What the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme means for generators

22/01/2021

What the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme means for generators

The Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme has some important upcoming deadlines, and through applying, you could potentially claim thousands of pounds to help make mandatory Loss of Mains protection changes for your sites.

In this article, we want to make our customers and wider generator community aware of what these changes could mean for you, the available funding options linked to the programme, and how Valda Energy can help you throughout the process.

What is the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme?

The Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme was launched in September 2019 with National Grid ESO, the ENA, distributor network operators and independent distribution network owners.

The programme aims to improve overall network resilience, and support wider initiatives helping meet the UK’s net zero targets.

Through applying to the programme, owners of generation sites could receive funding and support to help make the mandatory Loss of Mains protections changes.

 

What does this mean for generators?

The new settings outline that embedded generation assets that were installed prior to February 2018, that comply with EREC G59, may have a type of loss of mains protection that is more sensitive and may cause them to unnecessarily trip.

The focus of the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme is to upgrade or replace these where possible. Overall, these new requirements will improve long-term energy network stability and prevent any embedded generators being cut off.

All applicable generators will be required to have up-to-date protection settings by 1 September 2022, or they could be subject to an enforcement programme.

Therefore, there is an opportunity now for generators to get a head start with implementing any required upgrades or replacements through applying for funding and support.

 

How can generators apply for funding?

Funding is still available, and National Grid are still keen to receive applications from owners of generation sites, or their agents, via the application portal.

The next window for funding closes on 9 February 2021, so now is a good time for generators to review their Loss of Mains protection settings.

If changes are required, generation sites should apply to the Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme to not only cover the cost of making such changes, but it is also a great way for generators to provide certification of compliance.

Some generators may also be eligible for the fast-track process. The fast-track process offers an additional payment of £5,000 to distributed generation sites that meet specific criteria and can commit to making required Loss of Mains protection changes quickly.

 

How Valda Energy can help

At Valda Energy, we’re here to help all generators across Great Britain and use both our experience and knowledge to provide them with any support they may need with the recent changes.

We work with several intermediaries and have a number of different contacts that we would be happy to refer you to for more information and to carry out the works, such as Earthmill.

Earthmill are one example of a recognised contractor that have already carried out the upgrade for over 300 sites in the UK.

If you have any questions, you can view some general FAQs here.

Or, please feel free to contact a member of our dedicated Renewables Team to discuss this further. You can reach us via email at renewables@valdaenergy.com or by calling 0330 390 4510, 8am-5pm, Monday to Friday, and asking for the Renewables Team. 

Our Valda Energy Renewables Team are experts in renewables and already work with energy entrepreneurs across Great Britain, helping them earn income from the excess electricity they generate through PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements).  We can offer bespoke contracts to suit all types of generators, with competitive prices and outstanding customer service, for more information view our Selling Energy page.