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Flex Provider Roundtable #1: Understanding DSO Qualification

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June 11, 2021
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Flex Provider Roundtable #1: Understanding DSO Qualification

A summary report from the first Flex Provider roundtable focusing on understanding DSO flexibility market qualification.

Piclo

June 11, 2021
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  1. Piclo Flex
    Flex Provider Roundtable Summary Report
    17th May 2021

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  2. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Competition reminders
    System Operator Details Qualification deadline Competitions open Competitions close
    1.4GW of competitions open.
    Each competition has a set guide
    price.
    11th June 28th June 2nd July
    300MW competitions seeking
    restore, dynamic and secure
    services.
    Each competition has a maximum
    yearly budget.
    For more information, read
    ENWL’s Spring Requirements .
    2nd July
    (make sure to complete their
    PQQ)
    19th July 30th July

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  3. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Updates
    Asset API pilot
    ● We’re piloting an Asset API for Flex Providers to optimise submitting and updating your asset information on Piclo Flex,
    and would like to invite you to take part!
    ● Currently, Flex Providers submit and update asset information onto Piclo Flex via the Excel Asset File. The Asset File has
    over 30 fields to submit information on, so we know this process is time-consuming for many. The Asset API allows asset
    information to be added and updated in Piclo Flex, as an alternative to the Excel file upload method. It can be used to
    automatically synchronise your own asset database with your asset data in Piclo Flex.
    ● Find out more
    Need support? Book a 1-1
    ● If you have any questions, want more information about flexibility competitions, have queries about your assets or how to
    use Piclo Flex you can get in touch at support@picloflex.com
    Coming soon: new Flex Provider features
    ● Tools for faster bidding

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  4. Market insights

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  5. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Overview
    Assets
    ● MWh capacity has grown x2 in the
    last year
    ● Asset volume has grown x6 in the
    last year
    ● Assets are more likely to be planned
    than operational:
    ○ Bidding Assets: 47%
    planned
    ○ Winning assets: 78%
    planned
    ● There is high variation in the number
    of assets that bidding Flex Providers
    manage
    ○ Over 10 FPs have 0-10
    assets
    ○ 2 FPs have >5000 assets
    Competitions
    ● LV competitions have increased
    participation opportunities, with
    over 1300 in Q3 2020 and 1400 in
    Q2 2021.
    ● There was nearly 70 times as many
    low voltage competitions in Q3 2020
    compared to high voltage.
    Bidding
    ● Most Flex Providers are just starting
    out and have bid in only 1
    competition round; the most
    experienced Flex Provider has taken
    part in 5 competitions

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  6. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Discussion
    Planned assets: with nearly 80% of contracts going to
    planned assets, is there an industry concern these won’t be
    built?
    ● ENA: This topic is something the market should
    provide insight and feedback on
    ● Piclo Roadmap: improvements to updating asset
    data, such as through an Asset API, will enable the
    market to track asset status in a timely and
    accurate manner
    Size of assets
    ● There’s substantial variation in size of assets on
    Piclo, with the average size being heavily
    influenced by the large volume of smaller assets
    uploaded to Piclo Flex
    Winning asset status

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  7. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Discussion
    Next time?
    ● We’ll look to produce more competition
    statistics and types of assets registered
    to Piclo Flex
    ● Pricing statistics and longer-term
    analysis on the evolving market per
    location were also requested
    Poll result: what type of market statistics would you
    like to see from Piclo?

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  8. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Overview
    The Energy Networks Association provided an overview of the existing Open Networks projects including:
    ● Process and standardisation of DSO flexibility procurement
    ● The next Open Networks consultations will be published in July and August 2021
    ● Standardised procurement timelines: spring tender and autumn tender
    ● Procurement assessment stages
    ● Recommendations for 2021 and 2022
    The ENA’s full slide deck is available here
    Speakers:
    ● Farina Farrier, Head of Open Networks
    ● Avi Aithal, Open Networks Technical Leads

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  9. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd

    Discussion
    Shorter Term Markets: ESO services such as STOR and new frequency response
    products are moving to day ahead procurement. Do you expect DSO services to move
    closer to real time procurement?
    ● Regulations: RIIO-ED2 methodology decision
    ● Piclo Roadmap: Piclo Flex is able to facilitate shorter term procurement when
    needed, with further optimisations on the platform coming in the next 12
    months
    ● Trials: there are already some examples of day-ahead procurement from WPD
    TSO / DSO coordination: How will the potential conflict between ESO and DSO be
    managed?
    ● ENA: this topic is being targeted in upcoming workstreams
    DNOs should identify the optimum
    combination of longer and shorter
    term lengths of markets and
    contract lengths reflecting the
    network need. Needs should be
    neutrally defined, to allow for a
    range of flexibility providers to
    participate. This will help improve
    market liquidity and the
    opportunities for innovation and
    dynamic competition.”

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  10. New Qualification Process

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  11. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    New Qualification Process
    Flex Providers now have to declare whether they will or won’t participate in the competition by Confirming or
    Withdrawing. This is an essential step of qualification. The new process follows these steps:
    1. Log into account and go to Manage
    2. Click into Qualification and enter the Confirm entry status page
    3. Select which competitions you are interested in proceeding with and click Confirm entry
    4. Select competitions you don't want to proceed with and click Withdraw
    5. Download qualifying asset data
    6. Check asset data is complete and up to date to ensure a successful technical check by the DSO
    How will this benefit me?
    ● Helps you communicate an intention to bid or lets you withdraw
    ● List of competitions you qualify for provides better visibility of your qualification status
    ● New Qualified asset download helps you complete any external PQQ processes
    Long-term vision
    ● Long term vision: remove the need for an offline, manual PQQ process by incorporating it all on Piclo
    Need help?
    ● Read our help article
    ● Book a 1-1 session to run through the new process with us: support@picloflex.com

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  12. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Where to look on Piclo Flex

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  13. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    FAQs
    1. How to see your qualifying assets?
    ○ Download file in Manage > Qualification
    2. How do I decide to confirm or withdraw?
    ○ If you intend to bid into the competition then confirm
    ○ If you will not participate, let the DSO know by withdrawing
    3. What if you want to participate with only a subset of assets in the zone?
    ○ Confirm the competition
    ○ During bidding you can use asset specific bidding function
    4. What will happen to the ones I withdraw?
    ○ You won’t be able to bid
    5. What if I miss the deadline?
    ○ It is really important to do this before qualification closes, or you may lose the ability to bid
    ○ Piclo will follow up with Flex Providers who don’t make a decision
    6. Can I change my mind?
    ○ Yes, as long as you update your decision before qualification closes
    7. What about PQQ?
    ○ You will be able to see which assets are qualifying and create your PQQ based on that

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  14. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Book a 1-1 through emailing: support@picloflex.com
    Poll result: Do you feel like you know
    enough to follow the new qualification
    process?
    Poll result: Has the alignment of DSOs
    procurement rounds in to ‘Spring’ and ‘Autumn’
    tenders been help to you this year?
    Discussion

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  15. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Flex Provider Roundtable 2
    When
    ● 8th July, 10:00-12:00
    Topic
    ● Optimising bidding in DSO flexibility markets
    Speakers
    ● Flex Providers: attendees wanted Flex Providers to speak next time, and so do
    we!
    ● If you have a particular subject you would like to raise with the group, get in touch
    - [email protected]

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  16. CONFIDENTIAL © Open Utility Ltd
    Flex Provider Roundtable 2
    Poll result: What would you like this group to
    cover in the future?
    Poll result: What speakers would you like to
    attend in future?

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  17. [email protected]
    Thank you
    Alice Tyler
    CPO & Co founder
    Matthew Smith
    Product Manager
    Mike Thomas
    Product Designer
    Meghan Collins
    Product Manager
    Hua Zhang
    Service Designer

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