Contents

  • 1. How will the TVV  “End Point Monitor” benefit me?
  • 2. What role do companies like GE, Kema, Honeywell, Reading University and EA Technology  play in the project?
  • 3. End Point Monitor Install Process
  • 4. What effect will low carbon Alternatives have on the network
  • 5. What is the Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF)?

1. How will the TVV  “End Point Monitor” benefit me?

Energy consumers are entered into a prize draw to win energy efficiency products.

The way use our electricity is changing.  There is an increasing amount of renewable and low carbon generation going into the network i.e heat pumps, electric cars etc

SSE want to support customers in the way they use energy whether it be more energy, less energy or installing renewables.  Doing this involves installing more cabling which in turn means digging up roads which is expensive.

To avoid digging up the roads we are trying to monitor and manage the network more efficiently.  We need to understand the network better in order to manage it more effectively.  If we understand more about what is going on in our network, we can balance the demand and generation better.  This in time will give cost savings to the business which would eventually be passed onto the customer.

The end point monitors will provide data which will help us understand what is happening in our network.

2. What role do companies like GE, Kema, Honeywell, Reading University and EA Technology  play in the project?

  • General Electric (Gross £11m; Net £8.4m) – Technical integration, ensuring the outputs of the project can be knitted into conventional DNO systems
  • Honeywell (Gross £2.7m; Net £2) – Provision of building management systems, including recruitment of commercial customers
  • University of Reading (Gross £2.5m; Net £1.9) – Statistical modelling, analysis and profiling of customer behaviours
  • KEMA Consulting (Gross £620k; Net £560k) – Development of the low carbon community advisory centre, including stakeholder engagement and website
  • EA Technology (Gross £1.1m; Net £1m) – Development of technical policies, procedures and training to embed the outputs in UK DNO business as usual
  • Bracknell Forest Council – Support and input in the development and integration of local planning with DNO planning and investment

You can also visit our ‘Partners’ page under the ‘Our Project’ section.

3. End Point Monitor Install Process

  • SSEPD will install an “end point monitor” next to the existing meter in the customer’s property.  It will be attached to the incoming electricity cable BEFORE the meter.
  • This monitor will gather information and data throughout each day about the electrical energy that enters and leaves the customers property.
  • SSEPD will electronically gather this information and use it to understand how energy flows around the electricity network to predict what future energy use might look like and to trial alternative ways of managing the electricity network.
  • The end point monitors will be installed during the last few months of 2012 and into 2013.  SSEPD will be gathering data up to April 2017 and may wish to remove the monitor from the customers property before this date
  • Bulk mailing has been sent to over 15000 electricity consumers in the Thames Valley area to promote the NTVV project and encourage the adoption of a monitor being installed at their property.  The customer will ultimately choose weather they have a monitor installed in their home and can also ask for it to be removed at any time.  The installation and removal times will be agreed with the customer.  Permission will also be asked to use the energy data for research purposes.
  • After installation, this equipment should not affect the customers electricity supply.

4. What effect will low carbon Alternatives have on the network

Solar and Wind Micro generation

Solar power can cause unexpected power flows on the network.  Load flows on the network to becoming more dynamic.  This will disrupt the predictability and reliability of demands and profiles that have been evolved over the last 50 years.

The network was also built to manage a one way flow of power from large power stations. Micro Generation such as solar will add a two way power flow on the network.

The electricity output from solar and other renewables like wind is variable, will present a particular challenge.

There is an increase in consumers also becoming producers. Power will be generated much more widely by homes, businesses and communities from low carbon technologies including solar power and small-scale wind.

Networks will need to allow operators to sense power generation from multiple sources, and manage two-way flows of electricity without damage to equipment or disruption to supply.

Electric Cars (EVs)

This will add to the increasing demand on the network.

Solar Water Heating

This will have little effect on the network.  The carbon footprint of the home would be decrease but there will no direct effect on the network.

Heat Pumps (HVs)

Heat pumps require large amounts of energy to operate and will add additional stress to the network capacity.

5. What is the Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF)?

What we are trying to do is guarantee a sustainable and secure energy future for the customer.  We must plan and develop our networks to support the change in customers behaviours (increased electrification of heating and transport and microgeneration).  We are trying to minimise the investment in replacing huge sections of the networks assets.  This costs billions when we could manage what we already have more efficiently.  This is what we are trying to do.

Benefits

Through proving we can manage our network more efficiently in the rise of the low carbon future the customer will beneit the following:

  1. Few supply interuptions (outages or power cuts)
  2. Better secuirity of supply
  3. Energy prices will be kept affordable – If TVV project wasn’t to be studied, the network would need digging up and replacing costing billions which would make energy prices very high to the consumer
  4. Sustainable energy future is more garanteed