Future Worlds: Impact Assessment Consultation

In 2018, the Open Networks Project showcased five potential industry structures, known as Future Worlds. Extensive work was carried out with stakeholders to define these five Future Worlds and they were modelled using the Smart Grid Architecture Model (SGAM) to further define the information flows necessary for each world to operate. These detailed definitions and the SGAM models were presented as part of the Future Worlds consultation in 2018, which generated feedback from around 50 stakeholders.

As proposed and supported by stakeholders in the Future Worlds consultation, we have now commissioned and completed an independent impact assessment to assess the relative costs and benefits of the five worlds. Baringa Partners, an independent consultancy, was employed via a competitive tender to produce the impact assessment and this consultation seeks stakeholder views on that work.

Impact Assessment Consultation

Launched on 6th March 2019, the ultimate purpose of the impact assessment was to build an evidence base from the Open Networks Project to help inform discussions on policy in a decentralised, decarbonised and digitalised energy landscape. The report was intended to help stimulate and guide conversations within the industry and between stakeholders on the various models, the emerging distribution system operator (DSO) role and the effective coordination of distributed energy resources (DER). Lastly, the report identified areas for further investigation which will help define future arrangements and reduce uncertainty relating to the assessment of the Future Worlds.

Open Networks Response and Analysis

Following the analysis of the responses to the consultation, Open Networks has published its response along with its detailed analysis.

Consultation Document & Deliverables

Supporting Documents

  • Baringa report: A summary of the approach taken during the Baringa impact assessment, their findings and potential future work.
  • Final Master benefits_v1.0: The methodology for the benefits assessment. It is currently set to the central assumption case but has a control tab to enable the user to switch between the pessimistic and optimistic case.
  • Final Master costs_v1.0: The methodology for the cost assessment. Again, this is currently set to the central assumption. The user will need to reset the baseline technology cost assumptions (all set out in the assumptions tab) to run pessimistic (downside) and optimistic (upside) cases.
  • Final Master costs Integrated World C_v1.0: This is the methodology for the cost assessment but where we assume that World C is integrated into all other Future Worlds. This integration only impacts the costs – benefits remain unchanged.
  • Final Future World results: This brings together the outputs of the costs and benefits methodologies across all assumption cases.
  • Final Future World results_Sensitivity_v1.0: This brings together the results of the costs and benefits methodologies across all assumption cases based on a later development of Worlds D and E into Stage 2. The inputs required for these results can be run by changing the date of Stage 2 in the Master Benefits and Master Cost workbooks.

Responding to the Impact Assessment Consultation

Consultation close date: 1st May

During 2018 stakeholders requested longer to respond to the Open Networks Project’s consultations, so this consultation will be open for eight weeks, spanning from 6th March to 1st May 2019Feedback on the independent impact assessment was welcomed from all stakeholders. 

More information about the responses received will be shared when available.

Stakeholder Events

To support the consultation and provide interested stakeholders with the opportunity to gain further clarity prior to the submission of their response. As a result, we held two webinars and two events, which you can access using the links provided below: