Telecommunications play a central role in the operations of energy networks. ENA's Energy Networks Strategic Communications Group (ENSCG) and allied bodies provide opportunities to exchange information and best practice in the key elements of telecommunications in Electricity and Gas Distribution networks. Issues covered by ENSCG's allied groups include safety, standards, use of internet protocol, cyber security, spectrum management and European Updates. [last updated September 2013]
Energy Network Strategic Communications Group
ENSCG and its associated groups will endeavour to assist member companies make informed decisions on issues that are likely to affect any aspect of their essential Operational IT and Telecommunications Asset base.
The group provides a focus for liaison, co-ordination and information in areas of mutual interest to ENA member companies.
- It promotes the interests, growth, good standing and competitiveness of the UK energy networks industry's operational telecommunications and IT services in the UK and overseas.
- It provide a forum for discussion among company members and others of Telecom and IT issues and to pass informed opinion on these matters to Ofgem, Ofcom, government departments, and other institutions in the UK and the European Union.
Spectrum Allocation and Investment in Operational Telecommunications to Support Electricity Networks
This Position Statement has been prepared by the ENA and the Strategic Telecommunications Group Members to raise awareness in Government, Regulators and the wider telecommunications industry concerning the changing needs of operational telecommunications for electricity networks. The following narrative seeks to set out the industry position and is informed by a question and answer (Q&A) process undertaken by the members of the Strategic Telecommunications Group.
Download the Narrative here.
Joint Radio Company Advisory Group (JAG)
The Joint Radio Company (JRC) is the spectrum management organisation of the UK Fuel and Power Industry. ENSCG liaises with JRC on convergence issues and other shared interests.
Energy Industry Telecommunications Committee
The Energy Industry Telecommunications Committee (EITC) has a watching brief on all aspects of telecommunications to identify and report potential threats and benefits to members. EITC incorporates all activities previously managed via the NGN, CCSG and ROEP forums.
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Rise of Earth Potential (ROEP)
Before carrying out any work or operation on, or in, the vicinity of a site containing electrical plant or an electric line, or on which electrical plant or an electric line is located, it is incumbent on the developer, operator or planner to establish who is in control of the site and make all necessary enquiries on the site's ROEP status. The list of ROEP contacts for ENA member companies can be accessed from the link below:
No assumption should be made on the condition or status of any site containing electrical plant or an electric line, or on which electrical plant or an electric line is located, of any company which is not listed on this contact schedule.
Developers must act in accordance with 2003 No. 2553 ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS 'The Electronic Communications Code (Conditions and Restrictions) Regulations 2003:
The ICT Group will address operational ICT essential to the deployment of smart meters and operations of smart grids. Specifically the group will look at standards, communications, data management, control and the carbon footprint of technology associated with Smart Meters and Smart Grids.
Optical Fibre Standing Committee (CS5)
The Optical fibre standing committee (CS5) forum is for ENA member companies interested in the installation and maintenance of optical fibre telecommunications networks on HV overhead power lines. It is running two sub committees presently the ADSS [All Dielectric Self Supporting] group and the OHUG [Overhead and Underground] group both looking at common methods of provisioning, installation and maintenance of these technologies.
Power Line Carrier (PLC)
The Power line communications forum has been set up to represent the interests of the electricity industry on provision of telecommunications services over LV power lines. The activities of the group are now carried out in association with the EITC group.
Cyber security like other crimes such as drugs or illegal immigration is hard to quantify. All we can truly say is that it is out there. Collaboration and best practice is one of the best ways of defending against attacks, potential or actual. The grid will become more vulnerable as it grows smarter and the Cyber Security Forum engages with UK and European bodies and specialists in bringing best practice to the UK Grid. We are in progress with making a Network Industry Risk Assessment and are running two sub groups an Industry Benchmarking Working Group and a Risk Assessment Methodology Working Group.