1st Annual (2019)

Successfully Gaining a Grid Connection to an Evolving Energy Network

Thursday 13 June 2019


Registration and refreshments
Chair’s welcome and opening remarks
Part 1: Policy and the future of the network
What do the latest government updates mean for the future of the UK’s energy industry – supporting new energy development
  • Addressing the consultation on the proposals for planning for electricity storage to increase storage and renewable projects
  • What do the changes mean for future projects gaining a grid connection?
  • What further policy changes should be made to help grow the energy industry?
  • Will these legislative changes improve the network?
Frank Gordon
Policy Manager
The Electricity System Operator (ESO) – what this means for the future of the network
  • The introduction of the Electricity System Operator (ESO)- what this means for the future of the network and consumers
  • What the transition from DNO’s to DSO’s means for the national grid
James Greenhalgh
Electricity Customer Connections Manager
National Grid
Morning refreshments
The transition from Distribution Network Operators to Distribution System Operators – what does this mean for the delivery of future projects?
  • How will the transition from DNOs to DSOs provide more flexibility for the sector?
  • What would the future role of DSOs be?
  • Timelines of when and how the transition will take place
  • How will this transition impact future grid connections?
  • Will this transition evolve the industry and improve the efficiency of projects connecting to the grid?
Randolph Brazier
Head of Innovation & Development
Energy Networks Association
Significant Code Review in Access and Forward-Looking Charging
  • What are the aims and objectives of SCR?
  • What does SCR mean for future connections?
  • The review of DUoS and TNUoS charges and what this means for developers seeking a grid connection
Becca Aspinwall
Legal Director
Pinsent Masons
Part 2: Securing a grid connection
How to secure a faster and cheaper connection for your project without any delays
  • Understanding the costs and fees associated with requesting a grid connection
  • Working with the current planning and regulatory consents and the associated challenges
  • What assessments DNOs undertake to process a grid connection request and the information required from the developer
  • Understanding the Statement of Work process and what assessments are carried out by National Grid
  • The timelines for getting your project connected to the grid
  • Overcoming the common challenges and pitfalls developers encounter during a grid connection application
Networking lunch
Gaining a flexible connection for your project
  • Improving messaging and information to developers to help them understand where capacity is available
  • The different types of flexible connections and identifying the right one for your project
  • The advantages and disadvantages of obtaining a flexible connection over a firm connection
  • How to financially plan for a flexible connection - the different types of methods used to help you work out costs associated with a flexible connection
  • How much money do flexible connections save the developer?
  • How much grid access would a project have with a flexible connection?
Part 3: Future innovations and how they could be integrated into your project
The impact of emerging technologies on our network and what innovations could be used to adapt to the new demands
  • The future role of electric vehicles and heat pumps in increasing demand on the grid – the impact on new energy development
  • What innovations are needed to evolve the network to one which is able to support the increased demand and reduce costs and delays in connecting projects to the grid?
Alan Gooding
Executive Director
Smarter Grid Solutions
PANEL DISCUSSION: Innovation and preparing now for future energy projects
  • What should the future network look like?
  • The role of smart grids and battery storage in alleviating the constraints on the grid
  • What innovations could be integrated into the network to help improve connectivity?
  • How can incorporating smart technologies help deliver your project, reduce costs and improve connectivity?
Anthony Price
Afternoon refreshments
Battery storage: The key to the UK’s future energy development?
  • The efficiency and the issues associated with battery storage
  • Is battery storage imperative to the future of the UK’s energy sector?
  • Why has modelling and quantifying battery storage projects become more difficult in the current economic climate?
  • How to secure funding following the suspension of the Capacity Market
  • The need to update the regulations associated with battery storage
Madeleine Greenhalgh
Policy and Advocacy Manager and ESN Policy Lead
CASE STUDY: Energy storage projects
  • The challenges encountered with gaining a planning consent for battery storage projects
  • The delays and costs encountered during the project
  • Key lessons learned and how to apply them to your project
Chair’s closing remarks
Close of conference and networking drinks

*All sessions include time for Q & A*