Over the past few months a growing group of parties interesed in DR have started to communicate. We had a teleconference a while back and a meeting is proposed in Tallagh at 11:00am on 28th August, 2008. The text of an email circulated to confirm the time and venue is below. As I havn’t permission to publish names the persons names in the text below are covered in Xs. If anyone else wants to attend they will be more than welcome to do so.
Everyone that replied is available to meet on 28th August 2008 in Dublin. 11:00am has been suggested to allow those travelling from Belfast and Cork to arrive. The response and enthusiasm has been exceptional with many people coming from Belfast, one from England, and of course XXX XXXXX and I will be representing Cork. It seems like there are quite a few closet DR fans.
XXXX XXXXX has kindly booked a room for us at the Synergy Centre in Tallagh. This is on the campus of the Institute of Technology, Tallagh (ITT). A map is available on the following web page.
I am still working at engaging the parties to the Smart Metering project. It would be great if we could get a representative to attend. I will follow up with XXXX XXXXX of CER and XXXXX XXXXXXX of SEI prior to the meeting to see if they want to be represented. If anyone can suggest a Smart Metering contact at ESBN I would appreciate same. I see DR and Smart metering as mutually enabling technologies.
Although not for this upcoming meeting we need to engage the Suppliers also. If anyone has a good contact list (XXX XXXXX??) of suppliers they might circulate an email letting them know that the group exists and asking for their involvement. Suppliers may be interested in DSU projects or might be interested in real time pass through tariffs (ie like PPPT) that reduce their need for hedging. The suppliers buy energy on an SMP that varies by 300% on a typical day and it is often much more yet almost every consumer sees electricity as having a constant price.
Private investment of around €5 Billion is expected in Wind Energy through Gate 3. Curtailment policies, if implemented will cripple this investment opportunity. A key objectives of DR is to facilitate deeper renewables penetration. XXX XXXX has asked IWEA for an opportunity to allow a presentation from our Group to speak at their next conference in The Europa Hotel, Belfast on Friday 3rd October. Andy Frew suggested that we pre arrange future DR Group meetings, one in advance. I would therefore like to suggest the possibility of having the second next meeting of the DR Group on the morning of 4th October in Belfast. Perhaps we could discuss this at the meeting 28th. Will the Suppliers have representatives at the IWEA conference?
We need to bring CHP investors into the discussions on DR also. Demand for hot water and peak loads coinside. CHP generators should use the same technology as DR and react in real time to real time pricing. CHP vendors are telling me they are ham strung by not being able to export surplus energy (at peak times).
Peak Oil has probably occurred and peak gas cannot be that far away. Therefore we must move from a pure flexible supply / inflexible demand model to a more inflexible supply / flexible demand model for electricity supply. The importance of DR and Smart Metering will become vital in this paradigm shift. We will have to add a layer of realtime supply and demand based on realtime pricing signals on top of the existing D-1 planning processes outlined in the current Trading and Settlement Code. (An english translation of the Latin text is due for release soon. It took 1600 years to translate the Bible so thats not bad
As a final point, I am hugely interested in the concept of TREC (www.desertec.org). Brown, Merkel and Sarkozy are now pushing this plan as was in the news recently. If Europe is linked via the UK into a high voltage DC network then we could in theory become a net exporter of energy especially as night when the solar plants on the south of Europe are off and our loads are at their lowest. I have personally offered my services to TREC to promote their plan in the Irish context if they wish me to do so. As well as securing our energy future this plan has the opportunity of delivering peace in the Middle East and offering income to northern Africa. This plan is proposing 20GW by 2020 and 400GW by 2050. Brown recently said the ‘North Sea could be the new Gulf in terms of its potential to generate wind energy’. This island wants a slice of that action too. Did you know that Middle East sovereign wealth funds are lined up to invest in projects like TREC. Credit crunch me @r53!
The difficulties are not technical they are educational. I would like to see the DR Group contract with a media presenter such as David McWilliams or Duncan Stewart to develop a TV documentary on the global energy changes occurring and what our strategy as an island is, and should be, to meet those challenges. My biggest fear is that the Irish energy debate shrinks down to one of whether we should have a Nuclear Power plant or not. That question is irrelevant. We don’t have a competitive advantage in nuclear technology or production. We have the best wind sites in the world. We should lead the world in renewables. And we should lead the world in the export of Smart Grid and DR technology. I told Enterprise Ireland this, so I did. Didn’t I, XXXXXXX.
I am on holiday this coming week. No international flights, you will be glad to hear. Just a tour of the Antrim coast in a fuel efficient Prius. I will respond to any emails after the 27th July.
See you all soon!