Project FUSION will implement the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF) across North East Fife as a new open access market place for flexibility. The Framework has been developed as an international standard to deliver a universal market for flexibility and has been successfully trialled in the Netherlands.
However, the user device interface (UDI) and commercial framework have not been proven within the GB market and consumer context. Therefore, the project will develop USEF so that it is fit for purpose within the UK. This includes establishing the interface between USEF and each participant that is active within this flexibility market (network operators, suppliers, aggregators, flexible demand customers) and the commercial arrangements that facilitate a settlement process showing that flexibility products can be delivered reliably as specified and as scheduled.
Prior to the network trial the USEF commercial framework will be developed to take account of the market structures and algorithms within the GB market context. This includes the methodologies and safeguards specific to the GB market and regulatory framework to facilitate effective competition in flexible user price submissions and avoid market abuse; as well as demonstrating the safeguards to ensure that 3rd party procurement of flexibility does not result in unacceptable loading on the distribution network.
Once USEF has been adapted and is fit for use within the UK a network trial will demonstrate how a multi vector approach can provide valuable network flexibility by incentivising customers to provide the network with the flexibility its requires to alleviate network strain and defer expensive reinforcement. The trial will coordinate an array of LCTs across North East Fife in real time in partnership with USEF to show how traditional reinforcement can be avoided by peak shaving electrical demand by making use alternatives supplies of energy. For example, the provision of the gas network to alleviate the peaks in demand caused by the electrification of heat and transport.
Alongside the project, the local distribution network within North East Fife will be equipped with adequate monitoring to enable SPD to identify network issue in real time and request the required flexibility from the USEF market place. This will be a staged approach by identifying priority circuits which include customers and aggregators with the adequate flexibility that can be offered to the DNO.