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 by clicking here. 

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 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:


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.