Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been awarded two key projects by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) that will be key to understanding the future of low carbon networks. 

With an increasing call for the electrification of transport and heat, in the first piece of work WSP will develop a model that will assess the impact of low carbon technologies (LCTs) on the UK’s electricity networks under various uptake scenarios, based on the Future Energy Scenarios (FES).

The model will inform which solutions and approaches will facilitate the connection of large scale adoption of LCTs, whilst minimising the cost to customers. It will also be extendable to consider which LCTs may impact the networks in the future.  One of the outcomes of the project will be the development of a tool to allow the impact of LCT take up on the networks (from single phase distribution level to transmission level) to be modelled and understood.

“To enable mass roll-out of LCTs, the networks need to understand the impact on the electricity networks under various scenarios”, says Anna Ferguson, Power Systems Director at WSP. “We are thrilled to be able to support the ENA in providing a model that can benefit policy makers in understanding how existing network capacity may be optimised and to determine which solutions should be implemented for a low carbon future.”

Randolph Brazier, Head of Innovation at the ENA, which represents the “wires and pipes” transmission and distribution network operators for gas and electricity in the UK and Ireland, says, “Britain’s energy network companies are committed to building a smarter, cleaner and more flexible energy system, so the public can benefit from a whole new range of low carbon technologies at the lowest possible cost.

“These In-depth, technical research projects have a major role to play to helping network companies to understand the best possible way of creating those opportunities in a way the delivers system benefits for us all. We look forward to working with WSP in the months ahead.”

On the same framework, WSP has also been appointed to work with the ENA on the Distribution Losses Mechanism Study.  The objective of this project is to identify an effective losses incentive mechanism to be applied in the next price control period.

The mechanism will need to take into account the findings of previous work, including the uptake of low carbon technologies on losses, and the complexity in measuring losses.

“Both projects are key in understanding the impacts of Low Carbon networks and ensuring that the uptake of Low Carbon Technologies continues to be enabled”, continues Anna Ferguson. “We are excited to be commencing both of these projects and look forward to working closely with the ENA and its members in 2019.”


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About WSP

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 43,600 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.