criteria, as set out in decision letter.
Timely connection of renewable generation at all levels of the network is key to
achieving the targets set out in The Carbon Plan. There is also a target for 500MW of
community based renewable generation for Scotland by 2020. The key objective of this
project is to facilitate more renewable generation connections onto the network in a
more efficient manner for the customers. The Carbon Plan highlights the need for
smarter methods to manage energy supply and demand. This project will identify the
issues and techniques required to facilitate the transition to a lower carbon network.
Through this project SPD have an environment which is representative of many of the
challenges that networks across GB will face in the future by already having a high
penetration of distributed generation, and a large pipeline of new connections. This will
enable other customers to benefit from the new processes which are trialled and new
technologies which are demonstrated.
It has been identified that there are shortfalls in the existing connection process as
highlighted by SPD statistics indicating that under 10% of applications result in actual
connections. Stakeholder workshops will identify necessary changes to the connections
process to improve the acceptance rate and so develop a new connections process.
This new connections process will then be trialled in order to determine if these
improvements are realised by increased amounts of generation being connected.
Novel commercial arrangements will be trialled to provide incentives for generators to
operate in conjunction with the new processes and technologies. This could involve
payments for generators who accept dynamic constraints or those providing additional
functions such as voltage control. This is expected to encourage new generators to
connect and will also provide benefits when it is possible to actively share network
The introduction of new technologies would enable changes to the deterministic design
rules in order to utilise the existing network capacity in a more flexible manner. The
network design can then be optimised around the characteristics of high levels of
renewable generation. The combination of new technologies and design practices is
expected to result in shorter timescales for the connection of generation. This will allow
a higher contribution from low carbon generation as identified by The Carbon Plan.
We expect the implementation of innovative solutions will also release additional
network capacity through the optmised use of the existing asset base, whilst reducing
network reinforcements and the associated disruption to local communities. This is
expected to deliver financial benefits to the customers through the reduced need for
traditional copper in the ground reinforcement methods. Other significant financial
benefits will be derived from the reduction in time to connect for generators which will
help advance the roll out of renewable generation.