National Grid licenses encoord’s SAInt software for integrated planning
National Gridto plan for the operational and economic challenges of meeting ambitious decarbonization goals.
Modeling and planning of energy networks have traditionally been done using a mix of separate tools and data. The addition of SAInt allows
- What is the impact of transferring load from gas customers to electric (i.e., what is the impact of electrifying gas customers) in terms of required network reinforcement costs and carbon intensity of the energy consumed by the customers?
- What are the economic and operational impacts of larger penetrations of distributed resources connected to the distribution grid on the transmission network?
- Where would investments in electrolyzers make economic sense, and what would their impacts on the electricity and gas networks be?
How can non-wire alternatives (NWA) and non-pipe alternatives (NPA), like storage technologies, increase system flexibility and reliability and displace the need for network reinforcements as
National Griddesigns strategies to achieve decarbonization?
To ensure a coordinated effort, encoord is currently training across National Grid’s planning teams. Electricity and gas planning teams are all benefiting from the use of a common planning platform. It will create new efficiency, transparency, and accuracy levels in National Grid’s planning processes.
“National Grid is committed to enabling and accelerating the transition to a clean energy future, while ensuring all customers and communities continue to have affordable and reliable options to heat their homes and run their businesses. To do this, a truly integrated plan between our gas and electric businesses is needed now more than ever. This tool will help us identify potential issues and system needs, and help our planners determine the most appropriate and cost effective solutions.”
“To our knowledge, using SAInt across National Grid’s planning departments represents the first time a major electricity and gas utility in the US gathers its electricity and gas planning teams to use an integrated planning platform. I am convinced this will be crucial for successful integrated planning and for the company to meet its ambitious decarbonization goals.
encoord Inc. provides software tools, data, and advisory services to help energy stakeholders plan for the energy transition. encoord’s core technology is the Scenario Analysis Interface for Energy Systems (SAInt), a software platform to model and plan energy networks and markets. encoord works with utilities, network operators, technology and project developers, regulatory agencies, and research organizations to solve operational and strategic challenges. With offices in the US and
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