Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe kicks off his IPT Fellowship with a visit to the UK Power Reserve (UKPR) headquarters in Solihull, Birmingham on Thursday 7 December. The visit takes place as part of his Fellowship focusing on Energy, Financial Services, Aerospace and Defence sectors.
UK Power Reserve is the leading provider of flexibility to the UK energy market, with over 800MW of small scale, low carbon assets across England and Wales. Nic was given an insight into how the company is driving the change towards the smart, flexible energy system of the future with rapid response gas-fired power plants built close to centres of demand and the development of its 120MW battery storage portfolio, one of the largest in Europe.
During the visit, Nic learned about various aspects of the business including a tour of the innovative Virtual Power Station, which manages and operates all of UKPR’s assets from its Solihull headquarters 24 hours a day. He was given an overview of how the power plants operate and the services they provide, balancing ever-changing shifts in supply and demand and supporting the growth of renewable energy.
Nic also met with members of the team, including Sonia Quiterio, Senior Expansion Manager, Rachel Chambers, Senior Development Coordinator and Michael Jenner, Director of Policy and Regulation. The visit enabled Nic to explore topics such a regulatory uncertainty, business development, planning and management and UKPR’s commitments as a local employer – all aspects that will support his work as the Chair of All-Party Parliamentary Group on Skills and Employment.
Commenting on the visit Nic Dakin MP said:
“It has been such a fascinating and incredibly beneficial day, I enjoyed learning a great deal about UKPR’s distributive nature within the electricity sector. I would like to thank UK Power Reserve and the IPT for organising such an insightful visit. This is my first visit for my IPT Fellowship and I am looking forward to undertaking further interesting visits.”
Tim Emrich, CEO and Co-founder of UKPR, added:
“It was a pleasure to show Nic around our headquarters in Solihull and to highlight our role at the forefront of the low carbon, flexible energy system of the future. The way we create and use energy is changing and it is important to provide Parliamentarians with a real-life example of a successful energy business that is disrupting the traditional utility model. I’d also like to thank the Industry and Parliament Trust for their role in organising this visit and providing parliamentarians a way to better understand businesses across a range of sectors.”