New Active Network Management Guide Will Help Deliver a More Efficient Energy System

15 July 2015

Energy Networks Association (ENA) has published an Active Network Management Good Practice Guide, which will improve understanding of an important area of network innovation.

Traditional electricity distribution networks are passive in nature; taking energy in one direction from the high voltage transmission network into people’s homes and businesses. In order to meet the challenges of a low carbon energy system, network operators are using new technologies and working practices to deliver smarter, more active networks which will improve efficiency and reduce costs for customers.

Active Network Management (ANM), the real time management of generation and loads on the network, is one area of smart network innovation which can deliver a range of benefits. These benefits include the ability to offer faster connections at reduced cost to renewable generators looking to connect to parts of the network which are at capacity.

This guide will improve understanding of ANM across a range of stakeholders to ensure that all customers can benefit from the progress being made towards a smarter, more efficient energy future.

ENA Chief Executive David Smith said, "There is a great deal of momentum behind Active Network Management and the wider development of smart networks in the UK. Shared learning is vital if this progress is to be built on and customers are to see the benefits of the innovation taking place in our industry. The Good Practice Guide provides a snapshot of the current state of ANM and the lessons learnt so far, as well as addressing remaining challenges."

The Good Practice Guide was prepared for ENA by Baringa Partners and TNEI. Duncan Sinclair, Partner at Baringa said "We have seen increasing deployment of Active Network Management over recent years in Great Britain, and some really innovative approaches, both technical and commercial, for enabling greater flexibility on the networks and making them ‘smarter’. We were delighted to have the opportunity to work with the ENA and its members in consolidating the learning thus far, and hope the guide provides a useful reference for good practice for future growth in this novel technology."


Notes to Editors:

  • The Active Network Management Good Practice Guide is available on the ENA website at
  • Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the voice of the networks, representing the 'wires and pipes' of the electricity and gas transmission and distribution networks in the UK and Ireland.

For further information please contact:

Matthew Pringle
Press and Public Affairs Executive
Energy Networks Association
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