The Project will keep up its focus on delivering tangible outcomes that help network companies manage their systems smarter while facilitating the growth of emerging flexibility services markets – market places for services provided by new smart energy technologies. It has already been a year of success with major initiatives delivered including:
- Electricity network companies launching a new flexibility commitment, outlined in ENA’s Six Steps for Delivering Flexibility Services.
- Securing strong agreement and a shared industry vision on the next steps to deliver a smarter grid via the Project’s Future World’s Impact Assessment consultation.
- Improving customer experience by implementing good practice across electricity network processes.
- Practical progress to ensure more transparent use of data, including launching ENA’s System-Wide Resource Register.
In order to build further momentum in the right direction, stakeholders will continue to be involved at every stage of the Open Networks Project. ENA is grateful for BEIS and Ofgem’s ongoing support and involvement, and their recognition of the value the Project is delivering toward Britain’s energy transition.
Direction received from BEIS and Ofgem enables the Project to build on the success achieved to-date, and plan and deliver the next important steps toward a smart grid including:
- Monitoring implementation of Open Networks’ outcomes and Flexibility Commitments on a six-monthly basis
- Planning change to deliver Distribution System Operation (DSO) through a DSO implementation plan
- Defining outcomes with planned timescales in the 2020 work plan
- Raising appropriate change within electricity network companies and/or electricity codes
- Identifying any barriers to development where we may need Ofgem or BEIS policy intervention
Commenting on the letter, David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association, said:
“With this direction and support from BEIS and Ofgem, ENA’s Open Networks Project can continue to drive vital change within our energy system to benefit the public and help meet Britain’s Net Zero target.
“The major work delivered by the Project this year alone is the result of stakeholder involvement from across the energy industry and will continue to be key as Britain transitions its energy system
“Not only is the Project laying the foundations for a smarter grid, but it is delivering tangible, short-term changes including enabling the growth of emerging local electricity markets and ensuring local electricity networks can be managed actively and efficiently.”