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)

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Coxmoor Wood

On the border of Hampshire and Surrey, between Basingstoke and Farnborough/Farnham  (Click “Show More” to view map)

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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.

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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

Event booking:


The process

Further information

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.

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Published on 22-05-2019
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