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SSE partners Bluestone Energy for smart city project

SSE's Smart Cities Platform. Image: SSE.

SSE's Smart Cities Platform. Image: SSE.

SSE has teamed up with service provider Bluestone Energy for a smart city project in the Thames Valley area.

The project will look at the implementation of smarter renewable technology solutions to reduce energy costs, improve the resilience of supply and ‘future proof’ the energy supply for customers.

It will use solar PV, battery storage, trading and EV hubs the companies said, to help ‘pioneer’ the conversion of existing cities.

Nigel Jones, senior partner of Bluestone Energy, said this was a “very exciting and pivotal time” for the energy market, with the need to transition to a “smarter, cleaner and more resilient network” providing opportunities.

“Clients have historically viewed network assets to be a ‘fit and forget’ commodity, however, with the increasing demands for power and information data it is important to include a smart energy solution to meet with growing market requirements.

“Our strategic partnership with SSE allows us to offer clients a broad array of professional smart solutions that are market leading and key for future sustainability. ‘’

Together with SSE, Bluestone Energy is intending to build, develop, fund, own and operate smart city solutions around the UK.

Andy MacPherson, director of smart cities and places at SSE, said Bluestone Energy was “ideally placed” to support the government's net zero target.

“SSE are delighted to be working with such an innovative and forward-thinking company. We look forward to a very successful partnership where we can support clients in achieving their carbon ambition, reduce costs and deliver solutions which will drive greater efficiencies in energy supply.”

SSE is involved in a number of smart city projects, including the £2 million Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure Project, which is being led by Peterborough Council. Announced in July, it is aiming to cut energy bills and provide green heat, electricity and transport.

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