UK utility signs deal to optimise DER integration and control


UK utility Western Power Distribution has signed a deal with Smarter Grid Solutions to digitise its grid network.

The utility will deploy the solution provider’s ANM Strata software across its entire network in South Wales, the South West and the East and West Midlands.

The distributed energy resources management system will enable Western Power Distribution to unlock smarter grid control and help the utility to integrate and monitor renewable energy resources with the grid.

The system will help to manage network hosting capacity, implement flexibility services, deploy microgrids and optimise grid operations through predictive, preventative and real-time corrective control capabilities.

Brent Marshall, COO of Smarter Grid Solutions, said “This new agreement marks a major change in how utilities are deploying our software as they roll-out our products to meet their customers’ demands. The licence provides WPD with a platform to also meet emerging and future system needs, including management of battery storage and electric vehicle charging”.