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SSEN strongly supports the net zero emissions targets put in place by
the UK and Scottish Governments and will play an active role in delivering on
An increase in low-carbon distributed generation, electric vehicles,
demand side response and energy storage are transforming our network, giving
customers access to new products and services from a new range of providers. To
accommodate the changes that will enable net zero,
SSEN is transitioning from a Distributed Network Operator (DNO), to become a
Distribution System Operator (DSO).
In 2017 SSEN
published Supporting a Smarter Electricity System report outlining
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.
2018, SSEN issued a consultation to receive feedback on key aspects of this
report from stakeholders. The responses were later published in Supporting
a smarter electricity system: Your response and discussed at events held
in our north and south regions over that summer.
SSEN and the wider
industry have made significant progress since the publication of Supporting a Smarter Electricity System and
in November 2019 we published Delivering DSO: A
Progress Update detailing how SSEN has put its DSO priorities into
It also includes the key
projects launched, the partnerships created, and the lessons learnt in support
of the transition to a smarter, flexible network. We are seeking all
stakeholder views on the next steps we should take, to ensure
our transition to a neutral market facilitator role takes place efficiently,
cooperatively and in the best interests of all market users. If you would like to respond to the questions listed
at the back of the document please either respond online here, or via email or to raise any issues
you have please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
SSEN has developed a tool with
Frontier Economics which compares the cost of flexibility services with network
reinforcement. By publishing the tool, SSEN is helping
households, businesses and communities that may be considering participation in
flexibility markets, to understand how options for accommodating demand growth
on the network are assessed. To read the report, click 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.
Download the 2019 'Delivering DSO' A Progress Update
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.
Access information on the rating and capacity of our network assets.
For information detailing the generation assets of ≥1MW that are connected to our distribution network please visit our resource register.