Distribution network operators (DNOs) will adopt a common tool from tomorrow (1 April) to market-test and make decisions on potential flexibility solutions.
The new tool is a standard and transparent methodology to be used when choosing solutions to solve congestion, giving flexibility providers more visibility of the decision methodology. The aim is to give confidence to flexibility providers and help the market grow and potential users can see a practical run-through and ask questions in a webinar on Thursday 8 April.
The Common Evaluation Methodology helps the networks get the right solution onto the network when faced by constraints, by assessing different potential options, and ensures that distribution network operators are evaluating flexible options versus traditional network reinforcement solutions consistently and transparently.
The improved approach was developed in partnership with Baringa Partners. The tool is due to be enduring and can evolve under open governance arrangements run by ENA, specifically to build considerations into the tool such as optionality and carbon impact assessment. Potential changes will be considered by a new CEM user forum to be created in the summer, comprising the product team and interested industry representatives. The opportunity to nominate participants in the User Forum will be shared mid-spring.
Randolph Brazier, Director of Innovation and Electricity Systems at Energy Networks Association said: ”Building these markets requires consumers to have the confidence to participate, so having a standard decision-making process across the country means that those wishing to pitch-in and provide services to the networks know exactly what criteria will be used to assess their solution no matter the location.
He added, “Reaching Net Zero carbon emissions remains our top priority, and with the publication and adoption of this methodology we believe the transparency and consistency will result in more liquidity in flexibility markets.”
Join the webinar here.