SSEN secures funding for project to model solutions for whole energy system

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has secured £343,000 from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) for a project that will support knowledge sharing between network operators and stakeholders in the energy system.

The funding, announced on 20 January, is for the Regional Energy System Optimisation Planning (RESOP) project. The RESOP project will model the impact of local strategies on the energy system, ensuring that communities’ ambitions can be accommodated and that economic growth is delivered in a sustainable manner. SSEN is to work with local authorities and other stakeholders to identify the impact of their plans on the energy networks along the role of low carbon technologies in managing this.

The overarching goal is to support the delivery of local objectives while identifying the need for network investment. Having commenced in January 2020, it will run for 18 months with the model developed over the course of the project striving to optimise outputs for local stakeholders. The stakeholders 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.”