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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.
On the 15th November 2018, SSEN hosted a stakeholder event at Forbury. At the event we presented the preliminary findings from our local energy scenario analysis which was being undertaken by Regen, a not-for-profit centre of energy expertise and market insight. For more info please view the report here. You can also view the slides from our recent webinar on the 15th of February here
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.