SSE Enterprise is stepping up its push to bring industrial and commercial firms into flexibility markets and ancillary services with the formal launch of its demand-side flexibility business, SSE Enhance.
The supplier’s enterprise division is also hoping to attract local authorities with flexible load and generation assets to its aggregation business, which uses Smarter Grid Solutions’ flexibility platform.
Suppliers have been pushing into distributed and flexible energy aggregation for several years, some with more success than others.
Launching an aggregation, optimisation and trading platform brings SSE into that arena. It means “we can offer the full solution – funding, deployment, management and now optimisation [of distributed assets]” said SSE Enterprise director of strategy & digital services, Stephen Stead.
Glasgow-based Smarter Grid Solutions claims some 1.3GW of renewable and distributed generation and storage is controlled by its platform in the UK and internationally. The firm is working with SSE on the InnovateUK-funded Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure flexibility project.