Responding to feedback from stakeholders and to deliver parts of the governments Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, the Open Networks Project is looking to make it easier and quicker for all customers, including those offering flexibility, to connect to the grid, releasing capacity and providing new opportunities for all. This will help to keep Britain a clean energy powerhouse and help deliver the government’s Net Zero target.
Interactivity and Queue Management is a fundamental part of how our future smart grid will operate. Allowing network companies to prioritise flexibility depending on need will alleviate constraints on the network, allow more customers to connect and secure the energy we rely on every day. Flexibility services have the potential to save up to £40bn across the system by 2050, and continuing to build on the record amounts of renewables already in our energy system will help us reach our ambitious Net Zero target.
Although network companies already have systems in place for where applications impact on each other, the Open Networks consultation on Application Interactivity, a long standing and challenging issue, represents a real milestone in the transition to the smart grid by looking to standardise this process. With an industry-wide policy on application interactivity, networks will be able to create a clear and transparent experience for customers.
The consultation also proposes modernising the connections queue, firming key dates in the process and standardising this across all network operators. Moving applications up and down the queue depending on network need and capacity will bring more clean energy into the system by enabling Britain’s world leading flexibility markets and creating even more dynamic energy networks.
Building an energy system that works for all users is at the heart of the recently announced Flexibility Commitment: Our Six Steps for Delivering Flexibility Services, enabling more users to connect low-carbon energy to the network than ever before. Having systems and processes in place that are equipped to handle the changes to our transmission and distribution networks with more connected resources is essential.
The reforms being consulted on over the next few weeks will help create the processes that will deliver on the networks’ commitment and powering Britain forward to an ‘Internet of Energy’.
Commenting, David Smith, Chief Executive of ENA, said:
The Open Networks Project is leading the way on our much needed transition to the smart grid, looking at ways we can speed up connections, encourage new flexible energy markets and deliver Net Zero.
The record amounts of investment in Britain’s energy system has led to savings, and record levels of reliability for homes, businesses and communities all across the country. The short-term changes and long-term vision of the Open Networks Project will help maximise these benefits for all and I encourage stakeholders to share their views with us.