Norway-based independent energy advisory and certification body DNV GL has been selected to advise UK utility company SP Energy Networks on the development of a local flexibility market in East Fife, Scotland.
The UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets and national regulatory body Ofgem has given approval for funding SP Energy Networks’ five-year project FUSION.
The new project will implement and trial a smart energy network designed as a solution for distribution network operator (DNO) constraints.
The project will provide customer savings of more than £200m and will help reduce carbon emissions by more than three mega tonnes in the UK.
Based on the universal smart energy framework (USEF), Scotland’s flexibility market will provide an open and consistent framework, defining market roles, processes and agreements, as well as specifying data exchange, interfaces and control features.
DNV GL Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa energy business executive vice-president and regional manager Prajeev Rasiah said: “As the UK energy transition accelerates, the system needs to be able to accommodate the growing impact of renewables and low-carbon technologies.
“Demand-side flexibility is emerging as a principal enabler for network companies to achieve this aim, but needs to be unlocked economically and efficiently through an appropriate market mechanism.
“FUSION will implement the USEF framework, co-founded by DNV GL, which provides a common standard for smart energy systems to optimise the allocation of flexibility across the industry, while allowing maximum freedom of choice for all industry participants.”
The project will help support the country’s balancing requirements within the existing regulatory framework.
Other partners involved in the FUSION project include Origami Energy, PassivSystems, Imperial College London, SAC Consulting, The University of St Andrews, Fife Council and Bright Green Hydrogen.