Open Networks Development Programme

In September 2019, the Electricity Authority announced the start of its Open Networks Development Programme which is part of our wider programme of work to reduce inefficient barriers to the development and use of evolving technologies and business models across the supply chain.

The Open Networks programme responds to advice we received on creating equal access to electricity networks from our Innovation and Participation Advisory Group (IPAG) in early 2019.

One of the issues identified by IPAG was a need to standardise DER connection policies across the whole country where practical. To help to address this, we have released a public consultation document proposing an amendment to Part 6 of the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010. The changes would allow for integrating hosting capacity into small-scale distributed generation connections. Consultation will be open until 3 December 2019.

Open Networks – Standards Forum

On 19 November 2019, we will be hosting a forum to provide more information on the proposed changes to Part 6. We would also like to discuss with participants the proposals and the wider question of what standards will be required to support Open Networks and how best these can be developed. An outline agenda of some of the topics is below. A more detailed agenda will be provided shortly.

Time

Session

 9.15 am

Welcome and introduction

 09.20 am

General overview of the Open Networks Development Programme

10.30 am

The proposed amendment to Part 6 of the Code – Integrating hosting capacity into small-scale distributed generation connections

11.15 am

Approach to standards setting to support DER and Open Networks

12.45 pm (approx.)

Light lunch provided

 1.15 pm

Other standards presentations

 4.30 pm

Forum concludes

Attendance at the forum is free, and we encourage you to attend if you can. The forum will be held at:

Cliftons Conference Centre

Level 28,  The Majestic Centre, 100 Willis Street

Wellington

To register for the forum please send your name, organisation and contact details to conference@ea.govt.nz and type “Standards Forum” in the subject line.

Note that total attendance numbers are limited and attendance may be limited by organisation and applicability of the workshop to individuals.