British energy supplier SSE has launched a smart grid, aggregation, and trading platform, SSE Enhance, enabling large energy users to earn money from balancing supply and demand.

SSE Enhance will allow manufacturers, building managers, and local councils to get paid for helping balance supply and demand across their local network and Britain’s electricity network.

Companies, public sector organisations, and other customers can receive payments and make savings for reducing their electricity demand during peaks, or reduce their own peaks through optimising local demand.

Customers could also be paid to feed excess electricity from their own assets, such as combined heat and power units, solar panels, wind turbines etc., into the grid to help cope with spikes in demand.

The platform was designed to give customers access to the Wholesale market, Balancing Mechanism, and Ancillary Services.

SSE Enterprise’s distributed energy business director of strategy and digital services Stephen Stead said: “Combining this new solution with our wider Distributed Energy offering will mean we can work with customers to ensure they have the best deployed solution to meet carbon reduction targets. We can offer the full solution – funding, deployment, management, and now optimisation.

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“This will enable the deployment of more renewable energy generation – like wind turbines, solar panels, biomass plants, and energy storage – which may have been inconceivable to customers previously due to capital cost constraints.”

SSE Enhance was built using ANM Strata, an energy resources management system developed by Scottish energy software specialist Smarter Grid Solutions. Smarter Grid Solutions’ programmes are in use by companies such as UK Power Networks and Southern California Edison to manage their energy systems.

The SSE Enhance platform forms the basis of SSE’s efforts to create partnerships with organisations and support them on their journeys to achieve net-zero carbon emissions.