Feb 2013
Electricity Distribution
ENA Research & Development Programme
Feb 2013
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks
SSEN Future Networks Team
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Carbon Emission Reduction Technologies
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) represents all of the UK network operators. Several projects have been initiated by the ENA R&D Working Group and have been funded through the IFI.
The projects listed below address issues which have been identified by the ENA Working Groups as significant issues requiring technical investigation and development:

  • Harmonic Impedance Modelling: The project addresses the detailed modelling of cable and overhead line components, to develop cable models appropriate for distribution networks

  • KEMA Workshops 11 and 12: Consider potential issues and opportunities presented by demand response and to establish the booklet Cool Use of Energy (CUE) and the terms of reference for the two reports CUE 1 and 2. Subsequently the use of the term CUE has been changed to demand response and this is the current title of the ongoing work with ERA (Energy UK)

  • KEMA Cool Use of Energy Reports 1 and 2: Support a number of ENA/ERA joint demand response workshops which developed a list of requirements that can be considered as key tasks to transform the traditional power sector

  • KEMA Smart Grids Standards Review: Aim to focus on the impact of developments of the above standards (excluding commercial standards), on the GB electricity networks community, which will be affected profoundly by these activities

  • KEMA Cyber Security Report: Provide an approach and management framework to address the cyber security challenges face nationally by the DNOs as the current network infrastructure is developed with new smart grid systems and technologies

  • Redpoint Scenarios: Survey the studies of future energy provision in the UK currently in the public domain and produce a common stance on investment requirements

  • Engage Access to Data: Identify the key smart metering and smart grid benefits that network operators will need to deliver to support the Governments low carbon agenda efficiently

  • Engage Privacy Impact Assessment: Assess the privacy issues surrounding the use of smart meter data by DNO's and identify measures that can be taken to mitigate stakeholder concerns

  • Telent Smart Grid Communications: Survey the DNO communications managers to understand both the extent of existing communications deployment/penetration on electricity networks and their aspirations for extending that deployment

  • KEMA LCNF Catalogue: Develop the first stages of a GB smart grid coverage catalogue, focusing on Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) (LCNF) Tier 1 and Tier 2, and the Innovation Funding Incentive (IFI) funded Registered Power Zones (RPZ) projects

  • KEMA OTEG Report: Explore a number of innovative Web based solutions to presenting the progress of LCNF projects including video recordings by engineers and managers involved in the process

  • Smart Grid Forum Workstream 3 Phase 1 & 2: Takes the impact of GBs future energy scenarios into key strategic directions for network development, identifying the needs for network expansion and the opportunities for smart grid techniques to drive cost efficiency and deliver new services. It considers the enablers for change, including the necessary development of commercial and regulatory frameworks.