The Thames Valley Vision (TVV) is a Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) project in partnership with other local, national and international businesses. The project is live for 5 years through to 31st March 2017.
The £30 million project is part of a £500 million program funded by the Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) run by Ofgem, the UK energy regulator. Other partners include GE, Honeywell, University of Reading, KEMA, EA Technology and Bracknell Forest Council.
SEPD provide the cables and substations that deliver electricity to homes and businesses in the Thames Valley area that account for just over one fifth of your total electricity bill, and TVV will allow SEPD to support a lower carbon, higher electricity consuming future, at the lowest possible cost.
TVV is based in Bracknell since the local network is due for major system upgrade before 2020. SEPD is seeking to identify more cost effective solutions than traditional network reinforcement, that will require new and larger substations to be built, and require disruptive works to dig up roads to lay more cables.
Bracknell and the Thames Valley is home to many large companies and the local network is typical of much of Britain’s network, and therefore the lessons we learn can quickly be applied nationwide.
To meet the LCNF objectives of facilitating low carbon solutions by trialing new technologies and practices, TVV will collect new data and develop sophisticated modelling to allow the operation and planning of networks to avoid costly system reinforcement – essentially to use what we have already got more efficiently!
Some of this will mean providing technologies that manage the way some consumers use their energy. Other methods will promote energy efficiency and renewable heat and electricity generation at your own properties. Ultimately these methods are designed to save you money.
The NTVV project will use an innovative system of :
a) Directly monitoring 250 energy consumers' usage
b) Using buddying techniques to estimate usage of similar properties amongst the remaining 30,000 houses in Bracknell.
Learning from the project will be formally published as part of learning and dissemination obligations.