Distributed Generation Overview

Generating electricity from renewable and energy-efficient sources is a key part of the Government’s strategy to tackle climate change.

The 2009 Renewable Energy Directive sets a target for the UK to achieve 15% of its energy consumption from renewable sources by 2020, implying substantial growth in distributed generation and investment in the network infrastructure.

Many stakeholders have expressed concern that the Government’s targets may not be met because of major difficulties relating to unit pricing, delays in obtaining planning consent and the fact that the current regulatory framework does not incentivise distribution network operators (DNOs) to connect distributed generation.

ENA members believe that the introduction of the correct commercial and regulatory framework is the single most important factor how network operators can support the Government’s target for renewable and energy efficient generation.

Information for Generators seeking a Connection

 Information on Energy Storage Applications

Information on Terms and Definitions

Many industry specific terms and definitions are used by network companies and their stakeholders in describing aspects of connections. The full definitions for many defined terms are provided in industry code documentation. As part of the Open Networks project, a “Plain English” definition for many of the more frequently use terms were documented. This can be found here.