Summer Reception Agenda

Our Summer Reception will commence with an afternoon  Flexibility Forum, and conclude with our Summer Drinks Reception.  We look forward to you joining us.


Afternoon Flexibility Forum – 13:00 – 17:00


Coffee, Registration and Networking

  • Opportunity to network and meet with National Grid and other industry stakeholders in our networking area.
  • Exhibitors from across the industry will be on hand to answer you questions and provide updates in their area, including: Aggregators and suppliers; DNOs / SO-DNO innovation projects; experts on Network Charging and Future of Balancing Services.


Welcome to the Summer Reception and Flexibility Forum

  • Introduction and summary of the days agenda
  • Celebration of progress in Demand Side Flexibility – reflection on industry developments since launch of Power Responsive, and a look towards the future of flexibility.


Policy, Regulation, & System Operator Update

  • BEIS & Ofgem Update: Smart Systems Plan – Progress to date.  What actions on the Smart Systems Plan have been achieved, what’s currently in progress, and what are the next steps? Wider look at other developments that impact demand side flexibility and a look to future priorities.
  • National Grid Update: Transition to New Services – An overview of National Grid’s proposed changes to Balancing Services
    • Introduction to Product Roadmaps –how and why are they being developed, how do they fit in to the ESO Forward Plan?
    • Update on Frequency Response and Reserve roadmap actions
    • Introduction to Reactive Power and Black Start roadmaps
    • Update on work to improve transparency of ESO requirements and decisions




Whole System Thinking Across Transmission & Distribution

  • Latest from the ENA’s Open Networks project
  • Trials for SO-DSO interaction
  • Opportunities to engage


Industry Updates

  • Latetst updates on:
    • The Charging Futures Forum
    • Wider Access to the Balancing Mechanism
    • Innovation projects for future sources of demand side flexibility



Evening Drinks Reception – 17:00 – 20:30


Drinks and Networking

Drinks & Networking

  • Opportunity to network and meet with National Grid and third-party stakeholders.
  • Aggregators, suppliers, DNOs and System Operator experts will be on hand to network with and answer your pressing flexibility questions.


Welcome to the Evening Drinks Reception

  • Welcome & Speeches

Fintan Slye, Director of UK System Operator will welcome guests to the evening drinks reception, provide reflections from the afternoon’s Flexibility Forum, and his vision for the Electricity System Operator’s role in the future electricity system.


Demand Side Flexibility Success Stories

  • A celebration and acknowledgement of demand side success stories and highlights of progress throughout the industry to unlock flexibility.
  • We are looking to share real life demonstrations of achievements to unlock demand side flexibility and the enthusiasm and collaboration within the industry before the Summer Reception. If you have a demand side flexibility success story to share ahead and wish to be considered for showcasing on the evening, please tell by visiting our submission page.


Further Drinks and Networking