17 Aug 2022

Human interest North West Utility

Power network operator launches flexibility consultation

Electricity North West is calling on its stakeholders to help shape the way it procures its flexibility requirements.

The power network operator for the North West has recently launched its first ever Distribution Flexibility Procurement Consultation.

The consultation will give stakeholders a key voice in developing the flexibility markets by seeking feedback on its processes for signposting, procuring, dispatching and settling flexible services to help increase opportunities for participation.

Lois Clark, DSO commercial lead at Electricity North West, said: "We are committed to helping our customers to decarbonise and help the North West to reach net zero carbon, and as flexibility plays a huge part in these plans, we want to ensure we capture our stakeholders’ feedback on how we can facilitate this and help to remove any barriers to entry into our flexibility markets.

“Huge progress has been made in the last few years within this space, but with plenty of work still to do, we want to capture your thoughts on how we should shape these markets of the future to best suit everyone’s needs."

The consultation is part of Electricity North West’s Distribution Flexibility Procurement Statement which stated the business will lead a consultation over summer to better understand customers’ views to inform future tendering rounds.

The consultation is open for eight weeks and closes on Friday, 30 September 2022.

All feedback received will be considered and incorporated where possible into the company’s future flexibility tenders.

Stakeholders can respond by completing the online form, emailing answers to flexible.contracts@enwl.co.uk or by attending the company’s upcoming webinar on Wednesday 14 September where responses will be collected via live polls.