SSEN invites stakeholders interested in providing flexibility to join webinar

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is calling for those interested in taking an active role in the energy system to attend a webinar at 10am on 15 May, to discuss how they could provide flexibility to the energy system, while earning money and supporting low-carbon technologies.

SSEN is the distribution network operator for the south of England and is inviting all interested parties to sign up to the webinar here.

The webinar will include presentations from a number of energy experts, setting out the flexibility services that SSEN is sourcing and will discuss the procurement process.

SSEN has identified four areas, known as Constraint Managed Zones (CMZs), which will benefit from flexibility services to manage electricity demand during maintenance work or fault conditions. The locations are 

  • Havant
  • Chickerell
  • Thatcham
  • Rownhams

Stakeholders who may be able to provide flexibility services include renewable energy generators and battery storage, including hydro, solar and wind. Suppliers can opt in to being paid to provide power to support SSEN's network when requested, which reduces reliance on fossil fuel-based energy generation. Service providers can also opt in to be paid to turn down their electricity demand to support SSEN's network operations.

The launch of the four new CMZs follows the successful implementation on Islay earlier this year, where the carbon equivalent of powering half a million homes for a week was avoided.

Alex Howison, Flexible Solutions Manager for SSEN said:

“The transition to a smarter electricity system is creating new opportunities for our customers to play a more active role in the energy system. By offering to provide flexibility households, businesses and communities can receive payment, support system security and the transition to a net zero energy system.

“The webinar will be an excellent opportunity to understand how you can get involved in the transition to a smarter electricity system.”

The four CMZs will be live on Piclo Flex in the coming weeks, which is the independent marketplace for buying and selling smart grid flexibility services.

The webinar will take place on Friday 15th May 10am – 11am. To find out more and register for the webinar, click here.

To visit Piclo Flex, click here.