PA Consulting Group has assisted UK Power Networks in winning a share of Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund (LCNF) for two major smart energy and smart grid projects in the 2013 competition for project funding. The company’s winning projects are “Flexible Urban Networks - Low Voltage” and “Vulnerable Customers and Energy Efficiency”.
Ofgem designed the £500m LCNF, which is in its fourth year, to enable the electricity Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) to trial innovative technology, operating and commercial arrangements on the electricity distribution networks. There are two tiers of funding available – these new projects are under Tier 2 which is an annual competition to win funding for larger projects.
PA helped UK Power Networks identify the two projects as well as providing management, energy sector and technical expertise to deliver the bids. PA’s input has so far helped the distributor win funding for its last four Tier 2 projects, representing a total project investment of over £42m. The previous winning projects were “Flexible Plug and Play” and “Smarter Network Storage”.
Marc Tritschler, energy expert, PA Consulting Group, said: “It has been fantastic working with UK Power Networks, from concept to delivery, to submit two further compelling bids which have secured such significant funding. The company has been particularly successful amongst the DNO community in winning competitive funding, showing the industry what can be achieved through innovation, and delivering value to customers in doing so.
Martin Wilcox, head of future networks at UK Power Networks added: “PA Consulting has provided valuable support in enabling UK Power Networks to maintain its 100 per cent winning record in the LCNF competitive bidding process.
“Our extensive innovation portfolio is now complemented by these two new projects that will start in earnest in the new year.”
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