Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has launched a website to promote its Transition project, seeking to inform customers of the changes required to deliver a network “fit for the future”.

The project will design, develop and demonstrate the operations of distribution system operator architecture informed by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) Open Networks project.

It will trial local energy flexibility and facilitate new markets, such as peer-to-peer trading, while “maintaining neutrality and customer expectations”. Awarded in October 2018, Transition is a five-year project funded through Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition.

Chiefly the Transition project will explore cost-effective ways for network companies to support a smarter and more flexible network.

The network operator says the findings from the project, which will include physical trials being undertaken in Oxfordshire, will have a key role in providing the answers required in the transition to move to a “smart future”.

The project will also consist of simulated trials within the Electricity North West (ENW) licence area, led by ENW.

SSEN says it will provide a better understanding of how market rules can be designed to avoid conflicts on different system architectures.

Meanwhile, the website will include information on how customers can get involved with the project, and find out about stakeholder events and activities.

Brian Wann, SSEN’s transition project manager, said: “SSEN is committed to being a transparent, neutral market facilitator for flexibility services.

“Transition will help us understand how we can most effectively coordinate new markets established, as we move to a flexible network.

“The dedicated website will have an important role in engaging with the communities involved in the project, but also to inform a much wider audience.

“The aim of the project is to develop a ‘proof of concept’  for which system architecture works most effectively and test the market models that have been developed in the Open Networks project.

“During this process we will keep the website up-to-date, so I call on all interested parties to visit for more information.”

Brian Wann explains more about SSEN’s Transition project in the video below.

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