Enabling the low carbon transition with flexible infrastructure
Statera Energy was founded in 2015 with the aim of delivering increased flexibility for the UK electricity system to assist in the transition to a low carbon economy in the belief that renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, will become the dominant form of generation of the future.
We are a fully integrated developer, owner and operator of flexible infrastructure which includes both energy storage and high efficiency gas reciprocating engines.
All projects are developed in-house, managed through their construction and on to operation, where they are overseen by a dedicated asset management team which includes its own industry leading technical expertise.
Statera now has a growing portfolio of assets under management which are capable of providing multiple services to National Grid, Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), as well as those operating in the wholesale energy markets.
As we continue the transition towards a low carbon economy, renewable energy is ever more prominent as the lowest cost form of electricity generation for consumers. At the same time renewable energy is helping to ensure security of electricity supply for the United Kingdom while providing a cleaner, greener outlook for future generations.
With a higher proportion of our energy sourced from renewables, it is becoming increasingly challenging to balance the UK electricity system because of the intermittency of wind and solar output. For example, in summer months on bright, windy days it is not uncommon for too much electricity to be generated, whereas on cloudy wind-less days in winter months there may be a shortfall. In each case, National Grid, acting as the System Operator, will need to take balancing actions to ensure that supply meets demand.
Supporting this constant balancing is why we at Statera are building a portfolio of battery storage and flexible generation assets. The projects we develop and operate are designed to cost effectively balance the renewable energy generation on the network on a second-by-second basis and for sustained periods. The combination of fast responding electricity storage and generation will help manage the system and provide power at times of peak demand to help provide stability, resilience and energy security to the UK’s electricity system.
Statera’s flexible assets open the door for more solar and wind power to be added to the grid while maintaining grid stability, enabling our green low carbon future.
Statera Energy is committed to ensuring that the sites we develop and operate have no significant adverse effects on the environment and people around them. The five main considerations in relation to any development are as follows:
- Noise – All noise sources will be taken into account during the development stage. We make every effort to minimise the impact of noise on local residents and businesses. Sites will be designed to comply with the relevant environmental regulations and standards by including noise insulation in the form of structures, enclosures and where applicable earth mounding. The planning applications include a technical report on how plants will achieve compliance with these standards.
- Air Quality – Any site that produces emissions will be controlled to a level that satisfies the Environment Agency’s permitting regime, which in the case of larger peaking plants will be a Part A Permit to operate, as well as compliance with current and future European emissions standards. This benchmark is a significantly more stringent standard to reach than other smaller scale peaking plants are required to achieve.
- Visual Impact – Visual impact is location specific, but we always employ a specialist consultant to assess the potential landscape and visual effects of each site. In the event there is likely to be any material impact, mitigation will typically be proposed in the forms of both earth modelling and tree planting.
- Wildlife – Our sites do not require large areas of land and are typically located on sites of low ecological value, typically farmland. We always employ an ecologist to survey the wildlife potential of each site and then prepare a strategy to ensure that no animals or plants are harmed, or habitat lost.
- Access – The access arrangements for both the site construction and ongoing operation will be fully considered for each site. All our sites are unmanned and use no fuel that requires road transport therefore, once operational, there will be limited traffic movements. Measures are implemented to ensure minimal disruption to the surrounding communities throughout the project lifecycle.
In addition to the above, compliance with Regulations relating to carbon, emissions and climate change is paramount to Statera Energy. In that regard, all our applicable sites will be fully complaint with all relevant EU and UK climate change obligations, including Carbon Price Support, the Climate Change Levy and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
Prior to founding Statera Energy at the end of 2015, Tom was a Partner at Hazel Capital LLP where he worked for 10 years. At Hazel, Tom was primarily responsible for the development and construction of c.300MW of renewable energy assets in the UK. Prior to this he was an analyst at a number of public equity funds. Tom holds a 1st Class Master’s degree in Civil Engineering with Construction Management from the University of Edinburgh.
Andrew is a Chartered Surveyor and was a board Director at RPS Group PLC between 1991 and 2009. Following this Andrew co-developed over 200MW of solar schemes between 2010 and 2016. He is also a Development Director at Estover Energy, having financed and built 3 biomass plants in the UK totalling c.70MW in capacity.