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Green Recovery

The call for evidence is now closed. We will now be progressing into the next stage which is the DNO / Ofgem / Government review period. 

Through the ENA, GB Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) are launching a 6 week call for evidence for sites in each distribution network area where there is expected to be significant green activity. This evidence will be used to identify areas for quick deployment of network investment between 2021 - 2023. The call for evidence is open to all stakeholders (public and private) and technologies that are ready to be delivered and support the net zero transition.

The UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments have ambitious plans to put the nation and local communities at the forefront of delivering a net zero carbon economy.  Delivering net zero will mean substituting many of the fossil fuels we use today for clean renewable energy sources, generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar.  We are already seeing the transition from petrol and diesel vehicles to those powered by batteries with electricity coming from the grid. Increasingly we are going to see the use of electrically powered heat pumps as one of the key technologies which can replace traditional fossil fuel heating systems, alongside other potential solutions such as green gas.

At the request of Government and Ofgem, the industry has undertaken an assessment for strategic electricity network investment to support a Green Recovery, particularly to identify locations where a lack of local network capacity is restricting development, including the adoption of Low Carbon Technologies. 

Evidence will be gathered throughout the six-week call period and used to determine which of the distribution network operator sites (or additional sites that are proposed as suitable) meet the core criteria:

Utilisation (e.g. how much of the capacity might be used in the near term)

Deliverability (e.g. how quickly infrastructure and solutions could be completed)

Value for money (including wider societal benefits that can be achieved).

 



Green Recovery Map

The map shows geographic areas where we have identified (using the criteria described in the Call for Evidence) a potential need for strategic investment in our electricity network to enable ‘green recovery’ projects to proceed over the next 2 -3 years. The map shows the areas that could benefit from these investments and are based on the distribution areas of the substations named on the map. We need further evidence from stakeholders, to enable us to short list which projects in these areas proceed.

The type of network reinforcement proposed in these areas varies but includes new or upgraded substations (ranging from smaller 11kV to larger 33kV and 132kV substations), as well as investment to upgrade the existing circuits (cables and overhead lines) connecting these substations to the wider electricity distribution network. Some of the projects will also create new high voltage assets and effectively bring the WPD network physically closer to areas where we know there is significant interest in green investment, but where the capacity of our network is more limited at present.


Green Recovery map

This map shows the geographical areas in which we have identified a potential need for strategic investment in our electricity network.

For clarity, any schemes to upgrade our overhead 132kV sub-transmission lines between National Grid substations are not shown, as these often cover very large geographic areas. 

Launch map


Events

South West Green Recovery webinar

  • 18/02/2021 11:00
  • Zoom

Please click here to view the presentation from the webinar, you can view the view using the link below. 

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South Wales Green Recovery webinar

  • 18/02/2021 14:00
  • Zoom

Please click here to view the presentation from the webinar, you can view the view using the link below. 

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East Midlands Green Recovery webinar

  • 19/02/2021 11:00
  • Zoom

Please click here to view the presentation from the webinar, you can view the view using the link below. 

View the webinar

West Midlands Green Recovery webinar

  • 19/02/2021 14:00
  • Zoom

Please click here to view the presentation from the webinar, you can view the view using the link below. 

View the webinar


Frequently Asked Questions

The below list of FAQs has been compiled by ENA. Please do not hesitate to contact your local DNO or ENA if you have any further questions. To contact us please use the contact information at the bottom of this page or email wpdgreenrecovery@westernpower.co.uk.


My project will not be ready for the proposed ENA Green Recovery scheme timeline, how do I avoid missing out?

The aim of this project is to support the Green Recovery by targeting investment in networks where there is expected to be significant green activity in the next year or two. Projects which are not able to meet the timeline in this CfE will not miss out, with the opportunity to submit their evidence to DNOs for inclusion in the RIIO-ED2 business plans, which will be submitted to Ofgem and cover investment in the networks over the period 2023-2028.

What are the most important criteria in your assessment of what will be funded? How are they weighted?

The process for selecting sites is discussed in Section 3 of this document. This Call for Evidence is part of the overall network planning for DNOs, and will allow further evidence to be collected from stakeholders to further justify investment in that area of the network.

What type of projects will succeed in this scheme?

The process for selecting sites is discussed in Section 3 of this document. We are looking for shovel-ready projects that will support the Green Recovery and address key Government policies such as net zero and the decarbonisation of transportation.

Will an existing in-progress project be able to apply for a retrospective refund of infrastructure works?

No – this funding is aimed at new projects that are struggling to be justified due to network infrastructure costs, rather than those that can or have already been paid for.

If I have recently accepted a connection offer but no works have yet started, can those be suspended whilst the project is considered under this funding arrangement?

No – this funding is aimed at new projects that are struggling to be justified due to network infrastructure costs, rather than those that can or have already been paid for.

There are a number of options for connection point(s) of our project – is the help available to assess these to decide which to put forward for funding?

All DNOs are available for a bilateral discussion on potential projects, to help with decision making as to the best point of connection to the network. Please approach the relevant DNO accordingly.

What exactly will the funding cover? Will it cover my equipment costs?

The funding that Ofgem will make available to networks will be used to invest in the networks. This reinforcement will be targeted in areas with significant green activity, and can be thought of as strengthening the networks and/or bringing the network closer to 3rd party (green) projects, which in turn will reduce the cost of connection for those projects. The funding will not cover the costs of the 3rd party project/equipment, nor the sole-use connection assets.

It is unlikely that I will be able to obtain all of the Land Rights and/or Planning Permission for my site within the 6 week CfE period – will I be penalised and miss out?

Not necessarily – it is not compulsory to have Land Rights and/or Planning Permission fully agreed by the time this CfE closes. However, the more information and evidence that you can provide to us the better. If this information exists, it will further evidence the fact that your scheme is shovel-ready or can be quickly deployed, which is one of the key aims of this Green Recovery scheme.

When does my scheme have to be completed? Is it required to be finished by the end of RIIO-ED1?

No – there is no end-date requirement for stakeholder schemes, however we are looking for committed stakeholders who have shovel-ready schemes that can be quickly deployed to support the Green Recovery. The intention is that the majority of the network investment is completely by the end of ED1 though.



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Green Recovery call for evidence, Corporate Communications, Western Power Distribution, Feeder Road, Avonbank, Bristol, BS2 0TB