Network Flexibility Map
The UK's electricity system is undergoing a rapid period of change as distribution network customers invest in generation and alter their consumption behaviours to effect a lower carbon future. To enable a greater volume of demand, generation and storage to be connected, our networks are becoming smarter and more active. Creating a more efficient and flexible system will benefit all customers and empower them to be at the centre of the energy revolution.
We recognise that the change from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO) is essential to driving performance and efficiency from our network and to ensure it can meet the future energy demands of all our customers. The enhanced capabilities we are developing will also give our customers the freedom to access other opportunities within the developing energy system.
Facilitating new neutral markets around flexibility is a key objective in National Grid’s DSO Strategy. This will require us to provide a greater level of information on the performance characteristics of our network than ever before and in a format which is understandable and transparent. This new style of information presentation has been developed through close engagement with our stakeholders and we anticipate this signposting information to inform the market ahead of us requesting tenders for flexibility.
A signpost provides general directions to a number of destinations, though does not describe the exact path in the way a map would. In the same sense, National Grid’s signposting information directs flexibility providers to the different distribution system needs required under a range of scenarios and timings.
The Network Flexibility Map also provides information on the live tenders where National Grid is currently seeking expressions of interest from flexibility. More information, and how to apply, can be found on our Flexible Power website – www.flexiblepower.co.uk.
We have published a Flexibility map glossary - this will help explain any terminology which may be confusing.