Energy Networks unveil flexibility market plans to drive Net Zero goal

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has unveiled a new flexibility commitment to push Britain towards the new 2050 Net Zero target.

Published on Thursday 20 June, the plan, Our Six Steps for Delivering Flexibility Services, consisted of six principles that set out how grid operators will run new “flexibility markets” across the country. These markets will use the latest smart energy technologies in businesses, communities and homes to boost network capacity in Britain’s electricity grid for connecting renewable energy projects, electric vehicle charging points and heat pumps.

The six Distribution Network Operators (DNOs), GTC (Independent DNO), Transmission Owners and National Grid ESO have agreed to champion a level playing field; ensuring visibility and accessibility; conducting procurement in an open and transparent manner; providing clarity on the dispatch of services; providing regular, consistent and transparent reporting; and working together towards whole energy system outcomes.

Fully developed markets could then allow businesses to strike demand-side response agreements and see battery storage help network operators manage the grid.

David Smith, the ENA’s Chief Executive, said: “Expanding local energy markets will bring big economic and environmental benefits, and continue to deliver the world class energy system we rely on every day.”