ENWL Spring 2022 Competitions

This page will hold an up to date list of questions and answers relating to Electricity North West Limited’s (ENWL) competitions during Spring 2022. Please also visit ENWL’s website to complete the Pre Qualification Questionnaire, which is mandatory for submission to the system operator (SO) during the qualification period. Information provided to the platform and the PQQ need to match; otherwise, the SO has the right to disqualify the asset. 

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Q1. Does ENWL require a PQQ?

Yes. You will need to submit a PQQ for each competition that you wish to take part in. Please submit your PQQ via the ENWL's website. 

Q2. What is the payment structure?

Payments will be made for the following products as follows:

Product Fees
Sustain Utilisation only
Secure Availability and Utilisation
Dynamic Availability and Utilisation
Restore Utilisation only

The above applies to both MWs (Active Power) and MVArs (Reactive Power), depending on the product contracted for.

No other payments will be made.

Q3. Can the number of Utilisation Events be provided?

These are provided for each zone. 

Q4. What is the dispatch method?

For the majority of sites we will communicate with your asset(s) via an API (Application Programming Interface) from the Flexible Power portal. For any Providers who cannot interface with the Flexible power API, an option for utilisation instructions for Dynamic and Restore products may be offered via an Electricity North West owned Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) located within the Company substation supplying the site. Further details on which can be found within the specification of the Invitation to Tender.

Q5. Can bids only be submitted from assets already connected?

We will consider bids from assets already connected and also from those in development. However, we are using these services to ensure network security. Therefore during our PQQ phase, we will require development milestones to assess the validity and certainty of bids received. 

Note: any asset would need to be available for testing at least one month before the first service window.

Q6. Is exclusivity required?

No, we do not require exclusivity.

You are permitted to stack other services with other parties, providing they do not prevent you from meeting your contractual obligations with us.

Q7. Can a split bid be submitted?

All bids must be submitted via the Piclo Flex platform, and the following applies:

  1. Providers can submit individual bids for the different service requirements within each area.
  2. MWs/MVARs can be offered in smaller volumes with either a single price or split price offered.
  3. Bids must be for the whole service window of the individual service requirements.
  4. You can bid different prices for different assets, but you cannot bid the same asset at multiple different price points. 
Q8. When will the Flexibility Service Agreement be issued?

If your bid is accepted, shortly after, a Flexibility Services Agreement reflecting the service contracted for will be issued.  

Q9. How will performance be monitored?

We will confirm your flexible service delivery via your meter, using the variance in load between receipt of our signal and your response to determine whether requirements have been met. You should keep an accurate record of your flexible service delivery as evidence of your performance.

Q10. What is the baseline methodology?

For contracted sites, the delivery of flexible services will be measured at the point of supply. 

The response level will be calculated using settlement readings for the duration of the contracted performance window once the activation or deactivation signal or planned schedule is triggered. Responses will be calculated on the number of full minutes of response.

Q11. What assessments will be carried out on the bids/bidders?

Commercial assessments are carried out at the DPS stage, followed by technical compliance at the PQQ stage and a final technical assessment at the bidding stage once assets have been confirmed. At the bidding stage, bids are assessed using the industry agreed on Common Evaluation Methodology.

Q12. How long are long-term contracts? Do they remain within the RIIO period?

For the Spring 2022 tender, contracts are for a maximum of 2 years up to the end of the RIIO-ED1 period. 

Q13. Are all of the offerings for generator turn-up/load turn-down? When will we start to see demand turn-up/generator turn-down offerings?

We continually review our network requirements to identify potential opportunities for flexibility. 

Q14. Are there any limitations aside from location on the types of resources or technologies that can participate, or is the tender completely technology-agnostic?

We will assess assets from all types of resources and technologies.

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