Britain’s electricity and gas network operators have joined forces to launch a proof-of-concept project using data to support a more efficient path to net zero.
On 18 February, the Energy Networks Association (ENA) announced that it is working with Ordnance Survey (OS) and 1Spatial to build an in-depth digital system map of the UK’s energy system. It will included data from Britain’s electricity and gas networks, providing customers with information about energy network assets, where they are located and who owns them. This should significantly improve investment decisions, support new markets, such as the UK’s local flexibility market, while also helping to bring new renewable connections to the energy networks.
Having a fully integrated, scalable and secure data sharing platform will also serve as a first step towards developing a full National Energy System Map, including network assets, generators and energy intensive users.
Dan Clarke, Head of Innovation at ENA, said: “This ground-breaking project proves how we can harness the power of data 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.”