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SPEN Preparing for Net Zero August 2021 Newsletter

Dear Mark

Please find below the August 2021 edition of the SP Energy Networks ICE monthly newsletter highlighting the important work we are doing to Prepare for Net Zero.

EV – SP Energy Networks Apprentices Rise to Fuel Change Challenge

Six SP Energy Networks apprentices reached the final stage of the Fuel Change nationwide competition with their idea for an innovative mobile app which incentivises people to use green public transport such as electric buses. They proposed Clean Commute, a mobile app which allows users to accumulate reward points for every journey on low carbon public transport.

To learn more about our apprentice’s innovation, click here.

Heat – Heat Up

SP Energy Networks are using the industry leading tool to predict the uptake of low carbon forms of heating in the areas which we serve. Heat Up, a Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) funded project, will increase visibility of low carbon technology uptake and help us predict what reinforcement is needed on our network.

The decarbonisation of heating in our homes will be a huge step towards the UK’s goal of net zero by 2050 and in Scotland by 2045, and SP Energy Networks will play a key role in achieving these targets. The learnings from this project will be a key enabler for the transition to electrified heat both now and well into the future.

The Heat-Up tool will also help governments and local authorities better understand the scale of investment required to meet the ambitious decarbonisation of heat targets that have been set, including the installation of up to 600,000 heat pumps per year in the UK by 2028.

You can learn more about Heat Up here.

Flexibility – ENA’s Flexibility Consultation

We are delighted to be a part of developing an emerging market in the energy sector which will be a critical part of us reaching the UK's ambitious net zero targets.

We'll shortly be sharing the results of our spring flexibility services tender, and launching our autumn tender in the coming months. In the meantime, we encourage our stakeholders to respond to the ENA's flexibility consultation, open until 24th September 2021, to help us shape the future of this market.

For more information, click here.

You can learn more about how we are using Flexibility for the benefit of our customers here.

Innovation – Leading the Way to Net Zero: SPM Partnerships and Innovation – A Blog by Liam O’Sullivan

You can read SPM Director Liam O’Sullivan’s blog post where he discusses SP Energy Networks involvement in COP26. He also discusses the many innovation projects we are taking part of in the Manweb area, such as the Net Zero North West Cluster Plan, Protos, Ynys Mon Hydrogen Island, Angle-DC and much more.

Liam says ‘The wide range of projects we are leading on and collaborating on with partners in government and industry are positioning us firmly as a leader in the journey to Net Zero.

We proud to be playing our part in tackling climate change and will continue to highlight the great work we are doing in the lead up to COP26.’

To read Liam’s blog and learn more about the move to net zero, click here.

Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme (ALoMC)

SP Energy Networks are aiming to increase engagement with the Loss of Mains programme by making our information more accessible to customers.

Loss of Mains is a national programme aimed at generation owner who have assets between 10kW and 50MW capacity connected to the grid before February 2018. Due to new G59 protection setting laws, their assets may require changes to comply with new regulations, and funding is available for any upgrades required. Failure to comply before the deadline may result in disconnection from the grid.

Before the deadline of September 2022, all generation owners will need to have declared their compliance or completed an application with their local DNO.

To increase engagement and streamline the process for our customers, you can now find links to the Loss of Mains page on the central Getting Connected part of our website, which you can view here.

This will provide all the information customers need to start the process, including a list of approved contractors and contact details. Here we have also provided a link to the Futureproof Your Power website, which supports the application for funding process.

Kind regards,

Stakeholder & Community Engagement Team

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