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Smarter Grid Solutions agrees new enterprise licence with UK utility giant Western Power Distribution

Press Release   •   Sep 14, 2018 15:12 BST

Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) announced today that it has agreed a new enterprise licence deal with Western Power Distribution (WPD), the UK’s largest electricity distribution utility company by area. This will enable WPD to deploy Smarter Grid Solutions’ world-leading ANM Strata software across its entire network area in South Wales, the South West and the East and West Midlands.

ANM Strata is a highly flexible and scalable Distributed Energy Resource Management System (DERMS) software platform for wide-area coordination and control. This unique approach to DERMS, using Active Network Management (ANM) technology, delivers look ahead preventative and real-time corrective control in one comprehensive platform. This combination of control methods means that ANM Strata can deliver an unparalleled level of grid or market optimization across multiple time horizons. ANM Strata is used by distribution utilities, such as WPD, to manage network hosting capacity, implement flexibility services, deploy microgrids and optimise grid operations.

The implementation of ANM Strata will enable smarter control and quicker connection of renewable energy assets in each of WPD’s network regions, adding to Smarter Grid Solutions’ growing number of live systems globally. ANM Strata also provides a platform for advanced Distribution System Operator (DSO) functionality.

Brent Marshall, Chief Operating Officer of Smarter Grid Solutions, said “This new agreement marks a major change in how utilities are deploying our software as they roll-out our products to meet their customers’ demands. The licence provides WPD with a platform to also meet emerging and future system needs, including management of battery storage and electric vehicle charging”. 

About SGS

Smarter Grid Solutions is a world-leading technology company formed in 2008 as a spin-out from the University of Strathclyde. Over nine years Smarter Grid Solutions has grown to a worldwide company with offices in Glasgow, London and New York and has enabled the grid connection and active management of over 250 MW of renewable generation.

About ANM Strata

ANM Strata is Smarter Grid Solutions’ world-leading enterprise solution for utilities and renewable generation operators. With its unique real-time control platform it delivers sub-second, precise control of renewable and other energy assets across a wide area from a centralised location.

About ANM Element

ANM Element is Smarter Grid Solutions’ local control solution managing a smaller number of low carbon technologies in a local area in both local grid connection management and behind-the-meter operating modes. ANM Element can also integrate seamlessly into an ANM Strata system for wider asset control.