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  • Future of Balancing Services

  • Welcome to the Future of Balancing Services webpage.

    As the UK moves to a low-carbon economy, the way we operate the electricity system is evolving. A smart, flexible system that makes the best use of all the energy resources available will enable us to meet our customers’ needs in a balanced, efficient and economical way.

    Our aim is to create balancing services markets that meet our changing system needs and in which all technology types can compete on a level playing field.  To achieve this we will provide market information that plainly sets out our needs, simplify our products to create transparency and ensure routes to market for all participants.

    This webpage will be a hub for publishing updates on services and system needs as we progress. To be kept informed of these updates please sign up to our mailing list using the form below. 

    As always, we are keen to understand your views. You can get in touch with us to provide your thoughts and feedback at:

  • Future of Balancing Services - CoverFuture of Balancing Services Ambition

    Our Future of Balancing Services ambition sets out our high level plan for how we will work with the industry to ensure efficient and economic balancing services markets.

  •  System Needs and Product Strategy - CoverSystem Needs and Product Strategy 

    Our System Needs and Product Strategy consultation provides more information on our future system needs and consults on how we can best facilitate the evolution of balancing services markets.

    Two webinars on the System Needs and Product Strategy were hosted on the 3rd and 7th July 2017. The slides and Q&A from this webinar can be viewed at the following links: 



    This consultation closed on Tuesday 18th July 2017. A summary of the key insights can be found at the following link: 


    Associated Documents

    16th August 2017 - Commercial Principles for Contracted Flexibility: Promoting Access to Markets for Distributed Energy Resources
    In order to manage the electricity system efficiently we need to ensure that Distributed Energy Resources are able to participate in local and national flexibility markets. The Energy Networks Association has published a commercial principles paper that sets out a number of considerations to be addressed and different models for DER participation in flexibility markets, representing a significant step towards enabling market access for DERs.
    You can access the paper via the ENA's website
    This paper is a consultation, which closes on 29th September 2017. The response will inform the ENA's Open Network Project deliverables and our work on evolution of balancing services products.
    4th August 2017 - Connecting to UK Power Network's South East Coast Network - Information for Distributed Energy Resources

    In our role as Electricity System Operator, we are collaborating with UK Power Networks to trial new ways of working to solve network issues on a whole system basis. Together, we have developed an approach that unlocks further capacity for the connection of Distributed Energy Resources in the South-East coast region of England. 


    This fact sheet sets out what developers of Distributed Energy Resources need to know regarding constraint management arrangements that will facilitate additional capacity to connect within the South-East Coast distribution network from June 2017 (covering Bolney, Ninfield, Sellindge and Canterburt Grid Supply Points).