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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.

WS2 P3 Interactivity

Application Interactivity is a fundamental part of how our future smart grid will operate. Allowing network companies to better manage flexibility applications to avoid network reinforcement will keep bills down, and ensure a steady supply of low carbon electricity that flexibility services deliver. Throughout 2020, the Open Networks Project will be working on changes to the Application Interactivity process, seeking to deliver a standard, industry wide approach.

Responses to the ENA Application Interactivity and Connection Queue Management consultation (July 2019) showed clear support for Conditional Interactivity among stakeholders. The Open Networks Workstream 2 Product 3 team subsequently developed the Interactivity Process Guide to detail the principles and illustrate the application of Conditional Interactivity within network companies. This guide is available below.

Interactivity Process Guide

Network Companies have committed to implement Conditional Interactivity by the end of 2020. More details for this target date are continued in the document below:

Interactivity Go Live Dates

The ENA Working group has delivered two Customer Webinars during 2020 with details available here.



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. 

Terms and Defnitions

Workstream 2 produced a Terms and Definition Document during 2018 to help clarify the terminology used to describe the connection of resources and provision of services. This has been updated as part of the 2019 work and is available here.

Product 1: System Wide Resource Register

Options to implement resource registers have been compared in the first half of 2019. The agreed approach is for each network company to implement and maintain a register for resources >1MW that are connected to it’s network. Each network company register would have the same format. The registers would include resources that are already connected to transmission or distribution networks and assets that are “accepted to connect” to networks following a connection application process. As well as general data about plant type and capacity, the registers would include information about network services that are being provided. For resources that are “accepted to connect” but not yet connected, information on any network reinforcements that are needed will be included.

Network companies have committed to implement the first phase of their resource registers by January 2020. This would include all network resources >1MW and information on the network services being provided by these resources. The full scope of the resource registers, including information on network reinforcements, is targeted for completion by July 2020.

A PowerPoint presentation detailing the approach approved by the ON Steering Group in July 2019 is available here.  An information sheet summarising the resource registers can be found here.

Product 2: Queue Management

This product takes forward the work done under ONP in 2018 under WS2 P5 and WS1 P10 & P11 to address action 1.6 from the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan. It will outline longer term improvements to the connection queue through the development of a consistent queue management policy across networks. In doing so, this product will also need to take into account any work that is progressed under Ofgem’s Significant Code Review and any network company owned initiative on access.

Implementation Plan

Following the Open Networks Project's consultation in summer 2019, Workstream 2 has now published an implentation plan for the queue management improvements agreed to.

The implementaion plan document can be accessed here.

Update Roadmap & Scenarios

Following a Call for Evidence in 2018 on the Treatment of Flexible Resources, Open Networks agreed to present real example connection scenarios to help articulate the varied offerings available and allow recommendations to be made which improve the existing processes that make up or support Interactivity and Queue Management. The aim of this document is to further improve network connections processes for flexible resources, including (but not limited) to energy storage, facilitate the continuing transition to a low carbon economy and support Action 1.6 of the Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan alongside other delivered and planned industry outputs.

Product 3: Interactivity

Application Interactivity and Connection Queue Management is a fundamental part of how our future smart grid will operate. Allowing network companies to prioritise flexibility depending on need will alleviate constraints on the network, allow more customers to connect, and secure the energy we rely on every day.

Implementation Plan

In July 2019, the ENA (through Open Networks Workstream 2) launched a second consultation, titled ‘Application Interactivity and Connection Queue Management’2, with mind-to positions presented for both processes. For Application Interactivity, the ‘Conditional’ interactivity process was proposed, to be used by all network companies and to provide a common approach across GB.

The responses to the July 2019 consultation showed a very clear support for the proposed ‘Conditional’ interactivity process among stakeholders. The Project has now set out an implementation plan for the improvements to the Interactivity processes. The implementation plan can be accessed below:

Product 4: Connection Agreements Review

Open Networks has concluded a short review of the impact of Open Networks output on connections agreements and the level of technical consistency within them.

The conclusions are available here.