Flexible Demand to Integrate Intermittent Renewables

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UK & China strategic collaboration project funded by the China Prosperity Fund of the Energy and Low Carbon Economy Programme

Overview

The decarbonisation of the energy sector is at the backbone of international commitments to become carbon-neutral by 2050 or before, in alignment with the Paris Agreement. However, large scale integration of intermittent renewables into the countries’ energy grids pose significant financial and infrastructure challenges for ensuring low-carbon, secure and affordable electricity.

Demand-side Flexibility (DSF) can facilitate and reduce the costs of renewables integration, electrification and network management, and as renewables penetrate more deeply, the market for DSF services will rise. This potential is still untapped, especially among small consumers.

Therefore, this strategic collaboration project aims to learn from international DSF experiences and about consumer preferences (e.g. barriers and appropriate incentives), in order to inform policy design, business models and technology innovation to enable DSF in China.

The project will assist China in meeting international commitments to become carbon neutral by 2060, and provide timely inputs and recommendations to Chinese policy makers for the formulation of the 14th Five Year Plan (FYP), and subsequent industry-specific plans and policies. It also intends to support the implementation of the Clean Energy Partnership and to have spillover impact on future projects under the Belt and Road Initiative.

 

Objectives

The project will Improve China’s readiness for accelerating low carbon transition in 14th FYP by contributing to the following outcomes:

  • Contribution to the introduction of market-led, low carbon energy sector reforms, by lowering the barriers to integrating intermittent renewables and promoting the efficient electrification of final markets.
  • Enabling clean sources of flexibility while reducing the dependency on coal for this purpose.
  • Identification of best practices in China and elsewhere, business models (e.g. aggregation) and technologies (e.g. EV smart chargers) to support DSF.
  • Capacity building among policy makers and key stakeholders through webinars, events, media outlets, social media and academic publications.
  • Support of low carbon technology innovation to enable and optimise aggregated sources of flexible demand and renewable generation.

 

Partners

  • Climate Strategies
  • Oxford Climate Policy
  • Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NDRC)
  • Energy Systems Catapult

 

 

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