SSEN secures £343,000 for RESOP Project to model solutions for whole energy system

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has secured funding of £343,000 from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance (NIA), to deliver a project that will support knowledge sharing between network operators and stakeholders in the energy system, liaising with the Scottish Government to help deliver Scotland’s ambitious decarbonisation targets.

The RESOP (Regional Energy System Optimisation Planning) project will model the impact of local strategies on the energy system to ensure communities’ ambitions can be accommodated and economic growth delivered in a sustainable manner. SSEN will work with local authorities and other stakeholders to identify the impact of their plans on the energy networks and the role of low carbon technologies in managing this impact. The aim is to support delivery of local objectives and to identify the need for network investment.

SSEN supports local communities having a greater say in the development of the energy system that serves them and believes this will be critical in the transition to net zero. RESOP will support this by providing the tools to understand the multiple different local factors that will influence the transition. This is ‘democratisation’ and is one of the four major trends that SSEN believes will shape the energy system over the next decade, alongside decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitalisation.

Delivering the UK and Scottish Governments’ ambitious decarbonisation targets will require substantial electrification of the UK’s transport and heat sectors. SSEN is putting the building blocks in place to support coordination at a local level, to manage this transition in an efficient manner.

RESOP will begin in January 2020 and run for 18 months. The model that is developed over the course of the project will seek to optimise outputs for local stakeholders, who will be trained in use of the model to help inform their decision making.

Stewart Reid, Head of Future Networks for SSEN said: “RESOP will be a key tool in helping SSEN to work with local and regional governments and the Scottish Government to understand the impact of major trends that will shape the energy system over the course of the 2020s and beyond. This learning will be fundamental in providing a resilient network as we transition to a net zero economy.”

RESOP is one of several SSEN projects that are part of the £7.5 million Strategic Partnership, established between SSEN, the Scottish Government, Transport Scotland and SP Energy Networks, that will deliver and improve coordination between electric vehicle charging infrastructure and electricity networks in Scotland. SSEN’s other projects are examining the impact on the electricity network of increasing numbers of tourists driving EVs and identifying and mapping the infrastructure needs for new charging points along the first-of-its-kind Electric A9. 

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We're responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying over 3.8 million homes and businesses across central southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. We own one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the UK. Our first priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity to the communities we serve in Scotland and England.

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