Balancing the Grid

Renewable Energy and Regulation

The increase in renewable energy generation presents challenges to the grid companies. It is more difficult to maintain a reliable and stable national electricity grid from intermittent supplies like wind and solar. In response, the grid companies have together agreed technical standards (EREC G99) that apply to the connection of any new generating equipment at the Park, Findhorn. Because they have the ability to supply power, battery systems are regarded as generating equipment for the purposes of EREC G99.

Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) own and operate the national grid in this part of Scotland. FWP has a formal agreement with them governing the type and amount of generating equipment that ‘we’ can connect to the grid. Although this agreement is with FWP, it applies to all generating equipment connected to the grid via FWP’s connection, that is the entire Park Ecovillage.