13 Sep 18

EDF and UK Power Reserve complete first trade of CMO using Electron

  • EDF Energy and UK Power Reserve successfully executed a two megawatt trade of capacity market obligations using a platform underpinned by blockchain
  • Trade paves way for more efficient trading of capacity obligations to support electricity grid security

EDF Energy and UK Power Reserve, part of the Sembcorp Group, have successfully completed the first transfer of a capacity market obligation (CMO) using a trading platform underpinned by blockchain.

The trading platform, built by Electron, can facilitate multiple types of energy flexibility trades. Products offered by the platform are created to fulfill current and future market requirements, and designed in close consultation with Electron’s consortium, of which EDF Energy, through its accelerator Blue Lab, is a key contributor.

The platform incorporates the CMO trading rules into the relevant product, allowing for automatic compliance checks. This saves time and increases the speed at which trades can get approved. Furthermore, as the platform is underpinned by blockchain, there is a transparent, auditable trail of trades, which is easy to check.

Through demand side response (DSR) schemes, businesses can be paid to turn up, turn down or shift demand in real time. This includes businesses being paid to be available to reduce their consumption in the event that demand on the grid may surpass generation available, also known as a stress event. Such obligations are awarded via a capacity market auction or companies can trade them.

CMO trades can take up to five days to process using the current system, which is a barrier to participation in the government’s incentive scheme, particularly for distributed energy resources like batteries, Electric Vehicles (EVs) and DSR providers. The Electron platform demonstrates that participation in the scheme is possible and could provide support for short-term capacity needs, ensuring long term security of supply.

Chris Regan, Head of Business Development at EDF Energy said, “In order to help reduce electricity demand and ensure security of supply, it is critical that businesses participate in demand side management and capacity market trades are one of the options available to business to make the most from it. This trade shows that the technology works, and it will provide a more efficient solution for our customers, allowing them greater flexibility for managing demand side response and ultimately increasing the value of participating in the schemes with EDF Energy.”

Paul Massara, CEO of Electron said, “This trade shows there is clear market interest in trading capacity market obligations. It demonstrates the market need for a flexibility trading platform, like the one Electron is building, that provides a level playing field and efficient trading environment, as well as being open to innovation”.

“Trading capacity obligations shouldn’t be slow and complicated, because the rules are very clearly defined” added Jon Ferris, Strategy Director at Electron, “However, the current systems inhibit the emergence of a flexible, liquid market. We believe that smart contracts could be used to pre-validate trades, which would enable trading to happen much faster. Today’s trade shows what could be possible.”

Head of UKPR, Sam Wither said, “We are delighted to be a counterparty in this historic trade and are hopeful of a future in which technologies like blockchain can be used to underpin leaner, smarter matching and enhanced liquidity in secondary and other markets. We are encouraged by the success of this trade and encourage the regulator and system operator to sit up and pay attention to the kind of progress which is taking place in our industry. The possibilities for creating a transparent and well-functioning energy system are endless and the benefits to consumers of a more efficient and liquid market all too apparent.”

Matthew Friedman, Chief Digital Officer of Sembcorp Group, added: “This trade is a great example of the value blockchain can bring to the energy and utilities industry. Sembcorp has several blockchain initiatives underway that have the potential to improve efficiency, trust and visibility across our supply chain.”


About Electron:

Electron is a London-based tech company harnessing blockchain to design new platforms and services for a decarbonising, digitising, decentralising and democratising energy sector. Recognising the potential for these new technologies to transform the shared virtual infrastructure of the grid, Electron is taking a top down, collaborative approach to platform development and working with various key stakeholders in the energy industry.

For more information, please visit www.electron.org.uk | @ElectronDLT

About UK Power Reserve:

UK Power Reserve is the leading provider of flexibility to the UK energy system. Our 1013MW portfolio of low carbon, decentralised assets include 120MW of battery storage, one of the biggest in Europe. With rapid response, low cost assets located close to centres of demand, we are improving competition and delivering value to consumers. An innovative, disruptive voice in energy, UK Power Reserve is advancing its ambitious growth plans in the UK and beyond.

UK Power Reserve is part of the Sembcorp group, a leading utilities, marine and urban development group, present across five continents. As an integrated energy player, Sembcorp provides solutions across the energy and utilities value chain, with a focus on the Gas & Power, Renewables & Environment and Merchant & Retail sectors. In addition, Sembcorp is a world leader in offshore and marine engineering, as well as an established brand name in urban development. Sembcorp Industries has total assets of over S$22 billion (£12.3 billion) and over 7,000 employees. Listed on the main board of the Singapore Exchange, it is a component stock of the Straits Times Index, several MSCI and FTSE indices, as well as the SGX Sustainability Leaders Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Asia Pacific Index.

For more information on UK Power Reserve, please visit www.ukpowerreserve.com | @UKPowerReserve
For more information on Sembcorp visit www.sembcorp.com.


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About EDF

EDF is helping Britain achieve Net Zero by leading the transition to a cleaner, low emission electric future and tackling climate change. We're Britain’s biggest generator of zero-carbon electricity(1), meeting around one-fifth of the country’s demand and supplying millions of customers with electricity and gas.

With around 5 million accounts, EDF is one of the largest suppliers to British homes and businesses and a leading supplier of innovative energy solutions that are helping businesses become more energy independent. All of our home customers get energy tariffs backed by zero-carbon electricity as standard.

We generate low carbon electricity from eight nuclear power stations, more than thirty onshore wind farms and two offshore wind farms, and operate one of Britain’s biggest battery storage units, one gas and one coal power station, thousands of EV charge-points, and combined heat and power plants. Wind, nuclear and solar all produce electricity that is zero carbon at the point of generation and have similar emissions over the build, run and retire lifecycles.

EDF is leading the UK's nuclear renaissance with the construction of a new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, and is leading the development of plans for a replica at Sizewell C in Suffolk. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C will provide low carbon electricity to meet 14% of UK demand and power around 12 million homes. 

EDF is one of the UK’s largest investors in renewables, with 1GW of renewable generation in operation and over 4GW in construction, planning and development across a range of technologies including onshore and offshore wind, solar and battery storage. We are constructing our largest offshore wind farm in Britain – the 450 MW Neart na Gaoithe project in Scotland which will be ready in 2023.

Our energy services business, Imtech, is one of the largest technical service providers in the UK and Ireland.

EDF is part of EDF Group, the world’s biggest electricity generator. In the UK we employ around 13,000 people.