WS1A - Flexibility Services

2020 Products

If you would like to learn more about the products planned for 2019, please refer to the Phase 4 Project Initiation Document (PID) 2020. Alternatively, should you wish to be notified when new products are launched, subscribe to the Open Networks mailing list by clicking here. 

Product 2: Procuremennt Processes

Existing Approach to Procurement

This product is a continuation of 2019 WS1A P2 that defined high level good practice for procurement of flexibility services to meet DSO requirements. As this is the first year that all DNOs are participating in the delivery of flexibility services, there are a range of approaches that have been adopted in how services are procured. The objective of this slide deck is to highlight existing practice across the six DNOs in how flexibility is currently procured from service providers.

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2019 Products 

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. 

Product 2 - DSO Services, Procurement Processes

Stakeholder engagement has identified market appetite for greater consistency across flexibility products procured by different DNOs. In response to this, WS1A have agreed standardised service names, aiming to achieve consistency across the branding of flexibility products to make accessing the market as easy as possible.
The full list of product definitions can be accessed here, and the full update presentation can be accessed here.

Product Updates:

Product 6 - Facilitation of New Markets

As defined in the second objective of Workstream 1A, DNOs have a clear role in facilitating those markets that are starting to emerge that are realising value from flexibility outside the remit of DSO services. There is a wealth of innovation underway, including the BEIS FleX Competition and the Open Networks’ TEF, that is exploring potential new markets, but all of these projects are still at a very early stage. In light of this, the product took a view that it would focus on the potential datasets required to facilitate new markets rather than run trials that might detract from ongoing innovation.

The full report from Product 6 on the 2019 development work can be accessed here.

 Requests for Additional Data

Data is absolutely fundamental to the future of the smart grid.  It is key to unlocking system and consumer benefits and managing the transition to a low carbon economy.  With energy increasingly decentralised, millions of assets – solar panels, batteries, electric vehicle charge-points and heat pumps – will need to be able to communicate with system operators and market platforms. New business models will emerge that will reduce consumer bills and system costs whilst enabling decarbonisation of our energy system.  

There is a wealth of data openly available that System Operators have already provided, but in order to facilitate new and emerging markets, and to help expand existing ones, additional specific data may be required. You can access the data networks have made available on our Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Information page, here. If you are looking for additional data, please submit your request to [email protected].

Transparent, accessible, interoperable and accurate data will allow the markets to develop that will put consumers at the heart of this change while allowing system operators to support the proliferation of new business models and technologies.  Requests for system operator data will be review quarterly by the ENA’s Open Networks Project and prioritised for delivery subject to cost and regulation.  All requests will be responded to.

Flexibility Services Consultation

The purpose of this consultation was to seek views from stakeholders on our flexibility commitments, developments to date and planned future developments under Workstream 1A (Flexibility Services) in order for us to update and adapt our work accordingly. This consultation closed on 23rd August 2019. 

Consutlation Document & Deliverables

Supporting Documents

Flexibility Services Workshop

Summary of Flexibility Services Workshop

Following our Workshop on Flexibility Services, we have reviewed and analysed the feedback gathered and picked out key actions and points progress our work on Flexibility Services. This document contains a summary of the workshop, and Open Networks Project response to stakeholder feedback.

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].