About the Project
The increase in Distributed Energy Resources coupled with the increasing load demand from low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles has fuelled a need to create an active distribution network capable of managing modern customers’ needs.
Our innovative FUSION project is trialling commoditised local demand-side flexibility through a structured and competitive market, based on the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF).
FUSION will enable Distribution Network Operators and all market actors to unlock the value of local network flexibility in a competitive and transparent manner. This will be enabled by applying the functions and structure defined in the USEF.
SP Energy Networks are working closely with the Energy Networks Association (ENA) on the Open Networks Project. This collaborative work will accelerate our transition to a Distribution System Operator.
A key feature of an active distribution network is the ability to draw on network flexibility to alleviate constraints. FUSION will be enabling Distribution Network Operators and all market actors to unlock the value of local network flexibility. FUSION will create a flexibility market to unlock the value of flexibility in a competitive and transparent manner. This will be enabled by applying the functions and structure defined in the Universal Smart Energy Framework (USEF).
We've recently been given the green light by Ofgem for a £6m investment in FUSION and as such the project is now underway. Read more about it here.
FUSION is working directly with TRANSITION (SSEN in partnership with ENWL) and EFFS (WPD), two other awarded NIC 2017 projects focussing on the Distribution System Operator transition. The aim of this is to develop a thorough and robust collaboration structure and plan. Collectively the projects are referred to as T.E.F. (TRANSITION, EFFS, FUSION). This is a welcomed project funding condition for all three projects.
SP Energy Networks are proactively engaging in discussions, workshops and reporting to develop the collaboration plan, finding and developing synergies across the projects to enable and promote collaboration wherever possible.