Britain’s electricity network companies have launched System Wide Resource Registers, giving the entire industry greater information about connected generation over 1MW.
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said that the registers marked a “significant step” to net zero with them making it easier for generating customers and flexibility service providers to connect to their networks. Launched as part of the Open Networks project, the registers contain details for over 5,000 connected assets, including generation projects, storage facilities, and larger demands providing flexibility services of 1MW or greater to the networks. They are a standardised set of data across all network companies to customers, highlighting demand and presenting more opportunities for all stakeholders to innovate with their investments, provide clean energy and avoid building costly reinforcement.
The ENA noted the resource registers will be updated on a monthly basis by each of the network companies, with their scope being further enhanced later this year due to information about the network reinforcements required to connect new resources.
David Smith, Chief Executive of the ENA, said: “Innovation and investment from the electricity network companies have already helped to make the UK a superpower of renewable energy. Harnessing the power of data, improving transparency, and harmonising processes across the country is another step forward to help us deliver the low carbon, smart grid that the public need.”