Tuesday 8 September
10.00 – 12.30
South Central England licence area
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) ran a series of events with Energy Systems Catapult and ourselves to support the development of Local Area Energy Plans (LAEPs) and SSEN’s annual Distribution Network Future Energy Scenario (DFES) analysis for the central southern England and north of Scotland licence areas.
What is Local Area Energy Planning (LAEP)?
LAEP is a process to inform, shape and enable key aspects of the transition to a net zero energy system. As a DNO, SSEN’s role is to enable this transition for all consumers and network users.
What are the Distribution Network Future Energy Scenarios (DFES)?
The DFES process enables SSEN to have a more detailed view of what will connect to their network in the future. From domestic low carbon technologies such as electric vehicle chargers or heat pumps, through to larger energy generation and storage projects such as commercial batteries or wind farms. Developed with us, the DFES assesses the growth of projects connecting to SSEN’s networks out to 2050.
As the regulated Distribution Network Operator (DNO) for the north of Scotland and central southern England, SSEN is required to submit a business plan to Ofgem for the next price control period, RIIO-ED2.
The shift to net zero energy systems will require changes to our network, as electricity demand and the need to connect cleaner sources of energy generation increases. As part of RIIO ED2, SSEN will need to make strategic investments to its network to meet this need.
The purpose of these events was to:
- Engage stakeholders on the LAEP process and how SSEN can support all local stakeholders in developing and implementing their plans
- Tap into stakeholders’ local and domain knowledge and insights, and increase our understanding of local investment needs for the electricity system, future energy technologies and developments which will influence our plans for future network developments
- Discuss the potential growth and location of future energy technologies and developments, which will influence our plans for preparing our network for the future
- Gauge views on the uptake of new or disruptive technologies such as hydrogen electrolysis, battery storage, electric vehicles and heat pumps