Current or potential technology yellow needs updated Supply Chain Partners

Supply Chain Partner who are developing technology solutions to enable the DSO Flexibility Market.

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.
  • 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).
  • A diverse range of data sources from supply through delivery to use can improve short-term planning and decision making.
  • 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:

  • Standardisation across different markets.
  • Increased visibility of our programmes of work and early engagement to enable innovation.
  • The bigger picture around flexibility and future opportunities.
  • Better understanding of the tools DSOs need, their requirements and data flows.

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

Key Learnings and Outcomes

  1. DSOs need fit-for-purpose IT solutions to run auctions (NMF), simulate and resolve constraints (PSA) and select contracts for dispatch (S&D tool) closer to real-time.
  2. Python was used as the backend language for the PSA and S&D tools due to its ease of use, compatibility and global support.
  3. Standardisation of data interaction, naming conventions (CIM) and programming language supports data sharing and reduces development time.
  4. Accurate connectivity data is key to ensuring the accuracy of network models and PSA results.
  5. Forecasting accuracy is improved by access to real time data, such as that provided by NeRDA and ElectraLink.

What are we doing next?

  1. Standardised contracts and agreements that make it faster to on-board supply chain partners to help us develop IT solutions.
  2. Work with others to agree common language, data and priorities across gas, water and other electric companies.
  3. Develop more open data sets to support partner innovation, incorporating new ways of using the data into planned products, services and network capabilities.
  4. Share digital maps of our network with our partners to provide them with live data from LV monitors and smart meters.
  5. Develop tools that forecast the use and benefits from flexibility services under different circumstances and across different products.

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