DS3 Programme

Our Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System (DS3) programme seeks to address the challenges of integrating renewable generation onto our power system.

What is the DS3 Programme?

Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System

In response to binding National and European targets, EirGrid Group began a multi-year programme, “Delivering a Secure, Sustainable Electricity System” (DS3).

The aim of the DS3 Programme is to meet the challenges of operating the electricity system in a secure manner while achieving the 2020 renewable electricity targets. The DS3 Programme is designed to ensure that we can securely operate the power system with increasing amounts of variable non-synchronous renewable generation over the coming years.

Ireland’s target under the EU Renewable Energy Directive (2009/28/ EC) is for 16% of the country’s total energy consumption to come from renewable energy sources by 2020. In order to achieve the 16% target the Government set a 10% renewable transport target, a 12% renewable heat target and a 40% renewable electricity target. Similarly in Northern Ireland, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) published the Strategic Energy Framework (SEF) in September 2010, which also set out a 40% renewable electricity target to be reached by 2020.

Achieving this level of renewable integration on a synchronous system is unprecedented and presents significant challenges for the realtime operation of the power system.

The DS3 Programme is made up of 11 workstreams, which fall under the three pillars of System Performance, System Policies and System Tools. Each pillar is vital to the success of the programme and to achieving the 40% renewable electricity target. The programme brings together many different strands, including development of financial incentives for better plant performance, and the development of new operational policies and system tools to use the portfolio to the best of its capabilities. Standards for wind farms and conventional plant are also being reviewed to give enhanced operational flexibility for the future. The programme involves many different stakeholders, including the Distribution System Operators (DSOs), Regulatory Authorities, Conventional Generators and Renewable Generators, as well as Government Departments.

As part of this programme, we have established an Advisory Council, to ensure that the views of industry are well represented, read more information here.

To read more on the DS3 Programme, read our information brochure here.

To read our most recent update see our Programme news here.

Additional information can also be found in the DS3 Programme library section of this website.

One of the key areas in the DS3 Programme is System Services. We want to make sure that the system operates securely and efficiently, while facilitating higher levels of renewable energy. To achieve this aim, we are working to obtain services from generators and market participants. This includes the development of financial incentives for better plant performance. This should mean savings for the consumer and a reduction in the dispatch-down of wind energy for system-wide security limitations.

We produce a quarterly update on the System Services Implementation Project Plan. Read the most recent update here.

DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements Procurement

EirGrid and SONI have published the outcome of the procurement for the DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements. This includes a summary of successful tenderers and the services for which they have been contracted for both Ireland and Northern Ireland. Eleven system services were procured from service providers in Ireland and Northern Ireland under the DS3 System Services procurement process, with separate framework agreements for each jurisdiction. The Interim Arrangements became effective on 1 October 2016.

EirGrid and SONI have also published a summary of the contracted volumes for the DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements together with the forecast expenditure for the Interim Arrangements period (1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017).

The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

Consultations

03.10.16 EirGrid and SONI have today published the DS3 System Services Qualification Trial Process Decision Paper. The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration). The purpose of the Qualification Trial Process is to enable new technologies to prove their System Service capabilities and to enable participation in the next Central Procurement Process. It also facilitates the TSOs in the development of the new codes and standards for new technology classes, and new processes and procedures for the commissioning and testing of new technologies.

In June 2016, we published a consultation paper outlining the proposed Qualification Trial Process and provided new technologies and Service Providers with the opportunity to input into the design of the Qualification Trial Process. Following consideration of the responses to the consultation, we developed the decision paper which was approved by the SEM Committee on 29th September 2016. A summary of the non-confidential responses to the consultation are available to view here.

29.08.16 EirGrid and SONI have today published the DS3 System Services Interim Tariff Rates Decision Paper. The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

The SEM Committee directed that transitional DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements be established for the tariff year beginning 1 October 2016 ahead of the DS3 System Services Enduring Arrangements scheduled for go-live on 1 October 2017.

In April 2016, we published a consultation paper outlining the interim tariff rates that we were proposing to pay for DS3 System Services as well as the methodology employed to calculate the rates. Following consideration of the responses to the consultation, we published the DS3 System Services Interim Tariffs on our website on 3 August 2016. We are now publishing the accompanying decision paper, which has been approved by the SEM Committee. A summary of the non-confidential responses to the consultation are available to view here.

A copy of the DS3 System Services Statement of Payments 2016/2017, is now available for download here.

A copy of the DS3 System Services Statement of Payments 2016/2017 for Northern Ireland, is now available for download here.

03.08.16 EirGrid and SONI have today published a DS3 System Services Decision Paper on the Contracts for Interim Arrangements. The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

One of the central workstreams included in the DS3 System Services project plan is WS5 – Contract Design. The objective of this workstream is to design legal contracts for the procurement of the 14 DS3 System Services. The SEM Committee directed that transitional DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements be established for the tariff year beginning 1 October 2016 ahead of the DS3 System Services Enduring Arrangements.

In this paper, we are presenting our decision on the contractual arrangements for the DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements. (The Enduring Arrangements will be consulted on separately).

The contractual principles on which this decision is based have been approved by the SEM Committee.

The decision follows a consultation held by EirGrid and SONI in April 2016. The non-confidential responses to the consultation are available to view here. In addition, responses to specific comments on the framework agreements are available here.

The paper is accompanied by the Ireland Framework Agreement, Northern Ireland Framework Agreement and DS3 System Services Protocol document.

27.07.16 EirGrid and SONI have today published a DS3 System Services decision paper on the Volume Calculation Methodology and Portfolio Scenarios. The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

One of the central workstreams included in the DS3 System Services project plan is WS2 – System Services Volumes. The objective of this workstream is to determine the volume of System Services required to operate the system securely while facilitating increased levels of non-synchronous renewable generation. For those services deemed to be competitive, this information will feed into the Capability Volume Requirements to be used in the first System Services auction.

In this paper, we are presenting our decision, which has been approved by the SEM Committee, on the methodology for calculating the Capability Volume Requirements for each DS3 System Service.

The decision paper follows on from a consultation held by EirGrid and SONI in late 2015. The non-confidential responses to the consultation are available to view here.

20.06.16 EirGrid and SONI have today published a consultation paper on the DS3 System Services Qualification Trial Process. The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

The objective of this consultation paper is to provide new technologies and service providers with the opportunity to input into the design of the Qualification Trial Process. The purpose of the Qualification Trial Process is to enable new technologies to prove their System Service capabilities and to enable participation in the next Central Procurement Process. It also facilitates the TSOs in the development of the new codes and standards for new technology classes, and new processes and procedures for the commissioning and testing of new technologies. Responses to the consultation, preferably structured in line with the specific questions raised in this paper (a questionnaire template for responses is available here), should be sent to DS3@eirgrid.com or DS3@soni.ltd.uk by 19 July 2016

21.04.16 EirGrid and SONI have today published a consultation paper on the DS3 System Services Interim Contracts. The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

The SEM Committee directed that transitional DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements be established for the tariff year beginning 1 October 2016 ahead of the DS3 System Services Enduring Arrangements scheduled for go-live on 1 October 2017. This consultation paper outlines the contractual arrangements that we are proposing to put in place for DS3 System Services over the interim period and is accompanied by the draft Ireland Framework Agreement, draft Northern Ireland Framework Agreement and supplementary Protocol document, all of which are referenced in the consultation paper. The purpose of the consultation paper is to provide stakeholders with information about our proposals and a guide to the consultation process.

Responses to the consultation, preferably structured in line with the specific questions raised in this paper (a questionnaire template for responses is available here and a spreadsheet for more detailed legal comments is available here), should be sent to DS3@eirgrid.com or DS3@soni.ltd.uk by 3 June 2016.

16.05.16  In response to queries from potential service providers, a clarification note has been published on the proposed definition of static and dynamic response for the DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements. This note provides a number of examples of a Providing Unit’s response and their categorisation as dynamic or static response as appropriate.

08.04.16 EirGrid and SONI have today published a consultation paper on the DS3 System Services Interim Tariffs. The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

The SEM Committee directed that transitional DS3 System Services Interim Arrangements be established for the tariff year beginning 1 October 2016 ahead of the DS3 System Services Enduring Arrangements scheduled for go-live on 1 October 2017. This consultation paper outlines the interim tariff rates that we are proposing to pay for DS3 System Services over the interim period as well as the methodology employed to calculate the rates. The purpose of this document is to provide stakeholders with information about our proposals and a guide to the consultation process.

Responses to the consultation, preferably structured in line with the specific questions raised in this paper (a questionnaire template for responses is available here), should be sent to DS3@eirgrid.com or DS3@soni.ltd.uk by 20 May 2016.

11.03.16 EirGrid and SONI have today published a consultation paper on the DS3 System Services Scalar Design alongside an accompanying report by TNEI / Pöyry.  The aim of DS3 System Services is to put in place the correct structure, level and type of service in order to ensure that the system can operate securely with higher levels of non-synchronous renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

One of the central work streams included in the DS3 System Services project plan is WS6 – Product Design and I-SEM. A key deliverable from this work stream involves the design and implementation of scalars to be applied to the payment rates for the 14 DS3 System Services products. This consultation paper looks at how scalars could be implemented to incentivise flexibility, reliability, value for money and performance and sets out our proposed approach on how these would be best implemented. The purpose of this document is to provide stakeholders with information about our proposals and a guide to the consultation process.

Respondents are asked to read the accompanying TNEI / Pöyry report in advance of developing their responses to the questions posed in this consultation paper. Responses to the consultation, preferably structured in line with the specific questions raised in this paper (a questionnaire template for responses is available here), should be sent to DS3@eirgrid.com  or DS3@soni.ltd.uk by 29th April 2016.