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Flexibility platform provider Piclo has completed a clean sweep of Great Britain’s networks by signing up Western Power Distribution (WPD) to its Piclo Flex marketplace.
Having signed up all five other distribution network operators (DNO) in Great Britain previously, WPD was the only DNO not to be participating in the marketplace.
Piclo Flex operates by allowing DNOs to signal where and when they require flexibility services. Online auctions then take place wherein asset owners, managers, aggregators and other providers of such flexibility can bid for that contracted capacity.
In signing up to Piclo Flex, WPD will support its own Flexible Power programme which has been established to procure flexibility throughout its licence areas.
WPD will too seek to improve its visibility of unmet flexibility needs by sharing data on Piclo Flex.
Ben Godfrey, network strategy team manager at WPD, said: “Allowing our flexibility needs to be displayed on Piclo Flex should drive more participation and build upon the visibility already available on our website’s Network Flexibility Map.”
Last month, Current± caught up with Piclo co-founder James Johnston who revealed that interest in the platform had surged in recent weeks, with more than 50 different flexibility providers having signed up to bid for contracts.
Responding to the news of WPD joining the network, Johnston said: “We view their decision to trial our platform as being very significant in a number of ways. For the first time flexibility providers will be able to access all DNO flexibility opportunities in GB through a single platform, via the same format and using common processes. We also welcome Western Power Distribution’s knowledge and expertise.”
The UK’s market-leading car-sharing providers, Liftshare, have partnered with behaviour change specialists, BetterPoints, to offer genuine rewards for sharing your journey. In a first-of-its-kind collaboration, drivers and passengers will be able to earn points to put towards gift cards for dozens of high-street and online retailers.
The Liftshare app facilities active and shared travel and the BetterPoints app encourages and rewards it. By using the two systems together, businesses and local authorities have the means to both motivate and incentivise healthier and more sustainable transport choices.
The partnership is even more relevant at this time when companies are trying to encourage staff to walk and cycle to work in an effort to avoid public transport as these modes can be incentivised using the BetterPoints app. The focus can start to include car-sharing as social distancing rules are eased.
Liftshare is the UK’s biggest car-sharing network with over a million signups. Their white-labelled B2B car-sharing schemes are used by over 700 of the UK’s biggest companies. Their products and services help to take cars off the road, reduce toxic emissions and save their members money.
BetterPoints is a behaviour change technology company that tracks movement and travel methods and rewards users for forming healthier and more sustainable habits. The platform generates huge amounts of rich data and has been used across Europe to analyse travel patterns and behaviours.
Before now, the incentivisation or rewarding of car-sharing has been a manual process. Many organisations offer priority parking, entry into prize draws or money to use in canteens. With integration, they now have access to an automated, seamless mechanism for users to collect and redeem points when they travel.
BetterPoints has a wide range of high-street vouchers gift cards for shops like John Lewis, Tesco, Starbucks and Amazon, but also makes it easy for local businesses to benefit. And for those motivated by philanthropy, points can also be donated to scores of charities and community groups.
By working together, the companies hope to help companies and local authorities drive behaviour change amongst their staff and residents to more sustainable, climate-friendly modes of transport such as walking, cycling and car-sharing.
Liftshare CEO and Founder, Ali Clabburn, said:
“We’ve always wanted to be able to reward our members for sharing. They’re doing a brilliant thing that has so many benefits, so being able to earn rewards while they’re doing it is a double whammy!
With this new integration we’re incentivising the behaviour that will help reduce emissions and save the planet, all while earning money. What’s not to love?”
Better Points CEO, Richard Kirk, said:
“Our collaboration with Liftshare gives businesses and councils in the UK a solution to create sustainable travel behaviours. This is a great opportunity to emerge from lockdown with a renewed awareness of our impact on the world and turn the healthier, greener behaviours we have adopted into permanent habits. By integrating the two platforms we can really grasp this chance to encourage large-scale changes of attitude to transport and mobility.”
Zeigo's award-winning renewable energy procurement online platform has completed its first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) working on behalf of UK investment fund Downing LLP for two of Downing's solar farms in Devon with a major UK energy supplier.
The Zeigo online platform uses the very latest technology in order to simplify the renewable energy procurement process. This enabled Downing to complete the PPA at a favourable time and price.
The platform has been designed to cut through the complexities of clean power procurement, tackling some of the most significant barriers that block market access such as lack of price transparency, limited market visibility and the complex legal process. It uses smart technology to help companies find the best zero-carbon match for their energy consumption profile. Services include aggregation, access to comprehensive data reports, a tendering tool, a marketplace powered by Machine learning technology, and the ability to manage energy portfolios across the world, helping accelerate each organization's ability to meet carbon mitigation and clean energy targets.
"Zeigo is delighted to support Downing in the execution of their two PPAs" said JP Cerda, CEO of Zeigo. "By using our platform, we were able to create a very dynamic and simplified process between Downing and the energy supplier, providing easy price access and good timing to market."
Lucy Underwood from Downing's in-house asset management team, added that engaging Zeigo facilitated the comparison of a larger range of suppliers, ultimately allowing the company to secure the best terms in the market and that with the assistance of Zeigo, the PPA transaction was made seamless where a quick and efficient service was provided.