UK Power Reserve (UKPR), a Sembcorp Group company, has recently welcomed four MPs to power generation sites within their respective constituencies, all within a four-week period.
The MPs were invited to visit their local UKPR site to gain a greater understanding of the importance of distributed generation in the energy mix. Between 11th January and 8th February 2019, all four MPs were taken through the process on site and shown where the gas comes in, how the engines work, and how UKPR exports to the grid. All saw just how quickly units can be brought into action to help balance the grid.
On 11th January Conor McGinn MP for St Helens North came to see first-hand how UKPR is contributing to the prosperity of his constituency at the Lodge Lane site. Mr McGinn is particularly keen to have UKPR engage with the local community, so the company were pleased to discuss their apprenticeship training scheme and increasing efforts in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Stephen Kinnock MP for Aberavon visited the newly constructed Afan Way site in Port Talbot, Wales, on 18th January. He was very engaged and interested to learn more about the site and how UKPR helps balance the grid. Key issues discussed during the visit included Brexit, the future of UK interconnectors, and the Capacity Market suspension.
On 25th January, Jessica Morden MP for Newport East visited the UKPR site on Traston Road. A tour of the site was provided by the area supervisors, with Ms Morden particularly keen on the interaction that flexible generation has with renewable energy, as well as its role in ensuring grid stability. Key regulatory issues were also discussed, including Ofgem’s proposed changes to network charges.
UKPR’s Lyon Road site was visited on 8th February by Iain Stewart MP for Milton Keynes South. Mr Stewart was given a tour of the site, during which he talked with the company about the changing nature of demand and how the sites operate.
UKPR will continue to engage with MPs from all parties, to aid their greater understanding of how flexible assets support the overall energy industry and how decisions taken in other areas can affect this sector.
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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, operating across multiple markets worldwide. 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.