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.
Notes to editors
- You can find all resources associated to the Common Evaluation Methodology and Tool via ENA’s Resource Library.
- CEM and Tool User Forum: Process for inviting participation
- CEM and Tool User Forum: Application form
- CEM and Tool User Forum: Terms of Reference (ToR)
- The slides and recording from the project’s recent workshop webinar, which included a practical run through of the Common Evaluation Methodology and Tool are available via ENA’s website and YouTube channel, respectively.
About Energy Networks Association
Energy Networks Association (ENA) is the industry body representing the companies which operate the electricity wires, gas pipes and energy system in the UK and Ireland.
ENA helps its members meet the challenge of delivering electricity and gas to communities across the UK and Ireland safely, sustainably and reliably.
Its members include every major electricity and gas network operator in the UK and Ireland, independent operators, National Grid ESO which operates the electricity system in Great Britain and National Grid Gas which operates the gas system in Great Britain. Its affiliate membership also includes companies with an interest in energy, including Heathrow Airport and Network Rail.
What are energy network operators?
Energy network operators manage and maintain the wires, pipes and other infrastructure which delivers electricity and gas to your home, business and community. They are private companies which are regulated by Ofgem and employ around 45,000 people in the UK and Ireland. They are represented by their industry body, Energy Networks Association (that's us).
Energy supplier or network operator? Energy network operators are entirely separate to your energy supplier, which is the company that bills you for using electricity and gas. Energy suppliers and generators are represented by Energy UK.