WS2 - Customer Information Provision & Connections
If you would like to learn more about the products planned for 2019, please refer to the Phase 3 Project Initiation Document (PID) 2019. Alternatively, should you wish to be notified when new products are launched, subscribe to the Open Networks mailing list by clicking here.
Terms and Defnitions
Workstream 2 produced a Terms and Definition Document during 2018 to help clarify the terminology used to describe the connection of resources and provision of services. This has been updated as part of the 2019 work and is available here.
Product 1: System Wide Resource Register
Options to implement resource registers have been compared in the first half of 2019. The agreed approach is for each network company to implement and maintain a register for resources >1MW that are connected to it’s network. Each network company register would have the same format. The registers would include resources that are already connected to transmission or distribution networks and assets that are “accepted to connect” to networks following a connection application process. As well as general data about plant type and capacity, the registers would include information about network services that are being provided. For resources that are “accepted to connect” but not yet connected, information on any network reinforcements that are needed will be included.
Network companies have committed to implement the first phase of their resource registers by January 2020. This would include all network resources >1MW and information on the network services being provided by these resources. The full scope of the resource registers, including information on network reinforcements, is targeted for completion by July 2020.
Product 2: Queue Management
This product takes forward the work done under ONP in 2018 under WS2 P5 and WS1 P10 & P11 to address action 1.6 from the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan. It will outline longer term improvements to the connection queue through the development of a consistent queue management policy across networks. In doing so, this product will also need to take into account any work that is progressed under Ofgem’s Significant Code Review and any network company owned initiative on access.
Following the Open Networks Project's consultation in summer 2019, Workstream 2 has now published an implentation plan for the queue management improvements agreed to.
The implementaion plan document can be accessed here.
Following a Call for Evidence in 2018 on the Treatment of Flexible Resources, Open Networks agreed to present real example connection scenarios to help articulate the varied offerings available and allow recommendations to be made which improve the existing processes that make up or support Interactivity and Queue Management. The aim of this document is to further improve network connections processes for flexible resources, including (but not limited) to energy storage, facilitate the continuing transition to a low carbon economy and support Action 1.6 of the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan alongside other delivered and planned industry outputs.
Product 3: Interactivity
Application Interactivity and Connection 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.
In July 2019, the ENA (through Open Networks Workstream 2) launched a second consultation, titled ‘Application Interactivity and Connection Queue Management’2, with mind-to positions presented for both processes. For Application Interactivity, the ‘Conditional’ interactivity process was proposed, to be used by all network companies and to provide a common approach across GB.
The responses to the July 2019 consultation showed a very clear support for the proposed ‘Conditional’ interactivity process among stakeholders. The Project has now set out an implementation plan for the improvements to the Interactivity processes. The implementation plan can be accessed below:
Product 4: Connection Agreements Review
Open Networks has concluded a short review of the impact of Open Networks output on connections agreements and the level of technical consistency within them.
The conclusions are available here.