Networks seek views on boosting flexibility market

The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is looking to “turbo-charge” flexibility measures, such as smart charging and demand-side response, after the launch of a consultation.

On 3 August, the ENA explained that with over 50% of the country’s electricity coming from low carbon sources, a net zero system is within reach. Its Open Networks Project is aiming to lead and drive the changes needed for a standardised and easy to access future framework, one that will make the market flexible enough to support both higher levels of renewable power and the electrification of transport and heating.

Views are sought from the “energy industry and beyond” on how the Open Networks Project can drive further standardisation in local energy markets. It stressed industry viewpoints are vital and bring the energy system closer to the people it serves, identifying barriers to entry which, when overcome, enable new parties to get involved in the market of the future. Such parties include hospitals with on-site generation, stores with refrigeration banks and sites with electric vehicle (EV) charge points, bringing benefits to these organisations, those already participating in national markets, while also decarbonising the economy and cutting costs for consumers.

The consultation will run for eight weeks, closing on 25 September with a formal Open Networks Project response to follow later in the year. It follows the successful release of the Distribution System Operation (DSO) implementation plan, with the ENA noting that responses to the consultation, along with Open Networks’ continuing progress on flexibility, will underpin that plan going forwards.