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The Distribution System Security and Planning Standards

New Distribution System Security and Planning Standards

As part of the ESB Networks’ Innovation Strategy, under the Smarter HV and MV Customer Connections Innovation Project, the Distribution System Security and Planning Standards were reviewed to establish how the standards needed to evolve to meet the changes in the electricity industry taking account of the requirements of binding National and EU Energy Directives and Network Codes, whilst cost effectively maintaining a safe, secure and reliable distribution system.

These Standards are effectively the rules by which we connect our customers to the electricity distribution network. The new rules were developed during the innovation project with significant collaboration and consultation with stakeholders.

Among the updated standards, there are new standards which will help facilitate more renewable energy on our network with the introduction of non-firm access for distributed generators and flexible solutions on our network with the introduction of non-wires alternative solutions; both of which will be implemented in a phased manner over time.  This is outlined in the foreword section of the Distribution System Security and Planning Standards and the roadmaps in the Non-Firm Access for Distributed Generators Guide and the Non-Wires Alternatives to Network Development Guide.

The new Standards and Guides have recently been approved by the CRU and are available to view by following the links below.

Distribution System Security and Planning Standards | Download PDF | 1 MB

Non-Wires Alternatives to Network Development Guide | Download PDF | 666 KB

Non-Firm Access for Distribution Connected Distributed Generators Guide | Download PDF | 478 KB

CONSULTATION

Electrification of Heat and Transport Strategy

Background

ESB Networks Electrification Strategy will set out our vision and approach to facilitating the electrification of heat and transport. Through our public consultation we are seeking feedback on this draft strategy from our customers and stakeholders to ensure alignment with their ambitions and expectations.

Our purpose and commitment to our customers has always been to provide a safe, secure and resilient supply of electricity to our customers. This role is evolving as we develop the distribution system enable Ireland’s transition to a low carbon economy as our customers embrace technologies such as heat pumps, electric vehicles and microgeneration. ESB Networks has a key role to play in facilitating the transition to a low carbon society and supporting our customers to use low carbon, renewables based electricity to drive carbon out of the heat and transport sectors.

Consultation Process

As part of ESB Networks’ ongoing collaboration and communication with our customers, there are a series of questions within this consultation where we would welcome your feedback.

Responses to the consultation should be sent to innovationfeedback@esbnetworks.ie, with the consultation period closing on Friday 20th November at 5pm.  

To support the development of the strategy we will be holding an online stakeholder event on 6th November 2020. Details of the stakeholder event will be issued at a later date.

Electrification of Heat and Transport Strategy | Download PDF | 859 KB

 

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Non-Wires Alternatives to Network Development Guide

This is a guide document outlining the introduction and development of Non-Wires Alternative (NWA) options to conventional network development which will be implemented in a phased manner over time, and as indicatively set out in the roadmap in the document. 

This is a supporting guide document to the Distribution System Security and Planning Standards.

Non-Wires Alternatives to Network Development Guide | Download PDF | 666 KB

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Non-Firm Access Connections for Distribution Connected Distributed Generators Guide

This is a guide document outlining the introduction and development of Non-Firm Access (NFA) for connection of distributed generators to the distribution system which will be implemented in a phased manner over time, and as indicatively set out in the roadmap in the document. 

This is a supporting guide document to the Distribution System Security and Planning Standards.

Non-Firm Access for Distribution Connected Distributed Generators Guide | Download PDF | 478 KB