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1st Annual (2019)
Successfully Gaining a Grid Connection to an Evolving Energy Network
Practical insights, latest policy updates and complete guidance on how you can secure a grid connection for your energy project
Thursday 13 June 2019
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13th 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?
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
Electricity Customer Connections Manager
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?
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
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
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?
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?
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
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
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