About the Project
Dumfries and Galloway has among the UK’s highest proportion of connected renewable generation relative to its demand for energy. That can present difficulties when it comes to exporting renewable energy back to the electricity grid and connecting new projects. Currently, 90MW of distributed generation are connected in Dumfries and Galloway, while more than 200MW of additional distributed generation are contracted to connect in the future. As a result, we are implementing a revolutionary, wide-scale integrated network management zone across the area.
It’s the first integrated network management scheme of its kind in the UK and will span 11 grid supply points and interface with the System Operator. The project will help manage transmission network constraints by using an active network management (ANM) system to monitor and manage exports from distributed generation on SPEN’s network.
As well as resulting in fewer constraints for existing distributed energy resources, the system will enable the connection of new ones. By improving access to a heavily congested part of the network, we are directly supporting the move to a smarter flexible network.
It covers the installation of an Integrated Network Management scheme across Dumfries and Galloway. The scheme will help manage transmission network constraints in Dumfries and Galloway by installing an Active Network Management (ANM) scheme to manage the exports from Distributed Generation on SP Energy Networks’ Electricity Network. It will result in fewer constraints for Distributed Energy Resources and facilitate the connection of new Distributed Energy Resources. Currently, 90MW of distributed generation are connected in Dumfries and Galloway, and more than 200MW of additional distributed generation is contracted to connect in the future.