WS1A - Flexibility Services

2020 Products

If you would like to learn more about the products planned for 2020, 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.

2020 Flexibility Consultation

Our 2020 Flexibility consultation is currently open. We're consulting on all of the 2020 Open Networks flexibility development work under Workstream 1A (Flexibility Services) and are seeking feedback from across the industry in order for us to update and adapt our work accordingly.

To find out more on the consultation and the events we have planned, visit our Public Consultations page.

This consultation closes on 25th September 2020. Please send any responses to [email protected]

Note: all responses will be made public unless marked as confidential.

Product 2: Procurement 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.

  • To view and download the slide deck, click here.

Product 3: Active Power Services Paramaters 

This product aims to deliver further alignment in the procurement of active power services and will simplify participation in the market, making it easier for participants to understand products and offer services to multiple markets appropriately. The product group are seeking to establish a set of common definitions for terms and parameters related to the Flexibility Products and further build on work completed in other workstreams.

Product 4: Commercial Arrangements 

Standard Contract for Flexibility and Implementation Plan

Working with law firm CMS, the product team produced a standard contract for the procurement of flexibility and an associated implementation plan. The contract has been drafted by all of Britain's DNOs and takes into accountvital input from the industry. The contract will be used by all of Britain's DNOs for for procuring flexibility, as it seeks to improve the customer journey and ease engagement with the energy system. The standard contract and implementation plan can be accessed and downloaded below:

Stakeholder Forum - WS1A P2 and WS1A P5

The product teams from both WS1A P2 (Procurement Proceses) and P5 (New DSO Services) hosted a webinar in June 2020 to get feedback on the development of processes that underpin the procurement of flexibility services. The webinar looked at key areas around the procurement timeline and the phasing of pre-procurement /procurement phases as well as the value of signposting network requirements. We value all feedback available from stakeholders and where possible, will look to incorporate it into the forward work programme.

In addition to the procurement process, we are also discussed the Open Networks Project’s work to date on service stackability. Please find the webinar recording and assocaited materials below:


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 3 - DSO Services: Dispatch and Settlement Processes

The product team has been working on a good practice guide for activation, dispatch, and settlement processes, as well as the identification of DNO capabilities to support this. This good practice guide has been written to include alignment of DNO and ESO services in terms of procurement, timescales, service windows, and contract terms as much as possible.

The final good practice guide is available to view and download below:

Product 5 - DSO Services: Conflict Management & Co-optimisation

This product seeks to identify a number of techniques which could be used to manage service conflict and deliver co-optimisation between services. These techniques will be implemented through Regional Development Programmes (RDPs), Trans-European Replacement Reserve Exchange (TERRE) and other flexibility market case studies. The Product 5 Final Report looks at the additional steps System Operators and Network Owners can collaboratively undertake to identify and manage service conflict and optimisation.

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.

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.