New £8m project to enable cheaper network access for local energy

A project aimed at facilitating quicker and cheaper network access for local energy projects in Dumfries and Galloway has been granted £8 million by Ofgem. It is part of the […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A project aimed at facilitating quicker and cheaper network access for local energy projects in Dumfries and Galloway has been granted £8 million by Ofgem.

It is part of the regulator’s Innovation Roll-out Mechanism, which funds innovative technologies that provide long term value to consumers.

SP Energy Networks, which will use the funding for its Integrated Network Constraint Management scheme, says the power network in Dumfries and Galloway has amongst the highest proportion of renewable generation connected in the UK relative to local power demand.

That can make it difficult to export green energy back to the grid and connect new projects.

Its project will involve replacing the existing load management with an active network management system, which will monitor and manage local generation in real time to maximise the distribution of power in the network.

Jim McOmish, Head of Distribution Network at SP Energy Networks, said: “We recognised that with high volumes of local energy projects in Dumfries and Galloway and the potential for more to come, there was an opportunity to do something different that will deliver both local and wider benefits to our customers.

“This scheme will be ground-breaking in the UK due to its scale, complexity and the level of interaction with our customers across both our distribution and transmission networks.”