SSEN Social Constraint Management Zone Project
Funding for Energy Saving #community flex
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has teamed up with fuel poverty charity National Energy Action (NEA) on a new project where communities and community organisations can receive payments for helping ease constraints on the local electricity network, as an alternative to upgrading cables and substations. Energy saving projects that help the network are called flexibility.
On winter evenings when electricity demand is at its highest, some parts of the local electricity network may approach their maximum capacity. SSEN is looking to address this issue with alternatives to upgrading the cables and substations initially in two parts of their network. These have been designated Social Constraint Managed Zones (SCMZ) and the aim is to provide an easily accessible route for communities to receive payments for either:
- Reducing their peak demand
- Time shifting their electricity consumption or
- Reducing their overall demand
Locations of the Social Constraint Managed Zones (SCMZ)
South Oxfordshire around Didcot and Cholsey (Click “Show More” to view map)Show More
On the border of Hampshire and Surrey, between Basingstoke and Farnborough/Farnham (Click “Show More” to view map)Show More
Examples of possible projects
Anything that reduces or shifts demand is suitable, but examples might include programmes of installation of LED lighting, battery storage or utilizing variable rate electricity tariffs.Show More
- A social landlord might bring forward plans for replacing peak rate electric panel heaters in the target area with high heat retention night storage heaters and utilize project funding to assist with the cost.
- As part of a fuel poverty initiative, a council wishing to promote energy efficiency measures in the area could receive payments towards the initiative based on performance and measurable improvements. The cost effectiveness of the programme could be increased by partnering with other utilities rolling out efficiency programmes
- A battery installer could offer a discount for their product if it is able to reduce household electricity demand during the constraint periods.
- A community group could organize a programme of visits to households and install LED lighting and other energy efficiency measures directly in homes.
- A council could receive funding towards installation of more energy efficient street lighting in the area, which forms part of a wider community support project
- Additional funding could be available for connecting homes to the gas main and removing peak rate electrical heating systems.
- Funding could be provided towards an electrical or heat battery which would allow a heating system to avoid import of electricity during winter peaks in electrical consumption.
- A local business or organisation in the constraint zone could receive payments for use of a battery or backup generator at times of high demand in winter.
- Funding could be provided towards a scrappage scheme, where older kitchen appliances like fridge-freezers and washing machines are replaced by new high efficiency models.
- An electricity utility or a local council with a white label electricity supplier could promote an advanced time of use tariff or dynamic pricing trial in the area which would reduce demand in the early evening.
How can I get involved?
You do not have to be an expert in the flexibility market. Seed funding and expert advice is available for suitable proposals which pass a short prequalification questionnaire and also support is available to help you through the tender process.
Our project consultants will assess your proposal to forecast the reductions in demand a project might achieve and calculate the payments that would be available. It is possible to provide as little as 50 kW in demand reduction, or to partner with other organisations in the area to complement the proposal.
Flexibility payments can be used with other funding sources such as ECO. The funding available through this project aims to improve the business case for projects
Ask questions, find out more and meet potential partners at:
Match Making Workshop Thursday 4th July 2019 10am – 3.30pm
Reading Museum, Blagrave Street, Reading, RG1 1QH
If you have any questions about the project, please download the FAQs to see if your query is covered there. Alternatively, if you would like to discuss the project or any ideas you may have to achieve the project aims, please contact NEA in the first instance by the following methods.
Tel: 0191 269 2937
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Details of questions asked and the type of organization making contact will be shared with SSEN.Show More