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Digital energy system map launched to 'pave the way' for smarter, net zero system

A digital energy system map was a key recommendation from the Energy Data Taskforce. Image: ENA.

A digital energy system map was a key recommendation from the Energy Data Taskforce. Image: ENA.

A new National Energy Systems Map (NESM) has been launched by Britain’s electricity and gas networks.

The proof-of-concept project sees network data from all of Britain’s electricity and gas network operators pulled together into a digital, whole-energy system map covering Britain.

The NESM will give customers information about energy network assets, where they are located and who owns them, which forms a key part of the government’s Energy Digitalisation Strategy and was also a core recommendation of the Energy Data Taskforce.

Its hoped this access to network data will help make it easier for renewables and other low carbon technologies to connect, as well as help companies and innovators across the energy industry to make investment decisions more efficiently.

The NESM was created through collaboration with Ordnance Survey and 1Spatial, with an aim of helping pave the way for a smarter, net zero energy system.

"In harnessing the power of data and providing more transparency we are moving forward and delivering a digitalisation boost to net zero," Dan Clarke, head of innovation at Energy Networks Association (ENA) said.

In June, the ENA launched an Energy Data Request Tool, allowing requests to be submitted by anyone to any of the networks using a single form for any type of network data.

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