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  • Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES)

  • Through the NINES project in Shetland we are introducing new methods to manage the electricity distribution network more effectively. The project has been developed by SSE in association with a range of local stakeholders, including Shetland Islands Council, Hjaltland Housing Association and Shetland Heat Energy and Power. This will allow renewable energy to play a bigger part in meeting Shetland’s energy needs.
    To achieve this we are using large and small scale energy storage solutions combined with an active network management (ANM) system to create a smart grid in Shetland, building on our experience of developing the Orkney Smart Grid. The project is also providing more comfortable and affordable heating through installation of smart electric heating systems in up to 750 houses. 


    Key aspects of the project include:

    • replacing old inefficient storage and water heaters in 1,000 homes with modern 'smart' storage heaters which help to balance the electricity network.;
    • adding a new electric boiler to the existing district heating system, which will be associated with the proposed medium-scale Gremista wind farm;
    • deploying new technology on the network that will allow more small scale renewable generators to connect to the network;
    • introducing new commercial arrangements to encourage businesses to change the times at which they use most energy; and
    • installing a 1MW battery, part-funded by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, at Lerwick Power Station


    NINES will help us plan for the replacement of the existing Lerwick Power Station, which is nearing the end of its useful life, with a smaller station than would otherwise be required.

    Image showing the NINES overview of system architecture
  • Northern Isles New Energy Solutions (NINES) project in Shetland.

  • Link to the NINES site. Will open in a new page.