SCOTTISH and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has secured more than £9.5 million from Ofgem’s Network Innovation Competition to deliver its new carbon-conscious project.

The Resilience as a Service (RAAS) project brings together procurement experts, Costain, and leading European utility, E.ON, and seeks to avoid carbon intensive standby generation, while supporting network reliability and resilience ­— particularly for remote and isolated networks.

The project is key in SSEN’s transition to a smarter, more flexible low-carbon network that cost effectively supports the Government’s net zero ambitions ­— the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming.

SSEN is committed to ensuring the transition is equitable, and works for the households, businesses and communities it serves.

When a fault occurs, stand-by generators are often utilised to maintain a customer’s electricity supply ­— but as these are diesel generators, faults increase the carbon intensity of a household’s electricity.

RAAS is seeking to ensure resilience can be supported by low-carbon solutions, by utilising a combination of innovative technologies including local renewables, energy storage, flexibility services and advanced network controls.

The project will last four years, and RAAS will develop a market-based solution to provide customers with a low-carbon, cost effective and secure electricity supply, even during faults.

Stewart Reid, SSEN head of future networks, said: “Maintaining a resilient network is central to our role as a network operator.

"Maintaining this resilience as we meet Net Zero ­— the UK’s contribution to stopping global warming ­— is only going to become harder unless we apply new methods.

"These methods need to take advantage of new partnerships, local renewables energy and advancements in the digital world.

"The awarding of this project is a significant step towards meeting this challenge, and we look forward to working with our partners, communities and other stakeholders in its detailed design and delivery."