Flexibility providers (DER owners & Technical Aggregators)

Flexibility Providers (DER owners & technical aggregators) who can provide flex to the DSO Flexibility.

Key messages for you:

  • TRANSITION has delivered an evidential base to inform decisions on market design for flexibility services and proven the value of collaboration and coordination, leading to a whole systems approach in ED2.
  • Simplified contractual arrangements are key to enabling wider participation and unlocking flexibility from aggregators and suppliers.
  • A liquid market requires a fair price for flexibility that reflects the associated local and wider socio-economic benefits and the value obtained freely by other market actors, such as the ESO.
  • TRANSITION successfully tested the neutral facilitation of a marketplace can enable the delivery of a variety of flexibility and capacity services and products (delivery timescales).
  • Robust digital models of the LV network at the street level form the basis for accurate forecasts that can enable greater uptake of LCTs.
  • The automation of PSA modelling at all voltage levels can facilitate the identification and communication of flexibility requirements within DNOs and to potential flexibility providers.
  • Automatic constraint prediction and economic optimisation tools are required to enable the efficient use of flexibility at scale.

What does DSO mean for you:

  • Simple and standardised services, processes and solutions to make it easier to participate in different markets.
  • Improved data and a fair value for flexibility to support investment.
  • A single marketplace for services with different routes to market.
  • Increased market opportunity for flexibility services.
  • Clear communication and transparent rules for contracting, delivering and settling flexibility.

The key learnings from TRANSITION and what we are doing next…

Key Learnings and Outcomes

  1. Alternative routes to market, e.g., via different platforms, can provide more access opportunities for participants.
  2. We have developed a robust process which defines what needs to be done, when, and by whom to enable flexibility.
  3. The S&D tool can provide a formal and transparent means for contracting and delivering flexibility.
  4. The ability to stack different revenue streams is imperative to a liquid market in which both Market Participants and the network can benefit.
  5. Market participants need contractual mechanisms that are easy to understand, concise, efficient, and accessible.

What are we doing next?

  1. Use feedback to inform the tools, products and services we will develop in Business as Usual.
  2. Defining an easy and quick process for new and existing flexible resources to register assets for flexibility services.
  3. Increase the use of flexibility and share valuable data with flexibility providers.
  4. Review the service requirements and primacy rules to ensure market participants can participate across markets.
  5. Use feedback to ensure future contractual mechanisms are appropriate for all market participants.

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