Project Perspectives: Q&A with Geoff Murphy, SP Energy Networks


06 Nov Project Perspectives: Q&A with Geoff Murphy, SP Energy Networks

SP Energy Networks (SPEN) is amongst the top four most innovative utilities companies in Europe, with innovation delivering an estimated £70m in customer benefits. Innovation is strongly embedded in its culture and the network is hungry to find ways of turning trials into practical applications for customers.

Earlier this week, we caught up with Geoff Murphy, technology development manager at SPEN to get his thoughts on Project Futurewave.

  1. What are the benefits of Project Futurewave to your network?

If Futurewave delivers what we hope it will, then it will benefit SPEN as a DNO in a number of ways. By bringing communities together on a digital platform, it will enable us to work more closely with our customers to ensure we provide them with the best energy solutions to meet their energy needs. Futurewave also has the potential to reduce the number of rejected connection requests received – by clustering multiple community requests together, SPEN will be able to deliver the optimum network solutions for our customers.

  1. Specifically, how do you think Futurewave will benefit customers?

It will make the energy market transparent to them and will ‘hold their hand’ through the delivery of their energy solutions. It will also facilitate the uptake of more community energy projects that will directly benefit customers.

  1. How could Futurewave help drive future innovation?

Futurewave has the potential to facilitate community energy schemes that will require technical and commercial innovation from all parties involved.

  1. In the future, where do you believe Futurewave can have the greatest impact?
  • Off gas grid communities
  • Clustered generator communities
  • DNO connections businesses
  1. And finally, what four words would you use to describe Project Futurewave? 
  • Ambitious
  • Social
  • Scalable
  • Sustainable
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