Daily Operational Plan
The Daily Operational Plan report gives DER operators and owners better visibility of UK Power Networks’ activities and transparency around all outages, helping them plan accordingly.
This annual report creates a picture of how the energy system might look by 2050. The analysis models different ‘drivers’ of change; like the uptake of electric cars, low carbon heating, renewable energy or changing consumer behaviours and how they are spread across our licence areas.
The result is four ‘scenario worlds’, each offering a different picture of the future. We publish this as an interactive summary, a technical report, and as interactive maps. We also publish the raw data so users can create their own analysis.
The DFES each December feeds into our strategic forecasting system so it influences our forecasts of demand and generation on every substation for the following year. However, the research isn’t just for our drive to lowering emissions. We want to share insights with local councils, regional planning authorities, businesses, or charities to help them create their own climate action plans.
Having excellent data forecasting is a vital tool for us to be able to plan investment in our network, support customers, and deliver insights for stakeholders to enable more electric vehicles, renewable energy, low carbon heating and smart technology.
With a clearer picture of the future, we can make sure we’re doing everything possible to reach Net Zero emissions and help our stakeholders do the same. After our round of engagement last year, we found 90% of local authorities who responded to our survey said they plan to use DFES data to inform their climate action plans.
The Daily Operational Plan shows all outages on the high voltagealong with any Distributed Energy Resources (DER) unavailability. This day-ahead report gives DER operators and owners better visibility of UK Power Networks’ activities and transparency around all outages, helping them plan accordingly.
The delivery of this Daily Operational Plan is key to our commitment to transparency around our network activities as outlined in our ED2 business plan – a key objective of our newly established Distribution System Operator (DSO).
Understanding when we can accept generation export from a generator helps you manage and plan your operations more smoothly. To help with this, our daily operational plan offers complete transparency on when assets will be taken offline due to outages or high voltage faults – when they start and when they end.
We have consolidated data on each flexibility competition, previously in two places into one. This dataset has two key machine-readable tabs – providing eligibility by postcode and guidance on expected revenue. This makes it easier for Flex Providers with large numbers of assets to automatically evaluate their participation, without manual data-reformatting and matching.
To support all our flex providers, we have also retained the tabs which present the information in a more human-readable way. All our flexibility tender data can be found in the Flexibility Tender Library.
Simplifies how Flex Providers can decide whether to participate and how to bid for Flex tenders. It reduces the amount of matching / cross-checking that Flex Providers need to do between multiple datasets.
The Network Development Plan (NDP) is published in addition to the Long Term Development Statement (LTDS), based on the network and equipment ratings in the most recent LTDS. The NDP looks ahead to developments in our best-view plan all the way up to 2050, in the context of unused substation capacity in our Distribution Future Energy Scenarios. The full Network Development Plan is updated every two years and the Network Scenario Headroom Report tables within the NDP are updated by 1 May each year.
This allows customers to self-serve to an extent on modelling the UKPN EHV network for their connections and have an idea of where available headroom will be over time under different DFES scenarios.
The Long Term Development Statement (LTDS) for each of our licence areas report on a 5 year period, describing each distribution network with detailed tables, description and diagrams describing the assets on our networks and their loading. The LTDS is published at the end of May and November each year with a five-year view of load forecasts and network developments.
This allows customers to self-serve to an extent on modelling the UKPN Extra High Voltage (EHV) network for their connections and have an idea of where available headroom will be over time under different DFES scenarios.
UK Power Networks uses forecasting such as our Distribution Future Energy Scenarios (DFES) to identify our future system needs and network capacity over the next five years. We then source all possible options to meet these needs, compare them and make a recommendation for the optimal solution, presented in the DNOA.
As part of the annual DNOA process, we publish two types of data – the methodology, which explains the process, followed by three documents containing the results for each license area.
This transparent framework helps UK Power Networks prioritise flexibility and reduce related expenditure by £410m by 2028, while meeting the future capacity needs across our network.
The DNOA is designed to help customers plan their investment in flexibility, opening up new markets and facilitating lower-cost capacity.
Contained within our LAEP open data page are over 150 datasets, of which 103 were openly available and 10 are owned by UKPN.
The datasets cover electricity generation, land use and the environment, heat and buildings, social benefit and just transition, transport and mobility and economic benefits.
The online portal is free and open to all and follows stakeholder engagement which told us the kind of data which local authorities need to access to deliver their LAEP plans.
We put local authority users at the centre of the digital tool development, partnering with design thinking specialists and other delivery partners under Project CLEO (Collaborative Local Energy Optimisation).
Providing an all in one energy data planning solution for Local Authorities in six key areas enabling them to reach their Net Zero energy goals.
Our LAEP open data page includes feedback options to allow users to suggest new datasets that could be included.
The Flexibility Dispatches dataset details flexibility service dispatches issued by UK Power Networks. Users can search back to 1 April 2023 and new dispatches are added monthly. This dataset gives the user the latest information on provision of flexibility on our network, providing insight and transparency to market participants.
Each row includes the timing, location, product, capacity, technology, and provider for our growing volume of flexibility dispatches. A typical month can see thousands of such dispatches. The dataset can be downloaded to the right or incorporated into the user’s interface via API.
Note that flexibility provided through our ‘Sustain’ product is not dispatched and is not included within this dataset.
Enables Flexibility Providers to understand likely utilisation patterns and prices (in combination with UKPN’s forward-looking guidance).
Flexibility Providers can use this dataset to evolve their participation, to take into account the actions of others in the markets (e.g., adjust their pricing).
Your Local Net Zero Hub provides Local Authorities with data, tools and resources to inform and support their Net Zero planning. The hub includes guidance for learning about Local Area Energy Planning (LAEP), case studies, our Distributed Future Energy Scenarios (DFES), and how Local Authorities’ plans can inform our investment plans. Additionally, Local Authorities and their consultants can access our LAEP data page, which provides over 150 relevant data sets for achieving Net Zero objectives.
We are also developing a free geospatial energy planning tool, currently in Beta phase with participants from Local Authorities. We will be adding new participants each month, as we continue to develop the tool for formal launch in Spring 2024. If you are a Local Authority interested in joining the Beta program, you can register via the Your Local Net Zero Hub website following the links here.
The planning tool to launch in Spring 2024
Curtailment is where a generator is required to reduce its export capacity so that the network can continue to operate safely, reliably and securely. For example, if the reverse power flow across a transformer is above its allowed rating, we must secure the network by reducing it through curtailment.
This dataset is updated daily and shows all instances where flexible-connection customers have been curtailed by our DERMS system aggregated to the constraint.
Due to commercial sensitivities we do not share individual customer information, however, customers will have access to their own site-specific curtailment soon.
The cables and overhead lines that travel between our grid supply points and our grid substations are known as 132kV circuits. The DSO will release the historic power flow data for all monitored 132kV circuits within our licence areas. This includes the release of historical half hourly active power (MW) and current (Amps) flows across all 132kV circuits (where possible) from 2021 to last month.
To make the data more accessible and interoperable, the cables can be linked with the equivalent naming in the Long-Term Development Statement Publication (LTDS).
Customers applying for non-firm access arrangements have been requesting historic power flow data to facilitate their own curtailment studies to gain deeper insight on the level of curtailment the site could operationally be subject to and to inform the viability of the investment.
Spreadsheet csv files uploaded to the document library. Expansion of Open Data Portal to have API accessible offering expected by end of year.
We understand that participating in DSO flexibility can be a step into the unknown.
We want to make it as easy as possible for organisations to understand whether providing flexible capacity to UKPN might be for them, providing trusted insight from their peers to complement other datasets on this site such as our Dispatch Data.
We work with a wide variety of different flexibility providers with different technologies and objectives for flexibility. We plan to publish a growing set of case studies to ensure providers can benefit from the most relevant experiences.
We hope they will give you the information and confidence you need to join a growing number of organisations delivering flexibility on our network and meeting the challenges of Net Zero.
Expected delivery January 2024
Until the case studies are created, you can refer to the slides from our Summer 2023 Flexibility Forum where we shared some high-level anonymous case studies.