The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched a consultation on how electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) should manage the ‘queue’ of distributed generation customers who want to connect to the network.
The consultation sets out principles on which DNOs could withdraw a connection offer from a customer if their development is not progressing to meet certain ‘milestones’. This capacity could then be reallocated to other customers who are waiting to connect to the network. The proposals are designed to address a problem identified by the Distributed Generation (DG) community where some developers are holding up network capacity with projects that are not progressing, and may never progress.
ENA has developed the principles and milestones with DG customers, and the consultation will provide a further opportunity for stakeholders at all levels to contribute to the detail of these proposals.
Separately, the industry is also working towards new standards for networks (so-called ‘P2′) that could see levels of service vary for demand customers from area to area. That work is at an earlier stage and will be subject to consultation by industry working groups. Subscribers: login to read