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Regional Development Programmes

Regional Development Programmes are studies which look at the complex interaction between the distribution and transmission networks, also between different distribution networks. As part of the Energy Networks Association Open Networks project, we have undertaken different RDPs on different areas of our network. Please follow the links below to access further information.

  • The South West Regional Development Programme was completed in conjunction with National Grid. The South West is an area of the country with large amounts of solar generation on sunny spring and summer days but with low customer demand at these times. This means there are complex interactions between our distribution network and National Grid’s transmission network.

    An executive summary of the South West Regional Development Strategy can be found here.

    WPD NGESO RDP South West Peninsula Technical Report 
    This report summarises how detailed joint transmission and distribution network analysis showed benefits in understanding network security issues under conditions not previously experienced, and enabled the  investigation of a range of build and operational solutions to show under what conditions whole-system solutions could benefit both consumers and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) project developers.
    WPD NGESO Whole System Analysis Report 
    This report summarises the outcome of a joint whole-system study of an area of north Devon and north Cornwall, which sought to identify network issues as the Distributed Energy Resource (DER) levels increase; and find the most economical solution for consumers, taking into account distribution/transmission build and non-build solutions.
    WPD NGESO RDP Process Report
    This report sets out the processes that were followed to deliver the joint RDP work that is summarised in the South West Peninsula Technical Report and Whole System Analysis Report.