Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme

                                           

Accelerated Loss of Mains Change Programme (ALoMCP)

Note: this Programme does not apply to domestic and similar generation that has been connected in accordance with EREC G83.  It only applies to generation connected before 01 February 2018 in accordance with EREC G59.

This is an industry led project delivered by National Grid ESO, Distribution Network Operators, and Independent Distribution Network Operators to accelerate compliance with new requirements in the Distribution Code. National Grid ESO and GB Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) / Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNO) are undertaking this electricity transmission and distribution industry led initiative managed on behalf of the Distribution Code Review Panel.

The participating DNOs and IDNOs are listed below, along with the primary email to contact regarding any technical questions on the ALoMCP:

Registered DNO

Initial Email address

Electricity North West Ltd

[email protected]

Northern Powergrid

[email protected]

Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks

[email protected]

SP Energy Networks

[email protected]

 

UK Power Networks

[email protected]

Western Power Distribution

[email protected]

Registered IDNO

Initial Email address

Eclipse Power Networks Limited

[email protected]

Energetics Electricity Limited

[email protected]

Energy Assets Networks Limited

[email protected]

ESP Electricity Limited

[email protected]

Fulcrum Electricity Assets Limited

[email protected]

GTC

[email protected] 

Harlaxton Energy Networks Limited

[email protected]

Independent Power Networks Limited

[email protected] 

Leep Electricity Networks Limited

[email protected]

Murphy Power Distribution Limited

[email protected]

The Electricity Network Company Limited

[email protected] 

UK Power Distribution Limited

[email protected]

Utility Assets Limited

[email protected]

Vattenfall Networks Limited

[email protected]

The remaining IDNOs have been engaged in the programme and are expected to join the scheme in the very near future.  Generators connected to any IDNO should register and will be dealt with in the normal manner.

Contact details of all DNO’s and IDNO’s can be found here.

The purpose of the initiative is to consider Loss of Main (LoM) protection and their settings. The aim being to reduce the risk of inadvertent tripping and reduce system balancing issues by giving National Grid ESO greater latitude with regards to system RoCoF limits.

It is a requirement of the Distribution Code that all owners of generation installed prior to February 2018, and where the generation equipment is not type-tested, to comply with new setting requirements for the interface protection in accordance with EREC G59. Owners of generation have to comply with the Distribution Code and have until 31 August 2022 to comply with these modified interface protection requirements.  After that date owners who have not made the change may be the subject of an enforcement programme.

Guidance and information regarding the programme including timescales can be found on the registration portal,whilst details of the contract terms and conditions can be found here.

To help owners of generation make the necessary changes, through ENA, National Grid Electricity System Operator (NGESO), the Distribution Network Operators (DNO) and Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNO), have set up a Portal to allow generators to register their intention to make settings changes and to facilitate the development of a prioritised delivery programme.

The link to the Portal is http://www.ena-eng.org/ALoMCP

How the data you provide is used, stored and processed by National Grid ESO and DNO/IDNO companies can be found on the project Privacy Statement linked to from the Portal

Generators who make the settings changes will be paid by the DNO / IDNO they are connected to according to the degree of work involved in making the changes.

Details of the payment and the selection process can be found here.

Support

 

  • It is intended that generators will undertake the settings changes themselves through their own contractors or site management teams.
  • To assist generators, the ENA has a directory of contractors who claim they have the capabilities to undertake this work.
  • A generator is entitled to use any competent contractor to make the changes to their assets. Contractors listed on the directory of contractors are self-declared but are not officially registered or formally approved by DNOs or ENA.
  • A contractor does not have to appear on the directory of contractors in order to participate in the programme providing they can prove their competency to undertake the changes to the satisfaction of the generator.
  • The ENA’s directory of contractors can be found here
  • For general FAQs click here; for technical FAQs, click here
  • Further information regarding issues raised by other stakeholders involved in the LoM project can be found here.

Project Governance                                                                                                                                                           

Stakeholder Information

Further stakeholder information can be found here and in the links to documents below. This will be developed as the programme progresses.

  • National Grid ESO Report update on the ALoMCP can be found here
  • Slides from stakeholder events held in London and Glasgow in April 2019 detailing the purpose and programme can be found here.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the request for feedback on the ALoMCP please do not hesitate to contact us at the email address below

  • [email protected]
  • Links to National Grid and DNO/IDNO email boxes concerned with the assessment and delivery of the programme can be found here. Please check who your DNO/IDNO is here before contacting these addresses.

The documents and information on this webpage will be updated as necessary and as the ALoMCP progresses.