Document

Report
Delivering
Energy
Innovations at
Scale
11.04.2013
Base Birmingham
Roger Hey – Future Networks Manager
KEY FACTS:
• Wholly owned by
Pennsylvania Power &
Light (PPL - NYSE listed)
Lincoln
Nottingham
Boston
Stoke-on-Trent
EAST MIDLANDS
Shrewsbury
•
4 UK Distribution Licences
Tipton
Birmingham
Coventry
WEST MIDLANDS
•
West
Wales
7.7 million customers
SOUTH WALES
Milton Keynes
East
Wales
Gloucester
Swansea
•
Cardiff
55,000 sq km area
Bristol
Mendip
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220,400km -Largest length
UK network
Barnstaple
Somerset
SOUTH WEST
Torquay & Exeter
Bodmin
Redruth
Plymouth
THE ELECTRICITY NETWORK
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CORE ELEMENTS OF OUR PLAN
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Replace and repair equipment due to age and condition
Inspect and maintain existing equipment
Connect new commercial and domestic customers
Transition to a low carbon future – connecting Distributed Generation
and emerging technologies
 Deliver further improved network performance and customer service
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NETWORK CHALLENGES PRESENTED BY
TRANSITION TO A LOW CARBON FUTURE
 WPD will need to be able to
accommodate significant volumes of:
– Local generation (e.g. solar PV &
wind)
– Low carbon demand (e.g. Electric
Vehicles (EVs) & heat pumps)
 Networks are not currently designed
to accommodated these loads on
high volumes/clusters
PV installations projection:
Heat Pumps projection:
 Considerable uncertainty about
uptake – volume, location & network
impact
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INNOVATION STRATEGY
WPD’s Innovation Strategy – To facilitate the delivery of UK carbon objectives,
making best use of new technologies and responding to the needs of our
customers by:
 Providing innovative solutions to increase the utilisation of the network whilst
maintaining a high quality of supply
 Developing concepts through to BAU solutions whilst ensuring compatibility with
the existing network
 Sharing our learning with the wider DNO community and other interested
stakeholders
Stages of innovation
Overall, we aim to provide efficient networks that are cost effective and reliable
for our customers both today and in the future
R&D
First of a kind
Replication
Research and proof-ofconcept technology
development
Specific area of network
identified, possibly driven by
customer request
Multiple areas of network
proactively identified based
on first stage results
On-going engagement with customers
Business as usual
Policies established for
planning teams to
implement technology as
business as usual
Tier 1
LV Sensor
“Best Buy”
Report
SoLa BRISTOL
Voltage
Control
Demonstration
Project
Electric
Boulevards
FLEXGRID
Future Networks Programme
Lincolnshire
Low Carbon
Hub
FALCON
LV Network
Templates
Community
Energy Action
Tier 2
Interconnect
WPD + NGC
SCADA
Seasonal
Generation
Deployment
Networks
Customer
Performance
Demonstrating
alternative investment
strategies to facilitate
the UK’s Low Carbon
Transition
Testing innovative
solutions to make it
simple for customers
to connect Low Carbon
Technologies
Developing new
operational practices
and identifying service
improvement
opportunities
Stakeholder Engagement and Knowledge Management
Fault Current
Measurement
Device
Community
Smart Grid –
Smart Hooky
Early learning
from LV estate
PV cluster
PV impact on
Suburban
networks
Network
Management
on Isles of
Scilly
FlexDGrid Project
Three integrated Methods leading to quicker and cost effective customer
connections through a timely step change in the enhanced understanding,
management and mitigation of distribution network Fault Level
Enhanced
Assessment
• Enhanced network models
• Detailed understanding of network Fault Level
Management
• Monitoring Fault Level (Steady-state)
• Measuring Fault Level (Faulted-state)
• Verify/Update network models
Mitigation
• Reduction of system Fault Level
• Utilised from output of Management
Each Method can be applied on its own whilst the integration of the three
Methods combined will provide a system level solution to facilitate the connection
of additional generation
Thank you listening
NOTICE FOR STAKEHOLDERS
• Please get involved in our business plan
consultation
• 6 workshops being held in April:
– April 17th - Nottingham (Trent Bridge Cricket
Ground)
– April 18th – Birmingham (Birmingham
Botanical Gardens)
– April 23rd – Cheltenham (Cheltenham
Racecourse)
– April 24th – Exeter – (Exeter Racecourse)
– April 25th – Cardiff – (Millennium Centre)
– April 26th – Bristol (Bristol Zoo)
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More information ? Come speak to us or
contact: Alex Wilkes, Stakeholder Engagement
Officer [email protected]
www.westernpowerinnovation.co.uk

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