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One of the biggest changes in the energy system is the flexibility revolution. Distributed generation, electric vehicles, demand side response and energy storage are transforming the sector, giving customers access to new products and services from a new range of providers.
At Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) we know we must make swift progress toward a smarter electricity system if we are to meet our customers’ expectations. We must be ready to adapt to this rapidly changing environment, which means focusing on innovation, learning by doing and making smarter investment decisions.
Rather than producing a plan that assumes we know what the future holds, our Supporting a Smarter Electricity System report outlines the principles we will adhere to in our transition from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO), what that means for our wider network and, most importantly, our customers. Our DSO transition principles are built around three priorities: customers, costs and collaboration and are designed to ensure our transition to a neutral market facilitator role takes place efficiently, cooperatively and in the best interests of all market users. We have also published an action plan that outlines the work we intend to do in the short- and medium- term to prepare for, and adapt to, this changing role.
Following the publication of this report we will continue to engage with stakeholders, directly and through the ENA’s Open Networks project, to achieve a phased transition that is customer focused, cost efficient and collaborative with other stakeholders in the industry.
SSEN has announced
an industry-first agreement with Piclo, the independent
marketplace for buying and selling smart grid flexibility services, to unlock
Proactive Flexibility to build a smarter electricity network. Proactive
Flexibility unlocks new opportunities for businesses, households and
communities based in SSEN’s distribution regions, to be paid for the provision
of flexibility services. These services could range from small-scale
renewables, battery storage, electric vehicles, demand side response and even energy
efficiency measures that alleviate network constraint.
Payment for providing
flexibility services will commonly consist of an availability payment and a
utilisation payment, and typically be around £300/MWh. SSEN is seeking to
procure flexibility services ahead of need from existing (or potential)
flexibility providers. Register here and realise the benefits of playing an active part in
the transition to a smarter, more flexible electricity network. For further
information please see here.
We have been working to understand how the demands on our
networks are likely to change over the next decade. This is to help us plan for
how we will support our demand or generation customers through network
investment or flexibility. To support this process, we have commissioned Regen
to complete a set of future electricity scenarios for SSEN’s Southern and
Northern network distribution licence areas. These licence area studies are
informed by National Grid’s Future Energy Scenarios.
At our recent DSO Event:
Our Next Steps.. we shared the responses that were received from our DSO
Consultation, you can view this report here.
You can use our library to find all DSO documents within innovation.
To find out more about our Flexible Solutions
and Flexibility services, visit our Flexible Connections page.