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.


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