Gas Networks: evolving and adapting to change
Gas networks use location-based solutions for instant, informed decision-making and data-sharing at all levels. This results in the ability to respond flexibly to the changing environment and improve operational performance at the same time.
A new role for gas
As the energy mix changes so the role of gas is evolving. Intermittent renewable sources mean that capacity needs to flexibly adjust in response to changing load and supply conditions. Right now, open and combined cycle gas plants are the most economic way to deliver this flexibility. The emergence of biogas production will also require changes in the grid and distribution networks. Meanwhile gas remains the dominant fuel for domestic purposes.
The UK Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) have a twin challenge:
- Evolving to the decarbonisation of the industry.
Adapting to the RIIO regulatory regime by increasing innovation and customer engagement whilst delivering Ofgem’s required ‘outputs’ and keeping costs low.
Put geographic intelligence at the heart of your enterprise
Simultaneous delivery on all these fronts means the need for a tight handle on business process and operations is stronger than ever before. The knowledge base is key and geographic intelligence underpins it all.
Anchoring existing data to a geographic location means instant, informed decision-making and data-sharing at all levels of the organisation. Advanced GIS simply and effectively unlocks the full potential of existing data. It makes operationally valuable intelligence available to more people when and where it’s needed most.
The result? The ability to respond flexibly to the changing environment and improve operational performance.
The National Grid is saving £millions by transforming its gas distribution front office.
A new connection is the beginning of the customer journey. Wales and West Utilities uses GIS to get customers quotes faster.