Decentralised Energy Development in Scotland
Strengthening communities’ ability to link local energy generation with local energy use and increasing the benefits to their communities.
Our 4 main strands of activity in this area are as follows:
• UK DG DNO working group
We are currently participating in a UK wide working group of stakeholders and all the UK Distribution Network Operators (DNO's) to address issues faced by the Distributed Generation industry. This includes investigating better ways of providing valuable information to small generation projects early on from DNO's , looking at fairer charging and access costs and ensuring the design of network connections is undertaken in a cost effective manner for the generator. Our work in this area also covers recent engagement with OFGEM in highlighting the extensive grid delays and high costs faced by many Scottish Communities trying to access grid connections.
• Innovation at community level
We are working with communities who have accessed the CARES Infrastructure and Innovation fund which has assisted them to review and explore options for innovative energy management and overcome grid constraints. We are currently seeking to deliver further support and funding in this area soon- so watch this space!
• Knowledge Transfer Partnership project
We have a Community Grid Innovation Officer that is dedicated to advancing Grid Innovation for community projects through a Knowledge Exchange Partnership project we have with the Dept of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Strathclyde and SHEPD (SSE). This project will run for 27 months from July 2012.
• Gigha Energy Storage project
We are project partners in a DECC Energy Storage funded project based on the Isle of Gigha. Working with Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust and their community owned wind turbine project a trial of a vanadium redox battery will seek to enable maximal capture of the wind energy of their new fourth turbine on a constrained grid network. the other project partners are SSE Power Distribution and the technology supplier - RED-T . We are very pleased to be involved in this exciting project and hope it will lead to learning that can be shared with other communities and parties interested in the benefits of integrated storage devices with renewable energy generation.
• Reviewing other opportunities to support community based energy projects
We are currently reviewing a number of other opportunities to involve communities in innovative energy generation and energy use.