SSEN transmission accelerates Net Zero progress with new data portal

By: Chloe Emanuel

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21/05/2024 SSEN Transmission

SSEN Transmission has partnered with Opendatasoft to launch a new data portal aimed at streamlining the integration of renewable energy sources into the UK's transmission network. Announced at Utility Week Live, the portal is a key component of SSEN Transmission's digitalisation programme, making critical data more accessible to stakeholders including communities, customers, innovators, academics, and renewable energy developers.

The portal currently provides data on network infrastructure such as overhead lines, towers, pylons, and substations, as well as network usage details like transmission circuits. This information is available in multiple licensed formats through secure self-service features, eliminating the need for direct data requests to SSEN Transmission.

Covering the North of Scotland, SSEN Transmission's network supports a substantial and growing array of renewable energy sources, including wind, hydro, and marine generation. The company's Pathway to 2030 programme outlines plans to expand the electricity transmission network to accommodate up to 40 GW of renewable projects by 2050.
Opendatasoft was chosen for its extensive experience in the energy sector, ease of management, and the portal's robust features, including data visualisation and intuitive search capabilities. The portal currently handles 13,000 monthly API calls across 23 datasets.

“Connecting new renewable energy projects to our network efficiently is crucial for decarbonising the UK's energy supply,” said Alex Stuart, Head of Data Management at SSEN Transmission. “Our portal enhances this process by providing essential data to stakeholders, increasing network efficiency, and supporting a greener energy system.”
SSEN Transmission plans to expand the portal's capabilities to include data on marine cable routes, future energy scenarios, and system network regulation information.

Jean-Marc Lazard, CEO and co-founder of Opendatasoft, emphasized the importance of data sharing in achieving net zero goals. “Data portals are essential for building decentralised networks and driving the energy transition.”
Opendatasoft collaborates with major European energy players, including UK Power Networks, Enedis, Elia, EDF, E-REDES, and GRDF, to support their data initiatives.

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