Feb 2020
Electricity Distribution
Net Zero South Wales – Cross Vector Scenarios
NIA_WPD_051
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Feb 2020
May 2020
Western Power Distribution and Wales and West Utilities
Sam Rossi Ashton, Bethan Winter
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Network Innovation Allowance
ED - Transition to low carbon future
Active Network Management, Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies, Demand Side Management, Distributed Generation, Electric Vehicles, Energy Storage, Heat Pumps, Low Carbon Generation and System Security
£152,354.00
Although the future will be increasingly multi-vector, there is no defined or inherent process for cross-vector network planning at licence area and local level. For example, network and geographical areas used in single vector planning do not currently align as they are conceived to address specific network infrastructure and operation in gas and electricity. There is currently no detailed understanding of the net zero implications on energy networks at a licence area and distribution network level, including understanding the uncertainties and interaction between multi-vector technologies (such as hydrogen)

This project will develop a process and methodology by which both gas and electricity network operators can conduct local level joint scenario planning in a region or licence area and improve understanding of the impacts of a set of net zero carbon pathways on the distribution network, within a single licence area.
  1. Develop a process and methodology by which both gas and electricity network operators can conduct local level joint scenario planning in a region or licence area.  This would include identifying shared definitions and building shared operational understanding, geographical areas, approaches to assessing the evolution of energy generation and supply, along with changes in demand and flexibility.
  2. Understand the impacts of a set of net zero carbon pathways on the distribution network, within a single licence area.
The methodology developed in this analysis will help improve the development and use of future net-zero cross vector energy scenarios produced for WPD, WWU and other networks. This will lead to more effective planning process for future network investment. Specifically, this process will support:

  • Decarbonisation and planning for net-zero for distribution networks – it will in particular support improved network planning for technologies with a cross vector impact such as hybrid heat pumps. 
  • Efficient and effective scenario processes – a key impact would be to update the methodologies currently used for distribution scenario processes, to allow the outputs from these studies to be utilised by other stakeholders in addition to gas and electricity networks.