Thursday, 03 August 2017

UKPR to commission 360MW of gas power capacity by year-end

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UKPR to commission 360MW of gas power capacity by year-end

UK Power Reserve said it is “on track to deliver its 2014 capacity market obligations” with nine power stations built so far in 2017 and another nine set for completion by the end of the year. Once all 18 are commissioned and fully operational, UKPR will contribute 364MW of fast-ramp, flexible gas generation to the UK power grid.

As one of Britain’s biggest developers of decentralized power and battery energy storage, UKPR brought 182MW of gas power capacity online this year. Three are located in the South West, two in the Midlands and four in the North.

This newly built generation is a critical part of a flexible energy system that requires nimble, small-scale back up power to respond to rapid changes in demand, UKPR said, when announcing it will build an additional 160MW of gas-fired capacity from the 2015 capacity market auction. It is in talks with major suppliers to build the 120MW of battery storage capacity won in 2016.

“My company is one of the few building distributed gas power stations which are driving competition and helping to bring consumer prices down,” Tim Emrich, CEO and founder of UK Power Reserve, commented.

“Combined with our ambitions for battery storage and our plans for the next UK capacity market auction, a gigawatt portfolio is well within sight. UKPR is an essential part of making the UK energy markets cleaner, more resilient and more affordable.”

UKPR’s total portfolio of 823MW is on the distributed power network, strengthening the resilience of the UK power network in times of peak demand, and enabling the growth of renewable with their inherently intermittent power supply.

In London, UKPR now also owns and operates a power station – “the first to be built in the capital for several years,” it said.

The Solihull-based developer of decentralized energy solutions is dedicated in providing strong competition to incumbent power producers in England and Wales, seeking to “deliver real value for consumers.”

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