Electrical distribution company Northern Powergrid is planning to use smart meter data to help reduce losses and carbon emissions across its network.
Power Engineering International reports that the company has drawn up a six-stage programme to combat network losses which includes tapping smart metering information to better understand and forecast losses and to identify high loss areas that would benefit from network reinforcement.
At the same time, smart grid technology will allow the distribution network operator to target the use of demand side response (DSR) to reduce peak loads.
All households in England, Wales and Scotland are expected to be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier and the goal is for every home to have a smart meter by 2020.
“Our programme for losses is underpinned by our ambition to improve our understanding of this complex area,” commented Mark Nicholson, Northern Powergrid’s head of smart grid implementation. “Losses are currently seen as an unavoidable reality of network operation. The smart meter roll-out is bringing a huge data bonus to those of us involved with loss reduction, enabling us to tackle this issue head on and reduce unnecessary carbon emissions from wasted electricity.
“The national smart meter roll-out and the associated move to a half-hourly market settlement processes will introduce more accurate metering point data,” Nicholson added. “We hope this near-real time data availability will mean technical losses can be more readily evaluated.”
As yet, it’s unclear how Northern Powergrid will access this data from a consumer privacy perspective, Clean Energy News reported.
Government guidelines state that networks and energy companies can only access “appropriate data” to enable them to carry out “essential tasks”.
Northern Powergrid told the website that while the use of this “theoretical data” had not yet been clarified, data security would be “the highest priority”.