Scottish utility exploring demand-side flexibility market with partner Opus One

Credit: Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF)

Last week, smart energy software provider Opus One Solutions said it was awarded a project with Scottish distribution and transmission network operator  SP Energy Networks (SPEN) to demonstrate how the introduction of local demand-side flexibility can help a Distribution System Operator (DSO) better manage their network.

As more renewables come online, the need for more flexibility in the grid arises. This need – coupled with the rise of distributed energy resources (DER) like solar PV, batteries, EVs, and smart appliances – presents a new market opportunity.

Opus One will develop and deploy a system that focuses on engaging customers to provide system flexibility through the Universal Smart Energy Framework (watch a video explanation of the framework below).

The tool will assist the DSO to actively manage its network and deliver a better future for its customers. SPEN is aiming to make the transition from Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to DSO (project FUSION) and this work with Opus One will be a key element in facilitating this transition.

The solution will be used as part of a market trial programme over the next three years and will first be tested in St. Andrews and East Fife to demonstrate how the introduction of a local demand-side flexibility market can help DSO better manage their network.

“Today’s power grid is facing new demands and challenges. A reliable and resilient power grid is the cornerstone of a sustainable society. We are thrilled to lead a project with SPEN to help build and track a more resilient power grid,” noted Hari Suthan, Chief of Strategic Growth & Sales, Opus One Solutions. “This project offers a one-of-a-kind solution that is imperative to move energy networks to an electric future to help the UK achieve its net zero goals.”  

“This project with Opus One is an exciting milestone in Project FUSION as we trial innovative flexibility solutions that speeds up our response time and helps add value to our customers by accelerating connections and deferring costly reinforcements,” said Michael Green, Senior Innovation Engineer at SP Energy Networks. “

Learn about The Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) by watching the video below.

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