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FMs Have Four Weeks to Apply for Electricity Generation Funding

FMs Have Four Weeks to Apply for Electricity Generation Funding
13 April 2022
 

Facilities management companies that own or operate commercial electricity generation have just four weeks left to apply for funding that will help them update their electricity generation, in line with mandatory regulations.

This includes electricity generation like solar, wind, gas and combined heat and power (CHP).

The funding is part of the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme (ALoMCP), a scheme operated by National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and the GB Distribution Network Operators.

Electricity generator owners who are unsure about what to do can visit www.futureproofyourpower.co.uk to find out more about the changes and use the self-serve tool to find out their next steps.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 10 May 2022.

 

What is the ALoMCP Funding?

 

The funding can help generation owners become compliant with new mandatory Distribution Code regulations – the regulations that generator owners must abide by to connect to the electricity network. Once the funding ends, generator owners will still need to meet the compliance requirements but will have to pay for the updates themselves.

The new regulations come into effect on 1 September 2022, by which point, all electricity generation within the scope of the programme must be compliant, or face Ofgem approved enforcement action. A 2018 survey by The Economist found that one in three UK businesses are now generating their own electricity.

In many cases, it will be the role of facilities managers, or facilities management organisations to ensure the generation within scope of the programme is compliant, which includes generation that:

 

  1. Was installed before February 2018 (or in some cases, July 2018).
  2. Is between 11kW and 50MW in capacity.
  3. Is connected via the G59 engineering requirement of the Distribution Code.

 

The equipment updates concern the inverters, converters or G59 relays that are responsible for the Loss of Mains protection settings on the generator. They are an instrumental part of all generation equipment and help protect both the generator and the network from potential faults. In updating the protection settings, the generation becomes more reliable and therefore embeds the electricity network with more strength and resilience.

 

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Cheng Chen, the Senior Manager for the ALoMCP at National Grid ESO, says: “Compliance with Loss of Mains requirements is not optional and so electricity generator owners should take advantage of the funding that is available now to help them make the upgrades.”

Non-compliant generation poses a risk to the electricity network and those not compliant from 1 September 2022 could be subject to an enforcement process that could result in the de-energisation of the whole site.

As a result of widespread Loss of Mains compliance, Great Britain’s electricity network will be better able to bring more renewable electricity generators online, as a more resilient network can support additional low carbon generation.

Cheng added: “This is a relatively small change for most generator owners to make, but if we can achieve widespread compliance the combined impact will have a huge benefit to our electricity network. By becoming compliant, generator owners will be future-proofing their power and helping to deliver a strong, resilient, and low carbon electricity network to protect our power for future generations.”

Picture: a photograph of some solar panels. Image Credit: Pixabay

Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 13 April 2022

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