ARC Project Partners You can find out more information about all of SP Energy Networks’ ARC project partners below. SPEN SP Energy Networks (SPEN) owns the electricity transmission and distribution networks in Central and Southern Scotland (SP Transmission and SP Distribution), and the distribution network in Merseyside, Cheshire, North Wales and Shropshire (SP Manweb), serving 3.5 million customers. Our networks comprise 30,000 electricity substations, 40,000 kilometres of overhead power lines and 70,000 kilometres of underground cables. SPEN’s parent company, ScottishPower, is part of the international Iberdrola group. Community Energy Scotland Community Energy Scotland (CES) is a registered charity that provides practical help for communities on green energy development and energy conservation. It is committed to working towards a secure and sustainable energy future for Scotland and tackling fuel poverty by helping communities generate their own electricity and use it efficiently. Since 2008, CES has been involved in 1,400 projects across Scotland, from micro-generation projects to large-scale revenue-generating schemes, and has distributed over £15m of funding for community energy projects. Smarter Grid Solutions Smarter Grid Solutions is a Glasgow-based company offering innovative Active Network Management platforms, applications and services to help energy network operators get more from their power grids. Using real-time monitoring and control, its systems allow the connection of more renewable energy around existing network constraints without the need for additional infrastructure. University of Strathclyde Internationally recognised for excellence in research in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, the University of Strathclyde provides academic oversight of the ARC project as well as collating and evaluating data to identify the best connection options for potential community energy schemes. For more information about ARC, take a look at our handy FAQ page.