14 Sep 2023


Electricity North West Opens Up increased Data on Distribution Flexibility Services

In our latest blog post Keith Evans our flexible solutions manager discusses the publication of flexibility services procurement and dispatch data tables from our annual Distribution Flexibility Services Procurement Report via our Open Data Portal.

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The data tables provided cover the individual procurement data, the locational summary of procurement, and the dispatch data. This data will be updated every 6 months following competition of the bi-annual procurement cycle. Also recently added to the data portal is the Risk of Conflict Report which has been developed in collaboration with the ENA Open Networks Project to enable co-ordination of DNO and ESO services. In the event that a risk of service conflict is forecast between ENWL and the ESO this will be indicated on the Open Data Portal. This data will be updated as conflicts are forecast.

This data is provided on top of a wide range of other data sets that Electricity North West are already publishing to the data portal. Check out our Data Portal to see what else we have to offer.

This is part of our commitment to making more data sets open to stakeholders in a range of formats. The data is already shared in the form of a report as well as an accompanying spreadsheet, but now the move to sharing this data via the Open Data Portal means that it is now accessible in a range of other data formats including API & CSV.

This data is important for a number of stakeholders, including:

  • Developers of distributed energy resources (DERs) or potential Flexibility Service Providers who can use the data to inform their investment decisions.
  • Network operators who can use the data to plan and optimise their networks.
  • Policymakers who can use the data to inform their decisions on energy policy.
  • Researchers who can use the data to study the impact of DERs on the electricity grid.

We are continuing to develop and share new data sets via the Open Data Portal. This will help to improve transparency and collaboration in the energy sector, and ultimately help to deliver a more sustainable energy future.

How to Access the Data

The data is available to download from the Electricity North West’s Open Data Portal. Visit Home — Electricity North West (opendatasoft.com) and from here you can search for the data by keyword or category.

There are a variety of formats, including CSV, JSON, and XML. You can choose the format that best suits your needs.

The Benefits of Open Data

There are many advantages to using open data, it can help to:

  • Improve transparency and accountability.
  • Promote collaboration and innovation.
  • Drive economic growth.
  • Support decision-making.

We believe that Open Data is essential for a more sustainable and successful future. By sharing our data, we are helping to make the energy sector more transparent and collaborative, and ultimately helping to deliver a cleaner, more efficient, and more reliable energy system.