THE UK GOVERNMENT has announced the creation of a new body to help small, environmentally friendly power generators link to local distribution networks rather than the main grid.

The Embedded Generation Co-ordinating Group, under the joint chairmanship of the Department of Trade and Industry and Office of Gas and Electricity Markets, will co-ordinate work into how small generators, connected to distribution networks, can contribute to overall power needs; how they are charged for using the network; and how to make local operators’ information about connection more transparent.

The government specifically included small hydro in its examples of generators it hopes will be connected to the system in greater numbers in the future.