The Energy Networks Association Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Connections Steering Group has this week issued a consultation which seeks stakeholders’ views on proposals in respect of what changes a customer can make to a project after a connection request for it has been made, while maintaining the project’s place in the connections queue.
The consultation is part of the wider work being undertaken for Quicker and More Efficient Connections (QMEC) by Ofgem and takes forward a request by the regulator for electricity network operators to consider this issue.
Providing greater certainty on how a proposed change to a project will affect a project’s position in the connections queue is important for project investors, owners and operators as well as network companies. The overall objective of this consultation is to develop a clear and consistent approach that can be applied across network companies when considering connection application change requests. This is expected to provide a number of benefits including:
- Assist network operators in applying a fair and reasonable approach to change requests that takes into account the circumstances of all customers in the connections queue;
- Provide greater certainty to customers on the likely impact of a change to a project;
- Assist customers in understanding network operator decisions on change applications; and
- Assist consistency of treatment of change applications across all networks.
The consultation document is available on Energy Network Association’s website, please click here.
The closing date for submission of responses is 9 March 2018. Please email responses to [email protected]
The ENA DER Connections Steering Group is made up of a number of diverse stakeholders, including various distributed energy resource providers and trade association representatives, six Distribution Network Operators (DNO) and an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO) representative.
Further information can be found at http://www.energynetworks.org/electricity/regulation/working-groups.html