Energy Networks Association (ENA) is developing an in-depth digital system map of the UK’s energy system to support a pathway to net zero.
Network data will be pulled from Britain’s electricity and gas network operators and integrated into the digital map. The proof-of-concept project will allow the association to test the model it is developing for a full National Energy System Map, which is set to include network assets, generators and energy intensive users.
Dan Clarke, head of Innovation at the ENA, said the “ground-breaking project” shows how the power of data can be harnessed to “deliver the technologies which will define the industry’s net zero future".
“Providing more transparency of the electricity and gas networks will help companies in and out of the energy industry to make investment decisions more intelligently. Crucially it can support emerging markets and help projects like new renewables sites or electric vehicle fleets connect to the networks.”
The ENA is working with Ordnance Survey (OS) and 1Spatial to build the map, which will be able to inform customers as to asset ownership and locations. The project builds on recommendations by the government’s Energy Data Taskforce.
Munir Ismet, managing director of Ordnance Survey Geospatial Solutions, added that "combining our accurate geospatial information with our expertise in data management to deliver a dynamic and trusted platform which will enable the greater sharing of critical information".
"Both in the UK and internationally we are seeing location data helping to tackle environmental challenges and supporting the drive towards net zero. We are delighted to be supporting this exciting project which will deliver significant benefits to the environment, utility sector and end customers."
The project follows the ENA highlighting the key role networks are set to play in the UK’s decarbonisation pathway in December, launching its own Ten Point Plan. Additionally in February, the association partnered Ofgem and distribution network operators to unlock up to £300 million for network upgrades that facilitate green technology.