Projects: Projects for Investigator
Reference Number NIA_SSEN_0036
Title Social Constrained Managed Zones (CMZs)
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Cross-Cutting Technologies or Research(Demographics) 20%;
Other Power and Storage Technologies(Electricity transmission and distribution) 80%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields SOCIAL SCIENCES (Sociology) 20%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 80%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 30%;
Sociological economical and environmental impact of energy (Consumer attitudes and behaviour) 70%;
Principal Investigator Project Contact
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Scottish and Southern Energy plc
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 March 2019
End Date 01 December 2019
Duration ENA months
Total Grant Value £190,000
Industrial Sectors Power
Region Scotland
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (100.000%)
  Industrial Collaborator Project Contact , Scottish and Southern Energy plc (0.000%)
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Objectives The project will provide a stream of stakeholder engagement which will aid smaller community organisations to take part in the CMZ process, starting with two areas of Drayton and Coxmoor Wood. This will be achieved through the following:- An initial event in each of the two geographical areas to gain information and opinions from the community groups about the project and the CMZ process- A stakeholder engagement research piece in collaboration with National Energy Action (NEA) to identify the correct groups and methods of engagement - Development of a materials pack to share with community groups - A suite of internal processes for simplified legal and procurement documents for use with smaller community groups- Running an informative workshop with community groups interesting in providing SCMZ services- Providing support for community groups in the form of an option of seed funding or SSEN funded consultancy support to aid the production of procurement documentation and PQQ/ITT submissions The project has three aspects:- Work in the Drayton and Coxmoor Wood and will support community groups to submit tender responses to the ongoing procurement process for the CMZ zones in those locations. The project scope includes the provision of support in relation to the tender in these locations only (SCMZ Delivery Document)- Work on the documentation of a longer-term process, to allow for the replication of this process in other areas- Identify a method for accounting for the social and environmental benefits for the SCMZ providers participation The objectives of the project are:1) To reduce the barriers of participation in the CMZ process for smaller community groups by:- Producing documentation that will aid smaller community groups in understanding the process and requirements of the SCMZ process- Providing direct support to interested providers in the Drayton and Coxmoor Wood areas, through seed funding and/or consultant support2) Determining the internal processes required for a future rollout of SCMZ to encourage participants in other CMZ areas by:- Working with legal, planning, regulation, CMZ and procurement teams to design processes for the trial which pass approval from all these internal teams- Gain approval for use of these processes for BAU applications3) Determine a method for calculating the social and environmental benefits of SCMZ provider participation to include in network planning decisions in future by:- Working with BEIS and Ofgem on calculations and approval
Abstract SSEN have released 5 CMZ zones to date, all structured around reinforcement deferral where the NPV of postponing reinforcement over a 4-6-year term provides the overall value of the service provision. To date, tender responses received from CMZ type procurement exercises have largely been from large scale I+C customers such as energy storage providers. Whilst, there has been an appetite from smaller community led initiatives to become involved CMZ, this has proven to be challenging for them due to the burden of conforming with the requirements of an OJEU procurement exercise and commercial barriers in place to protect the business such as Achilles registration. In addition, SSENs current tender assessment process does not currently consider the wider societal benefit of a community providing the Flexibility, generation or efficiency of a CMZ service. Although SSEN has established a clear case for communities and local organisations providing services to a DSO, local groups are currently behind the curve in understanding this business case and as a result need assistance to commit to the concept. In short, the market place at a community level needs assistance and stimulation.
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