Edmund Frondigoun has had a busy few months ahead of the Capacity Market auction. UK Power Reserve boasts a strong track record – it is the single largest developer of new build distributed projects secured in all auctions to date – and Edmund has been central to preparations this year.
He initially joined the Commercial team on fixed project basis in April 2016, after spending some time in Public Sector Procurement. Like many at UK Power Reserve, he joined the company with no energy background and wishes an acronym dictionary had been available on arrival. Three months in, he started to get involved in the Capacity Market and his role soon developed into a permanent position as Commercial Development Analyst.
The geography graduate first worked on the Capacity Market auction of 2016, when the company secured 120MW of battery storage contracts – one of the largest portfolios in Europe. UK Power Reserve will start building the batteries later this year, with Edmund ensuring we stick to all necessary Capacity Market deadlines.
Edmund takes a keen interest in politics and keeps a close eye on the local government in Staffordshire where he grew up. He brings his passion for politics to the Capacity Market too: submitting rule changes that will improve the workings of the electricity market and responding to consultations by Ofgem and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on proposed rule changes.
The energy market has been a new challenge but one he has taken in his stride. As the energy system changes to a more flexible, decentralised network that favours low-carbon generation, Edmund’s work is a far cry from his Grandfather’s involvement in the coal industry.
“I’ve been hooked by the energy market – I didn’t even know embedded generation was a thing before joining,” Edmund says. “It’s been a fascinating two years.”