The UK’s Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on creating new markets for distributed energy resources (DERs).

It has launched a consultation on how to create a smart electricity grid for technologies such as battery storage, solar panels and services such as electric vehicles to grid demand response.

It is part of its Open Networks Project, an industry initiative aimed at facilitating the transition towards a smart energy system.
Energy Networks Association
David Smith, CEO of Energy Networks Association said: “The smart grid transition has the potential to create a whole new range of market opportunities for new technology and service providers, many of whom will be participating in the UK marketplace for the first time.

“Our energy networks increasingly need to access the latest technologies and services in order to ensure they have the access to those things but also about how we can ensure that we make the most of the smart transition for those companies providing them.”

Energy Live News reports that the consultation document lists five key considerations that need to be addressed to ensure DERs can provide services in a way that improves network co-ordination and reduces system costs.

Maximising the use of DER assets

Delivering access to markets

Encouraging new business models

Maximising benefits of competition

Maximising third party involvement

The ENA is also looking to develop the Distribution System Operator (DSO) role by outlining different models for how the DSO will interact with the transmission operator and DERs.

It suggests the evolution of the DSO role will be a crucial part of the smart energy system, a platform for new technologies and is a priority for the Open Networks Project.

The consultation will run until 29th September.