Generation Consultation 

With network capacity exhausted and the absence of additional energy policy drivers that might permit an economic case to be made by NIE Networks or SONI for future network investment, SONI and NIE Networks have asked for input from industry on a way forward for generation connections through the Call For Evidence issued on the 12 October 2017 and thConsultation on Connecting Further Generation in Northern Ireland (published on 31 January 2018).

Sections 5.2 to 5.4 of the above consultation addressed ‘Distribution Imminent Process Changes and Introduction of Milestones’ which were relevant only to NIE Networks. These sections detailed the changes to queuing principles and presented a number of questions to stakeholders on the potential introduction of milestones to Distribution offer of terms for connection, for a Generating Unit. 

Following the responses received from stakeholders to the consultation and stakeholder input received at the NIE Networks Milestone Workshop held on 20th February, NIE Networks has now published the Decision Paper on Distribution Generation Process Change and Introduction of Milestones. This paper outlines the responses received from stakeholders in relation to these more immediate matters outlined in Section 5.2 to 5.4 and the rationale for NIE Networks’ final decision regarding the milestones which will be introduced into any Distribution offer of terms for connection, of a Generating Unit, issued after the 18th of May 2018.

The updated approach is formalised within the Distribution Generation Application and Offer Process Statement and all applicant’s seeking to connect a Generating Unit, other than microgeneration, should read this Statement for information on the Distribution Generation Application and Offer Process.

The remaining sections of the consultation paper have been addressed through the join NIE Networks & SONI Consultation Next Steps Paper (published 29 June 2018). The next steps paper proposes the formation of a Connections Innovation Working Group to tackle the complex challenges now faced in order to find solutions that would allow the further connection of generation that are technically and commercially viable for both network operators and generators.
NIE Networks and SONI will be calling for expressions of interest from stakeholders to join the working group between 27 July - 17 August, followed by finalisation of the group membership on 7 September with the inital meeting to be held during September. Please sign up to the mailing list below if you wish to be kept up to date on these matters via e-mail.

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