An incentive scheme is set to be launched by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution for flexibility service providers.
The “Flexibility First” programme will be vital in balancing the energy grid which in turn allows distribution network operator (DNOs) to prioritise investment for network reinforcement. This can also help connect low carbon technologies to the grid in a much quicker and efficient manner.
SSEN has proposed the incentive scheme encouraging market participants who pre-qualify on the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) before 30 November 2022, with £500 to join.
“We are committed to growing local flexibility markets to help balance our network,” said Gavin Stewart, flexible solutions manager at Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks.
“This incentive scheme demonstrates our commitment to encouraging new participants into the expanding flexibility market, particularly those who might otherwise not consider the possibilities and benefits that distribution flexibility markets offer.
“We want to make it easy and worthwhile for providers to take the first step. I and my team are always here to answer questions and offer support. I hope this and the incentive scheme will encourage many new participants.”
The incentive scheme follows on from Electricity North West calling on stakeholders earlier this week to help shape its first ever distribution flexibility procurement consultation.
The consultation is aiming to give stakeholders a voice in developing flexibility markets by seeking feedback on its process for signposting, procuring, dispatching and settling flexible services.
SSEN Distribution also announced a new tender for 70MW of flexibility capacity this year, with the firm anticipating a local network to become overloaded in central southern England.
To cater for this, the network operator is seeking contracts in 16 zones with a total value estimated at £6.7 million.