Stakeholder Engagement

Engaging a wide variety of stakeholders is vital to a large transformational project like Open Networks, and we have worked to involve individuals who have any interaction with the networks in Great Britain, across the whole energy system.

To help guide the work of the Open Networks Project, we have created a representative Advisory Group containing over 40 experts from across the British energy industry. The Open Networks Project uses the Advisory Group to help in the development of products from an early stage, but also to report back the progress of the project to the wider industry.

A full list of the Advisory Group members can be found here.

We’re constantly trying to make engaging with us as easy as possible, and have a number of channels open to receive feedback:

  • Through Advisory Group representatives for trade associations
    • We have representation from most sectors of the industry on the Advisory Group, and feedback can be provided through them. Any material for the Advisory Group meetings, such as agendas and slide decks, is published on our website here two weeks in advance of the meetings to give representatives the opportunity to share and bring input from their segment of the industry.
  • Public consultations
    • Each year, we identify high priority deliverables based on stakeholder feedback, and consult the wider industry for their views on these key products. Stakeholder feedback is incredibly important to the Open Networks Project, and we seek and welcome responses from across the industry.
  • Public events
    • We host a series of public events throughout the year to complement our consultations, and to help steer the development of Open Networks products and deliverables. Click here to visit our events page to find out more about our upcoming events and consultations.
  • Distribution lists
    • Subscribe to our distribution list to be kept up to date with the Open Networks Project, including upcoming events, consultation launches, and more on how you can get involved in the project.

The project also hosts public events throughout the year to complement our consultations. To find out more about our events, visit our events page here.

Subscribe to our mailing list for updates on our upcoming events, and to keep up to date with the Open Networks Project.

Flexibility Development: Stakeholder Participation

The development work of Workstream 1a: Flexibility Services has been opened up to wider stakeholder participation, to help develop products beyond the existing Advisory Group input.

Workstream 1a is currently developing the following products, and the project team would encourage further stakeholder participation in its development work:

  • P1: Flexibility Market Principles
  • P2: DSO Services – Procurement Processes
  • P3: DSO Services – Dispatch and Settlement Processes
  • P4: DSO Services – Commercial Arrangements
  • P5: DSO Services – Conflict Management & Co-optimisation
  • P6: Facilitation of New Markets

The Open Networks Workstream Working Groups have responsibility for the definition, review and approval (or recommendation of submission to the Steering Group for approval) of all Workstream outputs.  

Reporting to the Workstream Working Group, we have convened a number of Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) into product development teams to develop products and submit content for review and guidance from the Working Group. This enables us to develop content in between the Working Group meetings (typically every 3 weeks) and to maintain pace in delivery in the project.  Typically, this will require between half and one day’s work a week to provide the necessary input into product development, and we are very keen to encourage participation from stakeholders in this work.

The terms of reference for participating in the development work of Workstream 1A can be found here. To find out more about participating in Workstream 1a, please email us at [email protected].