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Assessment of the scope for higher penetrations of distributed generation on the LV distribution network

ESB Networks is committed to enabling the move towards a low carbon future by enabling technologies and facilitating our customers' transition to a low carbon future.   Our latest report focuses on microgeneration.  Read more here   Assessment of the scope for higher penetrations of distributed generation on the low volage distribution network | Download PDF 8MB

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Investment Planning and Delivery Report 2018

This document is a joint TSO/TAO Report between EirGrid and ESB Networks which looks at our performance in planning investments and ultimately delivering transmission system projects in 2018.

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Electricity Transmission Performance Report 2018

This document is a joint TSO/TAO Report between EirGrid and ESB Networks which looks at our performance in developing, operating and maintaining the transmission system throughout 2018.

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Innovation Strategy Close Out Report - Intelligent Secondary Substation Monitoring (WinterPeak)

Decarbonisation of the electrical network will see a significant impact on the Low Voltage (LV) network with the increasing integration of Low Carbon Technologies (LCTs) such as heat pumps, solar PV and Electric Vehicles. The effect on the LV network as a consequence of the integration of these new technologies is not yet fully understood. To gain valuable knowledge of these technologies, ESB Networks are trialling a number of different innovative monitoring devices to fully understand what is required to effectively monitor the LV network.

Innovation Strategy Close Out Report - Intelligent Secondary Substation Monitoring (WinterPeak) | Download PDF | 1MB

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ECP-2 Decision CRU/20/060 – Capacity Release DSO Applications

As outlined in Section 2.9 of  the ECP-2 Decision paper, all projects contracted pre ECP-1 (but not those that folded into ECP-1) were given a final opportunity by ESB Networks and Eirgrid to terminate their connection agreement and release their full contracted MEC on the same terms and conditions for capacity release outlined in CER/16/284 (including 80% refund of first stage payment).

Please click the link below to view the full list of DSO Projects who availed of Final Capacity Release:

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DSO Capacity Release Form

On the 10th June 2020, the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU) published a  Decision Paper - Enduring Connection Policy Stage 2 (ECP-2) CRU/20/060 (the “CRU Decision Paper”), following a CRU Consultation - Enduring Connection Policy Stage 2 (ECP-2) - Proposed Decision CRU/19/143. 

As directed by the CRU, this standard application form has been published to facilitate the implementation of Section 2.9 of the CRU Decision Paper. This application form should not be used for any other purpose. 

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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

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All-island Network Code Stakeholder Forum Slideshow

The 8th All-island Network Code Stakeholder Forum took place on the 12th August 2020.This Forum provides information on changes to connection standards, European rules for the electricity market and grid operations, emergency procedures and on other areas of European electricity policy.

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