Moving from a legacy analogue system to a modern, digitalised energy system, is a critical step in enabling the UK’s transition to net zero carbon emissions while keeping the lights on for customers. The availability and utilisation of good quality and accessible data is key. This means providing increased access to the right data at the right time within our organisation and through open access to our customers and interested stakeholders.
We welcome the Energy System Catapult’s Energy Data Taskforce report, setting out a number of expectations and recommendations, which has further sped up the digitalisation journey across the energy sector. Our strategy uses the five key recommendations as guiding principles to support digitalisation and drive value and visibility of data. We have benchmarked our current position, where we will be at the end of RIIO-ED1 and ED2 against these five key recommendations. This will enable a consistent approach to understanding our progress as we recognise it’s important to provide regular and purposeful updates of our progress.
Our Digitalisation Strategy is key to delivering change in how we plan, manage, and operate our network and interact with and provide data to customers and third-party system participants.
Our Digitalisation Strategy is built on three underpinning elements:
- Improved data management;
- Increased network insight and operation;
- Presumed open data.
These elements align to the Energy Data Taskforce report’s key approaches of filling the data gap and maximising the value of data to work towards a modern, digitalised energy system.
We recognise that improving our data and delivering our digitalisation commitments are key to:
- Further improving business efficiency;
- Driving enhanced performance;
- Turning data into information that benefits customers;
- Providing open data to market participants;
- Producing better insight into asset capability for customers; planning to connect new loads, storage, or generation;
- Developing new connection and service propositions.