Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is to trial a new smart grid platform which facilitates demand-side response and the integration of renewable sources of energy.
The company said it has entered into a partnership with software provider Open Utility to learn from and participate in its ‘Piclo’ smart grid platform.
To facilitate the shift to a smarter, flexible energy system, SSEN is transitioning from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO). This transition opens up new opportunities for energy users through peer-to-peer and flexibility trading, creating new markets where supply and demand can be balanced and traded at a local level.
Piclo helps DSOs procure flexible capacity from technologies such as batteries and demand-response aggregators to meet the needs of local electricity users, SSEN explained.
It is a matchmaking and trading platform for local energy which enables customers, generators and other flexibility providers to register their availability and preferences, which the platform then matches with opportunities from the DSO.
SSEN believes the platform will unlock new revenue streams for homes, businesses and communities, while supporting the shift towards a low carbon energy system.
“We are delighted to partner with Open Utility in support of their innovative Piclo platform which will provide invaluable insight to help inform our transition to a DSO and the new opportunities this will create for our customers through peer-to-peer and flexibility trading,” commented Steve Atkins, DSO transition manager for SSEN.
“Unlike other industries like short-term rentals and taxi services, the energy sector cannot be transformed by an online marketplace acting alone, but through meaningful partnerships with incumbents working towards a common goal,” added James Johnston, CEO and co-founder of Open Utility.