Western Power Distribution adopts smart grid software

The utility giant has signed a new enterprise licence with Smarter Grid Solutions

A smart grid technology firm has agreed a new enterprise licence with utility giant Western Power Distribution (WPD).

This will enable WPD to deploy Smarter Grid Solutions’ ANM Strata software across its entire network area in South Wales, the South West and the East and West Midlands.

The firms say the software enables an “unparalleled level of grid or market optimisation” by managing network hosting capacity, implementing flexibility services and deploying microgrids.

Smarter Grid Solutions says it will also enable the quicker connection of renewable energy assets in each of WPD’s network regions.

Brent Marshall, Chief Operating Officer of Smarter Grid Solutions, said: “This new agreement marks a major change in how utilities are deploying our software as they roll-out our products to meet their customers’ demands.

“The licence provides WPD with a platform to also meet emerging and future system needs, including management of battery storage and electric vehicle charging.”

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