Ofgem publishes RIIO-ED1 strategy consultation

Ofgem has published an eight week strategy consultation relating to its proposed approach to RIIO-ED1 (the next distribution price control for electricity Distribution Network Operators (DNOs)). The RIIO model is based on the formula “Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs”.

RIIO-ED1 will define the outputs that must be delivered, and the incentives and revenues that may be collected by DNOs during an eight year period (1 April 2015 – 31 March 2023).

The consultation discusses the role of RIIO-ED1 and Ofgem in relation to the development of smart grids.  Assets installed in RIIO-ED1 may last 40 years or more and the outputs of this consultation will have long-term repercussions for industry beyond the RIIO-ED1.

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IEEE-SA updates four standards and launches standards development project for communications and operational capabilities for smart grids

On 26 September 2012, the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) announced updates of smart grid related standards for:

  • electric power systems communications;
  • electric power distribution reliability indices;
  • utility industry metering communication protocol application layers; and
  • automatic reclosing of circuit breakers for distribution and transmission lines.

The IEEE-SA has also announced a further standards development project.

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ENTSO-E consultation on the Operational Security Network Code

On 3 September 2012, the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) launched a web based public consultation on the Operational Security Network Code (OS NC), with comments invited from interested parties until 3 November 2012.  It is hoped that the OS NC will help set a basis that will assist the development of the internal electricity market and smart and super grids.

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ACER publishes Framework Guidelines on Electricity Balancing

The Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER) published Framework Guidelines on Electricity Balancing on 18 September 2012. The Framework Guidelines aim to set out clear and objective principles for the development of a new network code pursuant to the EU Electricity Regulation ((EC) No 714/2009). 

Whilst smart grids are not expressly mentioned in the Framework Guidelines, it is clearly contemplated that these systems will form a key element of complying with the new code, including the requirement that Transmission System Operators (TSOs) “…develop real-time monitoring of performance and quality of balancing”.

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