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Reference Number NIA_SSEPD_0011
Title ACCESS - Local Constraint Management (Mull)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Renewable Energy Sources(Hydropower, Small hydropower (less than 10 MW)) 25%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 50%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 25%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 100%
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD)
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 July 2015
End Date 01 February 2018
Duration 31 months
Total Grant Value £420,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution plc (SHEPD) (99.999%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , Southern Electric Power Distribution plc (SEPD) (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_SSEPD_0011
Objectives Define the DNOs requirements for local demand side response; Produce a Functional Design Specification for the system based on the DNO requirements ;Demonstrate and trial local demand side management on the Isle of Mull, working along with an established unconstrained community generation scheme and new community led demand customers in the form of new flexible electric heating systems primarily storage heaters; Create recommendations and inform the development of commercial arrangements , technical standards and operating procedures; Identify potential Regulatory and market barriers; Determine the technical and commercial viability of this system; and Produce recommendations on the suitability for wider application of this methodology. The deployment of a successful trial that informs new technical and commercial standards.
Abstract There has been a steady growth in the number of Community Energy Schemes which are seeking connections for renewable energy projects. This is in response to a number of policy drivers with both DECC and the Scottish Government publishing Community Energy Strategies with the latter targeting 500MW of community owned renewables in Scotland by 2020. To help achieve this the Scottish Government have introduced the Local Energy Challenge Fund and Community and Renewable Energy Scheme(CARES) programme to provide direct support to community groups to develop projects. Working with community groups has also been identified as a key area in the SSEPD Innovation Strategy. Many of these projects are being developed in areas which are already subject to grid constraints and unlike commercial developers; community groups do not have the option to consider other locations. It is necessary to explore alternative, non-traditional, method of connection and interaction with these types of projects, which would deliver benefits to the community and which, due to grid constraints and prohibitive reinforcement costs, would not be able to proceed under conventional methods of connection. The method involves creating the technical and commercial framework to allow generators to manage generation and demand within a pre- determined network area. Specifically this is intended to link local controllable demand (i.e. heating systems) with intermittent local generation. In general both UK and Scottish Governments have put in place some policy drivers to facilitate locally owned community generators to be used to supply local customers in an attempt to address fuel poverty in rural areas. This project seeks to test the effectiveness of these drivers, as well as explore additional regulatory barriers and proposing changes when appropriate. The large scale ACCESS project includes a range of partners which represent many of the main actors in the value chain including renewable generators, community groups, energy suppliers, aggregators etc. The intention is to trial the new arrangements by linking the output from a community owned hydro scheme with new local flexible demand. The generator will be responsible for matching local demand with generation and SHEPD will only intervene if network integrity is compromised. The DNO has a crucial role to play in facilitating this project. In addition to the provision of connections for both the new generation and controllable demand, SHEPD intend to install network monitoring equipment which will monitor network parameters at potential constraint points and will send appropriate signals to disconnect either the generator and/or demand to protect and maintain network integrity. These signals will only be used should the network come close to breaching safe operating parameters. At all other times the generator and their chosen demand aggregator will be responsible for balancing supply and demand within the specified network.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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Added to Database 23/03/18