drove this surge of planned projects.


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Daniel Finn-Foley Senior Analyst, Energy Storage

Dan is a Senior Analyst with the Energy Storage team at GTM Research, where he focuses on utility-scale storage application. He previously worked as a Senior Consultant with DNV GL where he focused on competitive energy markets and the intersection of emerging energy business strategies within the broader evolving technological and regulatory environment. Prior to DNV GL, Dan worked with Navigant Consulting and the Department of Energy. He has over 8 years of experience in the energy space as a researcher, consultant and analyst. Dan holds a Master’s of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Wind Energy Center and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics-Physics from Brown University.

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