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UK Power Networks launches open data portal in quest for decarbonisation

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UK Power Networks Online Data Portal

UK Power Networks has launched a new online data portal that delivers greater visibility of the DNO’s assets. The hope is that the new portal will help the country in the transition to net zero. 

Using open data sets, UK Power Networks hopes that the platform will help everyone from local authorities to electric vehicle chargepoint installers, renewable energy generators, flexibility providers and anyone with an interest in low carbon technology come up with new solutions to save money and benefit customers.

The online portal brings together thousands of datasets from a vast range of sources to provide visibility of what assets the network operator has, where they are, what capacity they have and how they are utilised. 

It includes details of nearly 1,000 large-scale energy generation sites connected across London, the South East and East of England in a range of maps and tables.

The website also features more than 2,000 data records of smaller Low Carbon Technology connections – like EV chargers and household solar panels. Users will be able to layer different datasets to create bespoke maps. Other network information on the site includes the Long-Term Development Statement, Earthing and Soil data.

UK Power Networks believes there are a variety of ways that the data could be useful to others, including: 

  • Helping local authorities to create data-driven plans for reaching Net Zero emissions
  • Supporting low carbon technology operators such as electric vehicle chargepoint installers, renewable energy generators and battery storage operators who can now save time and money in locating their equipment
  • Enabling greater collaboration between local authorities, housing developers, the electricity distribution network and national transmission network
  • Researchers, academics, and industry analysts will also be able to use the platform to create fresh data models and forecasts.

UK Power Networks is the first network operator in the UK to publish all its datasets via a portal covered by a standard open data licence – meaning anyone can use them. The datasets will have Application Programming Interfaces so users can automatically connect to data sources and get live updates.

This new portal represents an important step in the company’s ‘Enabling Open Energy Data’ initiative, which sees UK Power Networks partnering with the Open Data Institute, ODI Leeds, Regen and Opendatasoft, and which forms a key component of the company’s plans to enable Open Energy, Open Innovation and its own plans in contributing to the delivery of Net Zero.

Matt Webb, Head of Enterprise Data at UK Power Networks, commented, “We are taking the effort away from end-users in accessing and consuming network and asset data, and in the process fostering a community of open data users who can share and potentially collaborate together. The industry has told us there is huge demand for an advanced, accessible and scalable open data platform. This is just the start, and we’re looking forward to continuing to grow the platform.”

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