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 hosted a forum to provide more information on the proposed changes to Part 6. The presentations from this event are available below.