The North West’s power network operator has launched its latest flexibility services consultation.
Electricity North West wants to hear from key stakeholders to help shape the future of flexibility.
The firm is seeking feedback on its priorities and approach to procuring flexibility services, with a key focus on data sharing, engagement, technical requirements and contracting.
As an integral part of the transition to net zero, Electricity North West acknowledges the importance of collaboration with stakeholders in developing efficient and effective flexibility markets.
Lois Clark, DSO commercial lead at Electricity North West, said: "We believe that involving stakeholders in the design and continuous improvement of our flexibility market approach will unlock immense potential and pave the way for a sustainable energy future.
“This consultation focuses on stakeholders’ experience of engaging with and participating in the distribution flexibility market, and we are committed to making our tenders as transparent and simple as possible to increase market opportunities. We look forward to hearing from our stakeholders and incorporating their valuable input."
In line with the Open Networks Project’s key deliverables for 2023, the latest consultation aims to understand stakeholders’ views on the ways in which flexibility is procured and contracted, to ensure an approach that stimulates the market, and delivers benefits for all its participants.
As the industry looks to move towards a framework-style agreement later this year, the network operator is looking to work collaboratively with stakeholders to support this transition and remove any actual or perceived barriers for potential providers submitting a tender response.
All interested stakeholders, including flexibility providers, technology companies, community groups, and consumers, are encouraged to participate in this consultation. All feedback received will be considered and incorporated where possible into the company’s future market strategy.
The consultation is open for eight weeks and closes on Friday, 15 September 2023.