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Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) hosting webinar on delivery of a new low-carbon energy system in the Highlands

By Gregor White

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SSEN is offering opportunities to help support the electricity network in the north of Scotland.
SSEN is offering opportunities to help support the electricity network in the north of Scotland.

Energy firm SSEN says there are opportunities to get involved in making a smarter energy system work.

SSEN has identified 11 areas across the north of Scotland it says will benefit from smarter solutions in what are known as Constraint Managed Zones (CMZ), to manage electricity demand during maintenance work or fault conditions.

These include at Raigmore and Waterloo Place in Inverness as well as Ullapool and Fort William.

SSEN is looking for "flexibility services" from those with energy generators and battery storage – including hydro, solar and wind – who can opt in to being paid to provide power to the network during maintenance and when there are faults in the main system.

Providers can also opt in to be paid to turn down their electricity demand when necessary.

They say this will reduce reliance on fossil-fuel based energy generation and prevent overloading of the system.

The webinar will give a broader overview of the scheme and provide further detail on the upcoming procurement process.

Alex Howison, flexible solutions manager at SSEN, said: "As we develop a smarter, more flexible energy system to support the UK’s net zero ambitions, customers and communities now have new opportunities to play an active role in the energy system.

"Following great success from our first Constraint Managed Zone on the Scottish islands where we avoided carbon emissions equivalent of taking 971 cars off the road for a year, our ambition is to increase flexibility across our networks, delivering cost-effective solutions and significant carbon reductions to help meet the UK’s climate action commitments.

"I’d encourage anyone interested in providing flexibility services across our network areas in the north of Scotland and central southern England to join the webinar, where our teams will provide further information on the opportunities available to get involved."

The webinar will take place on Friday, July 10 from 10-11.15am.

To find out more and register see https://www.ssen.co.uk/StakeholderEvent/Registration/?EventId=522

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