The Energy Networks Association has published a commitment from all distribution network operators (DNOs) to consider demand-side response or flexibility solutions over network reinforcement in all major projects.
Energy efficiency solutions are also in scope.
All DNOs are starting to pay for flexibility. The ENA said they will have collectively procured 320MW by the end of this year.
Given declining prices in traditional DSR products, the uncertainty created by the suspension of the Capacity Market and moves to overhaul network charging, which will take away traditional sources of revenue, aggregators will welcome any steps to expedite DNO flexibility markets.
See the ENA’s commitment here.
The association has also published a guide to connecting to the network on a flexible basis. It outlines the different types of connections generators can request from their DNO, and the restrictions and requirements of each option.
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