Following early engagement with the renewables industry and key stakeholders, the Transmission business of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) is now seeking wider views on how it should best prepare its network for onshore wind repowering.
The North of Scotland Onshore Wind Repowering consultation paper forms part of SSEN’s wider scenario planning work in preparation for the expected RIIO-T2 price control period from 2021 – 2029. It has been developed following initial feedback from renewable developers, trade organisations and local and national government on expected levels of repowering in the north of Scotland. Following this first phase of work, SSEN is now seeking further views to test its assumptions and identify any further factors that should be considered as part of this work stream.
The publication of the onshore wind farm repowering consultation marks the first of four Future Energy Scenario (FES) consultation papers which SSEN will be engaging on during late 2017 and early 2018 to understand what its network requirements and challenges may be during the next price control period. Further consultation documents on Electric Vehicles, Generation and Storage and Heat and Energy Efficiency are also planned by the end of the year.
Senior Business Insights Analyst, Imran Mohammed, said:
“Preparation and planning will be the key driver in continuing to deliver a robust, efficient and resilient future network for our customers and stakeholders, and we intend to formally present all of the outcomes and learnings from the wider Future Scenario work in 2018 following feedback and analysis.
“The onshore wind repowering consultation is our first area of focus and will be crucial to ensure that we are well placed to manage any future requirements of our network. We would welcome all comments and feedback to help us confirm our assumptions ahead of progressing to a final position.”
If you would like to read and respond to SSEN’s onshore wind repowering scenario work, please click here.
The deadline for responses is midnight on 8 December 2017.