UK Power Networks has released new data to give customers who want to connect to the network better understanding of whether and when there will be capacity available.
The data, which will be available on UKPN’s Open Data Portal, concerns capacity at the interface between UKPN’s distribution network and with the national transmission network – so-called ‘grid supply points’ (GSPs).
For the first time connections customers like renewable energy developers will be able to see exactly how much spare capacity is available at GSP and how many projects are ahead of them in the queue all in one place. The data will enable new customers to see how many projects are ahead of them in the queue, what they are and whether there are fast-track flexible connections available. Developers with projects like renewables and batteries can make a more informed decision about when and where to site new projects.
The data is becoming available as industry regulator Ofgem unveiled new rules to kick out ‘zombie projects’ that have stalled or are speculative and are blocking ‘shovel ready’ schemes from being built.
Matt White, head of network strategy at UK Power Networks’ Distribution System operator, said: “Customers have called on us to de-mystify the available capacity at the interface with the transmission network and their place in the queue to access it. This is what we’re delivering, putting new datasets based on customer needs on our Open Data Portal. It will drive more targeted and efficient connections decisions for our customers.”
Peter Clutton-Brock, CEO of energy tech platform Yottar said: “UK Power Networks has made an important first step in opening up information on grid connection queues. Putting more data out in the public domain will help developers and services like Yottar identify and select sites where they can connect sooner and at lower cost.”