SP Energy Networks pledges to “revolutionise” electricity network with new project

SP Energy Networks (SPEN) has announced the installation of a project that, it says, will help to smooth the transition from traditional energy generation to renewable power.

On 29 October, SPEN explained that its Project Phoenix initiative will be trialled over the next 12 months at its Neilston substation in East Renfrewshire, with plans to roll out the technology across further locations upon the trial’s completion. It will seek to maintain system stability and support the increase of renewable generation, providing an innovative solution to help ensure a robust and resilient energy system that can adapt to meet the needs of customers both now and in future.

Phoenix is projected to cut network operating costs by between £53mn to £66mn, helping to reduce customer’s bills and minimise carbon footprint by around 62,000 tonnes.

SPEN has worked with Hitachi ABB Power Grids, National Grid ESO, the University of Strathclyde and the Technical University of Denmark on the project. Live trial data will be analysed before validating the commercial mechanisms for a wider rollout. Plans are in place to roll out the Phoenix technology within the RIIO T2 Price Control.