New collaboration to boost renewables
A new collaboration between National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), National Grid Electricity Transmission (ET) and UK Power Networks will improve the control and distribution of energy generated by renewable source to improve operation of the national grid.
Dubbed the South Coast Regional Development Programme, the partnership will directly connect local network operator’s control rooms with a central control room at the national system operator, giving them more visibility and control to keep supply in balance with demand.
The roll-out of the system will enable up to 600MW of distributed energy resources (DER) to be connected in the region, based on the scenarios originally considered in the Regional Development Plan’s design phase.
Julian Leslie, head of networks at National Grid ESO, said in Electrical Contracting News, “The delivery of the first phase of this project is a significant step forward in coordinating the planning and operation between the ESO and DNOs. As we move towards net zero, it’s critical that we can all make best use of the zero carbon resources connected to electricity networks and joined-up functionality, as demonstrated through this project, will be vital to achieving that goal.”
Building on this work, UK Power Networks and National Grid ESO are now developing the next stage of their Regional Development Programme in the South East. This will involve putting in place new commercial and technical arrangements to incentivise electricity generators to further support the national transmission system.