ENA is represented on the DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum which is considering how a Smart Grid could be introduced to support the transition to a low carbon economy. Consideration of smarter networks played an important part in the last electricity distribution price control review (DPCR5) that took effect in April 2010. It will play an even larger part in the next electricity distribution price control review which has now started.
The Forum has now met on a number of occasions and five work streams have been agreed. These are:
- WS1 – Assumptions and scenarios – this work is led by DECC. It will establish the assumptions and scenarios necessary for the network companies to produce business plans that are consistent with DECC’s low carbon transition.
- WS2 – Evaluation Framework – Ofgem is leading this work to develop an evaluation framework that can assess, at high level, alternative network development options. It is intended that the Framework will help inform policy decisions related to Smart Grids.
- WS3 – Developing Networks for Low Carbon – the DNOs are leading this work to assess the network impacts of the assumptions and scenarios from WS1.
- WS4 – Closing Doors – this work stream brings together stakeholders to identify credible risks to the development of smart grids as a consequence of forthcoming policy decisions which might fail to take full account of the necessary enablers for Smart Grid development.
- WS5 – Ways of Working – this work stream looks at how the Forum can best pursue its objectives and communicate effectively with stakeholders.
- WS6 - Commercial and Regulatory -this work stream brings together stakeholders to investigate the commercial and regulatory challenges of implementing the Smart Grid solutions.
WS1 (Assumptions and scenarios)
Is led by DECC, to establish the assumptions and scenarios necessary for the network companies to produce business plans that are consistent with DECC’s low carbon transition.
WS3 (Developing Networks for Low Carbon)
Is led by the DNOs. WS3 is attempting to assess the network impacts of the assumptions and scenarios from WS1.
ENA is engaged in European developments and is represented on the Smart Grids working group set up by the European electricity industry association, Eurelectric.