Orkney ANM Live

Orkney ANM—Live provides real time information on the status of the Active Network Management System (ANM). It has been designed to help ANM generators understand when the system is operating as expected and when there may be faults. For more information on the project and how it works visit our project pages.

Orkney ANM - Live

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)


ANM in General

What is Active Network Management?
Active Network Management (ANM) is a system that allows managed connections. It uses real time network information to calculate safe levels of generation for managed connections in accordance with their commercial agreements and Principles of Access (PoA).
What is a managed connection?
A managed connection is offered when it is not economically viable to provide a generator with a firm connection. This will restrict the generator from putting power onto the electrical network at certain times. This is known as curtailment and the generator will have been given a curtailment assessment as part of the connection offer that they have accepted.
What is a firm connection?
A firm connection enables a generator to export power onto the electrical network without any restriction.
Why do I have to have a managed connection?
Managed connections have been offered on Orkney as an alternative to network reinforcement to allow quicker access for those generators trapped between the current network configuration and the upcoming network reinforcement.
What are the Principles of Access (PoA)?
The PoA is the mechanism by which the commercial arrangements are put in place to ensure the fair allocation of limited generation on the network. On the Orkney Islands, the Last in First off (LIFO) method has been used. The last generator to accept a connection offer is restricted before the first. This list of generators, ordered by their connection acceptance, is also referred to as the priority stack.
What are ANM zones?
To ensure the safe operation of the network it is divided into zones which represent constraint points in the network on account of the additional generation. The ANM system will intervene when real time information relayed back to it exceeds any of the limits at these points.
What are the constraint limits?
At each measurement point there are limits that inform the ANM system how to respond. These responses are set to either partially curtail one or many generators, fully curtail (stop) one or many generator, or to remove any curtailment previously imposed.
How do I tell if my generation is being curtailed?
The website does not identify the individual status of generators. You may be partially curtailed if your zone is Amber.
How do I tell if my generation is being stopped?
The website does not identify the individual status of generators but it does monitor communications at generator sites. If there is an indication that there is a communications fault to one or more generators then the Generator Site Issues column will be red for your zone. It could be a failure in your communications equipment and you should contact your local provider.
What could cause my generation to be restricted or stopped?
1. Loss of generator communications [Generator Site Issues = Red, action = operator to check comms]
2. A Breach of a limit on the network [ANM operation = Red or Amber no action required]
3. Loss of power to the generator site [Action = check website or call SHEPD 0800 300 999].
4. The generator may be placed out of service [ANM operation = Red no action required]
5. The associated measurement points being placed out of service [ANM operation = Red no action required]
6. The ANM system being placed out of service [Overall ANM Operation = Red no action required]
7. Failure of SHEPD equipment that is part of the ANM system [SHEPD equipment = Red, Action = tel. 0345 070 9356 or email ANM.operations@sse.com]
When should I contact SHEPD?
The ANM system informs the SHEPD network operators if there are any issues with the system. Therefore, there should be no need to contact SHEPD. If you feel there is the need to contact us please check the website beforehand.
How can I contact SHEPD?
If you have a general query about the scheme on the Orkney Islands please contact MCC@sse.com. Otherwise ANM generators can contact the customer service help desk (tel. 0345 070 9356 or email ANM.operations@sse.com), please ensure you have your MPAN number to hand and explain it relates to the Orkney ANM system. Service is provided 24/7 but resolution to issues will only be addressed during normal office hours (Mon - Fri).

ANM Operation Status

What does ANM operation mean?
The table distinguishes between normal expected ANM operation, SHEPD equipment failures and indications where there may be a fault with generator communications. Changes in ANM operation reflect the ANM system operating as expected.
My zone is ANM operation = Red?
One or more generators in the zone is being fully curtailed. This can be as a result of a breach of a limit, or a generator has failed to respond to an ANM signal to reduce its generation, or the ANM or associated measurement point has been put out of service. A measurement point may be placed out of service for network maintenance.
My zone is ANM operation = Amber?
One or more generator in the zone is being partially curtailed. This can be as a result of a breach of limit.
My zone is ANM operation = Green?
No generators in the zone are being curtailed.
All zones are ANM operation = Red?
All generators will be fully curtailed (stopped) if either of the subsea cables to the Orkney Islands fail, the ANM system may be placed out of service, or one of the main measurement points has been put out of service. A measurement point or the ANM system may be placed out of service for network management purposes.

SSEPD Equipment status

What does SHEPD equipment mean?
The table distinguishes between normal expected ANM operation, SHEPD equipment failures and indications where there may be a fault with generator communications. Changes in SHEPD equipment reflect potential issues with the ANM system that are the responsibility of SHEPD and the ANM system is not operating as expected. SHEPD will endeavour to resolve these as soon as they can.
My zone is SHEPD equipment = Red?
There has been a failure of some part of the SHEPD equipment in the ANM system. This could be as a result of a failure in the communications equipment. You may contact us.
My zone is SHEPD equipment = Green?
All SHEPD equipment related to the ANM is operating as expected.
All zones are SHEPD equipment = Red?
There has been a failure of some part of the SHEPD equipment in the ANM system that affects all zones. This could be as a result of a failure in either of the communications equipment at the UK mainland subsea cables.

Generator Site Issues status

What does Generator Site Issues mean?
The table distinguishes between normal expected ANM operation, SHEPD equipment failures and indications where there may be a fault with generator communications. Changes in Generator Site Issues reflect potential issues with the communications to one or more generator sites, which is not the responsibility of SHEPD. As a result the ANM responds by issuing full curtailment to the affected generator as a fail safe response. It is the responsibility of the generator to resolve these issues.
My zone is Generator Site Issues = Red?
There has been an indication that there may be a fault with one or more generator communications. As a result the ANM responds by issuing full curtailment to the affected generator as a fail safe response. It is the responsibility of the generator to resolve these issues.
My zone is SHEPD equipment = Green?
There is no indication that there is a fault with any generator communications in the zone.