WPD targets zero carbon future with digital technology

Silhouetted wind turbine at a rural windfarm.

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has announced that, through making use of the latest digital technology, it is building a digital network model as part of its commitment to a zero carbon future.

On 21 January, WPD said that its Integrated Network Model (INM), devised in partnership with IT firm, CGI, will help it to plan for increases in the number of distributed renewable forms of generation connecting directly to the network. These include heat pumps and solar panels. The INM will use network data to provide a digital picture of WPD’s network at any given time.

Graham Halladay, WPD Operations Director, said: “We recognised that the transition to Distribution System Operator will be driven through engagement with external parties. Data is the key to enabling effective communication and having a digital representation of our physical network is a key pillar for addressing the Energy Data Taskforce recommendations.”