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UKPN and SSEN celebrate innovation partnership

The network operators have agreed to share innovation solutions to deliver better customer service. Image: SSEN.

The network operators have agreed to share innovation solutions to deliver better customer service. Image: SSEN.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution and UK Power Networks (UKPN) have celebrated an innovation partnership that they say will deliver better outcomes for customers.

Under the agreement, the distribution network operators have agreed to share learning and examples of best practice, deliver a programme of innovation projects more efficiently and innovate in day-to-day business operations areas in the next price control period (RIIO-ED2).

This continues a longstanding innovative partnership between both operators who supply a combined of more than 12 million customers, such as Project Skyline, which was launched in October 2020.

The DNOs have an established relationship that is already delivering benefits for customers by increasing efficiencies such as SSEN’s Active Network Management system for Orkney, where constraints in the network were alleviated to support flexible connections and allow more renewable energy onto the network.

Stewart Reid, head of future networks at SSEN, said: “During the next decade, our electricity networks will undergo the most significant structural change since the formation of the National Grid. We face challenges of more extreme weather, a cost crisis that is increasing vulnerabilities within the communities we serve and the urgent need to ready our network for net zero.”

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