The Energy Networks Association (ENA) is seeking views on creating new markets for distributed energy resources (DERs).
It is part of its Open Networks Project, an industry initiative aimed at facilitating the transition towards a smart energy system.
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.
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.”
The consultation will run until 29th September.