Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution has called for new renewable generation and storage connection applications to be added to its smart grid on Orkney. Set up in 2009, the company’s Active Networks Management (ANM) system on the islands was Britain’s first, allowing 21.8MW of renewable generation to be connected to the electricity network using smart grid implementation technology. By 2012, the system had reached its limit and SSEN had to suspend new connections while network upgrades were made. This includes a new 220MW transmission link between Orkney and mainland Scotland, which was granted conditional approval by Ofgem in September 2019. Thanks to development of the ANM system that has now been completed, SSEN can release additional capacity on the distribution network from Wednesday 23 September.
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