UKPN sets out innovation targets in refreshed strategy

UK Power Networks has placed net zero readiness as one of three innovation pillars in its revised innovation strategy.

The aim of the refreshed strategy is to increase the visibility of UKPN’s focus and processes, allowing it to expand collaboration efforts with innovation stakeholders and partners.  Under Net Zero Ready, UKPN said it will look to tackle challenges such as enabling broader net zero targets by facilitating the connection of low carbon technologies, including electrical transport, at the lowest cost to consumers. It will also look at reducing both the cost and time it takes to connect low carbon technologies, look to play an active role in the decarbonisation of heat and aim to reduce its own carbon footprint.

Another of the pillars, Efficient and Effective will see UKPN aim to address challenges including maintaining security and quality of supply; delivering RIIO outputs at the lowest cost; and visibility and coordination of data. The third pillar, Future Ready, relates to the provision of services for distributed energy resources, whole system optimisation and transmission, and distribution interface and greater collaboration.

In his foreword, Head of Innovation, Ian Cameron, said: “Our innovation initiatives have already delivered over £183m of savings in the last four years. And innovation has enabled us to react to our customers’ needs as we ensure the network is ready for low carbon technologies. We continue to innovate in order to make our service more reliable, more affordable, easier to connect to, cleaner and safer.”

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