National Grid ESO (NGESO) currently operates markets which are procured at various times through different formats and technologies. They are seeking to utilise a consistent procurement route that creates a uniform submission process, making it easier for providers to participate across multiple ancillary service markets. Within the RIIO-2 business plan, NGESO is committed to moving the procurement of ancillary services closer to real-time through competitive and transparent markets. Developing their auction capability is key in meeting these goals.
N-SIDE has been selected as their strategic partner to help them deliver enhanced functionality and procurement improvements to their markets. We will leverage our proprietary Power Matching Algorithm solution, which is already used by several TSOs and Power Exchanges worldwide, to perform a co-optimisation across various ancillary services. We will also be supported by SOOPS and FTI Consulting.
Following a competitive tender process, we can now start to develop a strategic solution which will serve a proportion of the future ancillary services, with the new response and reserve markets identified as suitable services to transition.
Some of the key benefits that N-SIDE will provide are:
The delivery of the enduring auction capability is expected to bring the following key benefits:
NGESO will be updating industry in due course and providing industry with plenty of notice of how stakeholders can get involved with the development, shaping, testing and implementation phase of this project.