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Flexible Energy: How Can We Ensure a Smooth Transition to a New Energy System?

Flexible Energy: How Can We Ensure a Smooth Transition to a New Energy System?

What is flexible energy?

Why is flexible energy needed?

1

Ensuring the safe and controlled deployment of energy saving, energy generating and energy storing products.

Without a framework and a monitoring procedure, consumers aren’t protected against faulty products, incorrect installations or missold savings from energy bills etc. There is not a robust system in place to monitor installers, assess installations, recall faulty products, or to decommission/recycle products that have reached their end of their life cycle.

To address these issues, Flexi-Orb oversees the process from start to finish:

  • Products are certified to UK standards to ensure they are safe and reliable
  • Installers are members of a Certification Body and follow a Chartered Trading Standards Institute Approved Consumer Code
  • Consumers receive financial protection, access to alternative dispute resolution and are not missold
  • Central registration system: deployment, notification, product recall, decommissioning and recycling of products

2

Delivering oversight data (through its IT platforms and registers) and regulatory support to ensure consumers are protected

A – Certified products and registered installers
Flexi-Orb’s Flexible Energy Register has been designed to provide oversight of energy products, such as Energy Storage, Solar PV, Electric Vehicles (Batteries & Vehicle 2 Grid) and EV Charging Points, which are certified and registered. Only products with relevant certification can be registered on the system by installers registered with Flexi-Orb. This is to ensure consumers are protected against unsafe installations and their installers are qualified to install.

B – Single Data Entry Solution for multiple key stakeholders
Flexi-Orb’s Flexible Energy Register provides a central point for installers and manufacturers to register energy products, reducing admin and time. Registrations will allow you to locate the products and register co-locations with any other energy products (solar panels and battery storage for example).

Flexi-Orb’s Flexible Energy Register also allows key stakeholders such as government, Distribution Network Operators (DNO) and Certification Bodies to be notified so it helps them manage future energy policy and network.

C – Finance lenders and insurance providers
Flexi-Orb requires all installers are registered with an approved insurance provider to ensure Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBG) are in place for consumers. An IBG will offer protection in case an installer ceases to trade and is unable to honour their written workmanship guarantee. Flexi-Orb also gives consumers free access to alternative dispute resolution through Consumer Codes.

3

Enabling true interoperability, working towards achieving a decentralised, flexible, zero carbon, low-cost energy network.

The Flexible Energy Register also provides a platform to help coordinate the recall, rectification or decommissioning of old systems when required and to communicate with stakeholders, such as DNOs, manufacturers and certification bodies. It also helps the fire department to locate products within homes in case of fire.

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