DS3 Consultations and Publications

16.10.19 EirGrid and SONI have today published the outcome of the procurement for the DS3 System Services Regulated Arrangements Volume Uncapped – Gate 1. This includes a summary of successful tenderers and the services for which they have been contracted for both Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Twelve system services were procured from service providers in Ireland and Northern Ireland under the DS3 System Services procurement process, with separate agreements for each jurisdiction. The Regulated Arrangements became effective on May 1st 2018.

EirGrid and SONI have also published a summary of the contracted volumes for the DS3 System Services Regulated Arrangements together with the forecast expenditure for the period October 1st 2019 to September 30th 2020.

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).

EirGrid and SONI are delighted to announce the outcomes of the Volume Capped procurement process. This procurement process, one of the first of its kind globally, was put in place to ensure the provision of high-availability reserve services to the all-island system, and attracted a high level of interest. These services will assist Ireland and Northern Ireland in ensuring we can securely operate the power system with increasing amounts of variable non-synchronous renewable generation as we work towards decarbonising the electricity sector. They form part of the overall DS3 programme, which has already enabled the island to achieve record levels of instantaneous operation of variable renewables for a single synchronous electricity system.

 

The tendering process was competitive, attracting bids for 18 service providers. Of these, three were successful, providing 110 MW of Volume Capped services in total.  All of the successful projects were solid-state batteries located in Ireland and received their connection offer through ECP-1. The date of dispatch of the Contract Award Notice to OJEU was 1st October 2019. The successful tenders are summarised below:

 

Providing Unit

Service Provider

Contract Size

Gorman Energy Storage Station

ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited

50 MW

Porterstown Battery Storage Facility

Porterstown Battery Storage Limited

30 MW

Kilmannock Battery Storage Facility

Kilmannock Battery Storage Limited

30 MW

 

The estimated total value of these contracts is around €6 million per year, totalling approximately €38 million for the lifetime of the contracts. This successful outcome represents significant savings for the end user. By way of comparison, if the equivalent level of services were procured through the Volume Uncapped process, the value of the contracts would be approximately €210 million.

 

10.06.2019 The DS3 Volume Capped competition has now reached tender stage. We are today publishing redline versions of the Legal Agreements and Protocol document, which identifies significant changes since the previous drafts were published.

Should you have any comments on the above please submit them to DS3@soni.ltd.uk or  DS3@eirgrid.com.

 

27.05.2019 In advance of the RFP stage of the Volume Capped Tender procurement process, EirGrid and SONI have today published this information note* which aims to give some clarity on interactions between Volume Capped and the existing I-SEM arrangements. In particular it examines how batteries contracted under Volume Capped would be expected to behave in the ex-ante energy markets and Balancing Market under relevant scenarios.

The PQQ evaluation is currently being finalised and the RFP stage will commence shortly thereafter.

Should you have any comments on the above please submit them to DS3@soni.ltd.uk  or DS3@eirgrid.com.

*This document was updated on 10th June 2019.

15.05.2019 In advance of Phase 2 of the Volume Capped Tender procurement process, SONI and EirGrid have today published a draft of the SONI and EirGrid Contract Templates for these Arrangements, in order to assist candidates with their preparations. These new versions take into account the feedback received through our previous contract consultation (issued 25th October 2018). Please note that this draft will be finalised in line with the requirements of the procurement process.

For a redline comparison against the consulted contracts, please see the SONI and EirGrid versions.

Should you have any comments on the above please submit them to DS3@soni.ltd.uk

 

10.05.2019 In advance of Phase 2 of the Volume Capped Tender procurement process, EirGrid and SONI have today published a draft of the DS3 Volume Capped Protocol in order to assist candidates with their preparations. Please note that this draft is subject to regulatory approval and will be finalised in line with the requirements of the procurement process.

In addition, the proposed values that will be used in the Volume Capped Arrangements for the Temporal Scarcity Scalar (TSS) are contained in this information note. As with the Protocol document, these figures are draft and will be finalised in line with the requirements of the procurement process.

Should you have any comments on the above please submit them to DS3@soni.ltd.uk

 

29.03.2019 EirGrid and SONI have today published a recommendations paper on the DS3 System Services Protocol Document – Regulated Arrangements.  The Protocol document specifies the compliance requirements which a service provider must satisfy before being paid for DS3 System Services. In addition, it specifies the Performance Monitoring procedures to be applied. It also contains operational requirements, specifying minimum standards that Providing Units must meet. 

The recommended changes to the Protocol document have been approved by the SEM Oversight Committee.

The decision follows a consultation held by EirGrid and SONI in December 2018. The non-confidential responses to the consultation are appended to the recommendations paper.

The paper is accompanied by version 2.0 of the DS3 System Services Protocol document.

In order to implement the changes from the Protocol Document to the TSO Performance Monitoring systems, the effective date of version 2.0 of the Protocol Document will be 1st May 2019.  

22.03.2019 The slides from the industry forum hosted on 14 March 2019 are now available here. These slides give details on our Qualification Trial Process, details on the Prequalification Questionnaire for the Volume Capped tender process, and an update on the DS3 Regulated Arrangements.

11.03.2019 Last Friday SONI and EirGrid published the 2019 DS3 System Services Qualification Trial Process (QTP). The purpose of the Qualification Trial Process is to enable new technologies to prove their System Service capabilities and to enable participation in the Central Procurement Process for DS3 System Services Regulated Arrangements. 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.

The notice for the DS3 System Services Qualification Trial Process in now available on the eTenders website. Applicants are invited to submit a tender for this contract in accordance with the instructions set out in the Request For Proposal (RFP), which you can find by registering and logging in here.

Reference details for the tender are as follows:

  • eTenders: RFT  147278
  • EirGrid Tender Ref: ENQEIR643 - DS3 Qualification Trial Process

16.04.2019 The Volume Capped PQQ submission window has now closed, following an extension of the submission deadline until noon on Friday the 12th April. This extension was to provided to give EirGrid & SONI time to respond to the large volume of queries submitted, and to allow for any clarification requests on the responses.

07.03.2019 The OJEU notice for the DS3 System Services – Volume Capped in now available on the eTenders website. Applicants are invited to submit a tender for this contract in accordance with the instructions set out in the Request For Proposal (RFP), which you can find by registering and logging in here.

Reference details for the tender are as follows:

  • OJEU Ref: 2019/S 047-107938
  • eTenders Ref: RFT 19-109349-001
  • EirGrid Tender Ref: ENQEIR633 – DS3 System Services – Volume Capped

04.02.2019 SONI and EirGrid have today published their recommendation paper on the contractual arrangements for the DS3 System Services Fixed Contracts (‘Volume Capped’) process. This process is intended to provide contractual arrangements which are suitable for new providers of particular System Services with a very high level of availability. These contractual terms and conditions differing from the Regulated Tariff Arrangements, and include the awarding of 6 year fixed term contracts with fixed tariffs.

The next steps are outlined within the paper, and include the launch of the procurement process at the end of February. We intend to hold an industry forum shortly after the OJEU notice is published.

This recommendation paper should be read in conjunction with the corresponding SEM Committee decision.

If you have any queries relating to the event, please email DS3@EirGrid.com or DS3@soni.ltd.uk.

20.12.18 SONI and EirGrid have today published the DS3 Programme Transition Plan Q4 2018 – Q4 2020. The document provides an update to the structure of the DS3 Programme, moving away from an 11 workstream structure to two workstreams focused on future increases in System Non-Synchronous Penetration (SNSP). A recent review of this previous workstream structure, and the associated plans, has shown that several of the workstreams are complete and can therefore be closed. This document contains closeout statements for these completed workstreams, including work completed and impact of the workstream on the overall DS3 Programme objectives. The remaining workstreams will be transitioned into the new DS3 Programme plan that will adopt a project milestone and deliverable approach focused on delivering 70% SNSP and 75% SNSP. 

17.01.19 Following feedback from industry EirGrid and SONI have extended the deadline for responses to the DS3 System Services Protocol Document consultation from 18th January to 30th January. The Protocol document specifies the compliance requirements which a service provider must satisfy before being paid for DS3 System Services. In addition, it specifies the Performance Monitoring procedures to be applied. It also contains operational requirements, specifying minimum standards that Providing Units must meet. 

This consultation paper outlines the proposed amendments to the DS3 System Services Protocol document – Regulated Arrangements, Version 1.0, published 12th December 2017 which is available here.  The marked up version of the Protocol document which accompanies this consultation is available here.  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), should be sent to DS3@soni.ltd.uk or DS3@eirgrid.com by 30th January 2019.

30.11.18 EirGrid and SONI have today published the outcome of the procurement for the DS3 System Services Regulated Arrangements Volume Uncapped – Phase 2. This includes a summary of successful tenderers from both Northern Ireland and Ireland which have been contracted to provide the FFR service under the DS3 System Services procurement process. The FFR service became effective on October 1st 2018. 

EirGrid and SONI have also published a summary of the contracted volumes for the DS3 System Services Regulated Arrangements Phase 2 together with the forecast expenditure for the service for the period October 1st 2018 to September 30th 2019.

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).

 

16.11.18 SONI and EirGrid have today published the outcome of the procurement for the DS3 System Services Regulated Arrangements Volume Uncapped – Phase 1. This includes a summary of successful tenderers and the services for which they have been contracted for both Northern Ireland and Ireland. Eleven system services were procured from service providers in Ireland and Northern Ireland under the DS3 System Services procurement process, with separate agreements for each jurisdiction. The Regulated Arrangements became effective on 01 May 2018.

SONI and EirGrid have also published a summary of the contracted volumes for the DS3 System Services Regulated Arrangements together with the forecast expenditure for the period 01 October 2018 to 30 September 2019.

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 (variable) renewable generation (up to 75% instantaneous penetration).

25.10.2018 EirGrid and SONI have today published their consultation on the contractual arrangements for the DS3 System Services Fixed Contracts (‘Volume Capped’) process. This process is intended to provide contractual arrangements which are suitable for new providers of particular System Services with a very high level of availability. These contractual terms and conditions differ from the Regulated Tariff Arrangements, and include the awarding of 6 year fixed term contracts with fixed tariffs.

The SEM Committee Decision Paper on to the DS3 System Services Fixed Contract (‘Volume Capped’) procurement process was published in September 2018. This procurement process is aimed at new technologies which can be available to provide services at all times, and will offer 6 year contracts with terms and conditions differing from the Volume Uncapped procurement process. The TSOs have now published a consultation* paper on the contracts for these arrangements and other issues, along with drafts of the EirGrid and SONI contracts.

Responses to the consultation, preferably structured in line with the specific questions raised in the papers, should be sent to DS3@eirgrid.com or DS3@soni.ltd.uk by 6 December 2018. The questionnaire template for responses to this consultation is available to view here.

Should you have any questions please email DS3@EirGrid.com or DS3@SONI.ltd.uk

*Please note a previous version of this document contained an error in Table 1 (page 7) which indicated FFR response could be delivered from 0.1 seconds. This has been rectified to the correct value of 0.15 seconds. 

06.09.2018 SONI and EirGrid have today published their recommendation paper* on the DS3 System Services Volume Capped procurement process. This process is intended to provide contractual arrangements which are suitable for aspiring entrants, with terms and conditions differing from the Volume Uncapped procurement process. This involves the awarding of 6 year fixed term contracts for the delivery of System Services. This recommendation paper should be read in conjunction with the SEM Committee decision. A summary of the non-confidential responses to the consultation is available to view here.

If you have any queries relating to the event, please email DS3@soni.ltd.uk

*Please note a previous version of this document contained an error in Table 2 (page 12) which indicated FFR response could be delivered from 0.1 seconds. This has been rectified to the correct value of 0.15 seconds.