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Applications for new User Forum to help shape key areas of ENA’s Open Networks close on Tuesday 15 June

02 June 2021

The project's first forum will work with stakeholders to help inform the next version of a constraint solutions tool for DNOs. 


Energy Networks Association (ENA) is encouraging people to apply to be part of a new User Forum which will bring stakeholders directly into the development process to help shape and deliver the next iteration of its Common Evaluation Methodology and Tool.  

The tool, introduced last year through ENA's world leading Open Networks project and adopted nationally last month, has been developed for all distribution network operators in Great Britain to be able to ‘market test’ and make decisions on potential flexibility solutions. 

Stakeholders with relevant experience can apply to join the forum via an Invitation to Participate form, with applications closing on Tuesday 15 June. 

A first for Open Networks, the new User Forum will bring together up to 25 non-network industry representatives each month – as led by the project team – to support the next steps and further development of the methodology and tool. ENA is inviting interested parties from a wide range of areas to express their interest in joining the forum, including flexibility providers, generators, academics, code managers, community and local energy and the supply chain.  

As part of the application, stakeholders will be invited to outline their relevant expertise and how they would like to contribute to deliver the scope as set out in the Terms of Reference (ToR), which offers a detailed overview of relevant information in relation to the User Forum. 

The User Forum will operate under open governance arrangements, a more collaborative approach to governance which puts into practice principles of transparency, participation and accountability. All applicants will be notified of the outcome by the end of June, with the User Forum commencing in July. 


ON21 CEM and Tool User Forum Process for inviting participation


ON21 CEM and Tool User Forum Terms of Reference (ToR)


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