Best practice guides

Operating in every corner of the country, Britain's energy networks have a strong reputation for their work engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders. Through ENA, our members frequently work together with other organisations to produce best practice guides to share knowledge and experience on key issues and trends related to energy network infrastructure and how to manage them. 

Community energy

Engaging communites in network innovation 2016-2018 (2019)

Over the past three years, Britain’s local electricity network operators have made great strides in developing their relationships with communities in emerging local energy markets. Communities are integral to Britain’s energy future and can be ‘innovation partners’ to the networks and each other, as we transition a smarter, more decentralised and low-carbon energy system. Learn more by reading this report produced by our partner Regen.

Electricity Network Innovation Guide for Communities (2018)

This guide is for communities and local energy stakeholders who are interested in electricity network innovation to help them  learn more about how our energy system is changing, about lessons from innovation trials, why these projects are important, and how they can get involved. This guide builds on The Rough Guide to Engaging Communities in Energy Network Innovation published in 2017.

Rough Guide to Engaging Communities in Energy Network Innovation (2016)

Developed by ENA's Distribution Network Operator (DNO) Stakeholder Best Practice Group in partnerhsip with RegenSW, this guide explores how Disitribution Network Operators can engage local communities in innovation and how communities can get themselves into the best position to grasp the opportunity. 

ENA's Electricity Storage Guide for Communities (2014)

Developed by ENA's Distribution Network Operator (DNO) Stakeholder Best Practice Group in partnerhsip with RegenSW, this guide is aimed at community energy groups and independent developers looking to develop electricity storage projects, who want to know how to connect to the electricity network. It is an introduction to the area of electricity storage and refers to more detailed content where appropriate.

Network management

Fair and Effective Management of DNO Connection Queues: Treatment of Requests to Change Connection Applications (2018)

The purpose of this guidance document is to outline a good practice approach for Distribution Network Operators on queue management and what changes a customer can make to a project after a connection request for it has been made and before energisation, while maintaining the project’s place in the connections queue. It has been developed with Distributed Generator stakeholders on the ENA’s Distributed Energy Resources Connections Steering Group, and undergone wider stakeholder consultation.

Fair & Effective Management of DNO Connection Queues: Progression Milestones Best Practice Guide (2016)

This guide outlines a best practice approach on queue management connection milestones for Distribution Network Operators (DNO). These milestones have been developed with Distributed Generator (DG) stakeholders on the Energy Network Association’s (ENA’s) DG and DNO Steering Group. The purpose of the milestones is to ensure efficient allocation of network capacity to customers.

Active Network Management: ENA Active Network Management Good Practice Guide (2015)

With the growth of 'embedded' forms of electricity generation and of new smart technologies at all voltage levels in our electricity network, local Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) have increasingly needed to find new ways to manage electricity that flows in many different directions, rather than in just one direction from the central transmission system. Active Network Management (ANM) connects separate components of a smart grid such as smaller energy generators, renewable generation, storage devices by implementing software to monitor and control the operation of these devices. Produced with Baringa Partners, this guide sets out the best practice approach that Britain's six DNOs have agreed to take when using Active Network Management.