Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Transmission submitted its A Network for Net Zero Business Plan to Ofgem on 9 December. It sets out plans for the future of the north of Scotland electricity transmission system for the period from April 2021 to March 2026. It contains a “Certain View” of the next price control period, which makes an investment case for a minimum total expenditure of £2.4bn over the RIIO-T2 period.
The submission of the plan follows consultation with national and local stakeholders as well as SSEN Transmission’s independent expert RIIO-T2 User Group.
It aims to support both the UK and Scottish Governments’ net zero emissions targets and meet the expectations expressed by stakeholders. By 2026, SSEN Transmission will aim to:
- Deliver an electricity network with the capacity and flexibility to accommodate 10GW – enough to power 10mn homes.
- Strive for 100% transmission network reliability for homes and businesses.
- Provide every network connection on time and on budget.
- Reduce the controllable greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 33%.
- Deliver £100mn in efficiency savings from innovation.
Rob McDonald, Managing Director for SSEN Transmission, said: “We believe our Business Plan represents a balanced package that makes a powerful case for the vital investment needed to deliver a pathway net zero. It will also lead to improved network reliability, at an affordable cost to consumers, whilst also providing a fair return to investors.”