Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) wants business customers to register an interest by the end of January in providing flexibility to the energy system over the next eight years. It says owners of low-carbon technologies, generators and solutions that can absorb demand can earn money, support network security and help the transition to net zero in a cost-effective manner.
Utilising flexibility and smart management of the energy system, traditional network reinforcement can be delayed and in certain instances avoided, despite the need to accommodate new generation and new network users.
Throughout January SSEN is calling on generation, storage and demand side response owners and operators in the north of Scotland and central southern England to register their interest in being part of that journey.
SSEN is looking for up to 250MW of flexibility. It takes a technology agnostic approach and is open to all distributed energy resource owners and operators getting in touch with their solutions. By signposting their interest customers will be prequalified to participate in alleviating constraint on the networks through more formal tenders in the future.
Customers should register online by 31 January here.
Stewart Reid, Head of Future Networks said: “By registering their interest generators and owners of low-carbon technologies and solutions will help provide sight of where flexibility exists and support informed decision making that supports a cost-effective transition to a smarter electricity system. This is an exciting opportunity for owners of generation assets to play a proactive role in that journey.”
Through utilising a single flexibility contract at the start of 2020, SSEN avoided the equivalent of 2,450 tonnes of CO2 emissions, and saved £230,000 in the process.