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SSEN targets greater collaboration with Whole System Register publication

The Whole System Register is to support cost-effective and timely decarbonisation. Image: SSEN

The Whole System Register is to support cost-effective and timely decarbonisation. Image: SSEN

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution has set out its full portfolio of innovation and business as usual activities which are helping to move towards net zero.

This has been detailed in its Whole System Register, with the distribution network operator (DNO) adopting a whole systems approach to working with stakeholders throughout and beyond the energy sector.

This new register will allow SSEN’s stakeholders to gain a clear understanding of the work the business is doing and where they could engage, the company said.

It added that identifying synergies with third parties builds opportunities to deliver cost-effective and timely decarbonisation, referencing how renewable electricity generation and the uptake of low carbon technologies such as electric vehicles and heat pumps are "posing new demands on the network".

“The Whole System Register will be a powerful tool for stakeholders who want to understand our role in reaching net zero and how they can work with us. Cross-sector collaboration can secure efficiencies in the roll out of infrastructure to support decarbonisation and the transparency that this Register offers is a crucial part of that," said Adam Bain, strategic lead for DSO at SSEN.

The register is to be updated annually, with regular assessments made by SSEN throughout the year to ensure relevant recommendations from stakeholders are captured.

It comes at a time of increased collaboration and transparency within the DNOs, with collaboration a key focus of the Energy Networks Association's (ENA) Open Networks Project this year.

Meanwhile, a standardised contract for flexibility services has been developed by the ENA, and in April it launched a flexibility measurement tool designed to improve DNO visibility and consistency.

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