Whole System Approach
SSEN is embedding a Whole System approach across its entire business that embraces opportunities to collaborate with others to enhance consumer benefits and societal outcomes.
An increase in low-carbon distributed generation, Electric Vehicles (EVs), Demand Side Response (DSR) and energy storage are transforming our network and giving customers access to new products and services. Our Whole System approach uses non-network solutions such as flexible generation and demand to make the most of existing network assets, and sees us taking on the role of Neutral Market Facilitator (NMF) to help unlock local solutions, as being trialled by our TRANSITION project. By utilising this Whole System approach, network companies such as SSEN will be key to delivering a new decentralised low-carbon system by producing a more efficient and cost-effective network to meet customers’ needs.
The smart, flexibility transition is not limited to the distribution network; the transmission businesses will also be transforming. To achieve the best outcomes for customers, all sources of flexibility must be used optimally including generators, DSR, storage and interconnectors. A whole system approach will ensure a level playing field between potential providers of flexibility that account for both system needs and network capabilities.
Whole System Coordination Register
As part of our commitment to embedding a Whole System approach, we are sharing our Whole System Registers for each of our licence areas. These registers provided a consolidated list of the activities and projects that we have undertaken over the past year with other network licensees and network users to improve the efficiency of our networks and the wider electricity system. These registers will be maintained and updated every year to confirm how Whole System works are progressing and being embedded across our business.
If you have proposals that you think could deliver benefits in the efficient and economic operation of our networks, we would like to hear from you. You can find the relevant contact details within each of the whole system coordination registers within the overview tab.