Commercial learning outcomes

To what extent does a DNO enabling a third party delivery of innovation accelerate deployment?

This Learning Outcome is being answered through desk-based delivery of a suite of material and reports. Explore the questions and answers to find out more.

C1.1 How are the different parties engaged and their work coordinated?

This question is answered by C1.1.1, C1.1.1 and C1.1.4.

C1.1.1 What is the interface and management process with the DNO?

An assessment, based on direct experience, of how a third party can effectively manage delivery on innovative projects with a DNO, and whether this allows DNOs to take on more innovation projects.

Output: Report detailing processes established and utilised throughout the project including templates of any forms (e.g. work orders for SSEC staff) and records of meetings/regular communications created as part of the process. This will include an evaluation of the collaboration between SSEPD and Northern Powergrid with a 3rd party interface.

This is covered in report SDRC 9.2 - 9.3, available in the Project Library.

C1.1.2 How is ‘buy-in’ and engagement achieved within a DNO?

An assessment, based on direct experience, of how a third party can effectively manage delivery on innovative projects with a DNO, and whether this allows DNOs to take on more innovation projects.

Output: A framework to enable update suggestions to SSE policies and/or procedures, identified during the course of the project will be provided, (e.g. a procedure detailing the necessary steps when considering a customer's request for an EV charging point).

This is covered in report SDRC 9.2 - 9.3, available in the Project Library.

C1.1.3 What is the interface and management process for other manufacturers?

An assessment of the most appropriate integration of the Technology for different applications and suitable cycling times or reasons why this is not possible if the trials are not successful.

Output: Recommendations of suitable cycle times for EVs (and suggestions for Heat Pumps) for demand-side response.

This is answered through several documents available in the Project Library.

  • SDRC 9.6.1 - An Assessment of the Public Acceptance of Demand Side Response of EV Charging Using Esprit
  • SDRC 9.7.1 - An Assessment of Technology Integration
  • SDRC 9.7.1 - Voltage Variance: the Impact of Electric Vehicles
  • SDRC 9.7.1 - Impact of Esprit on Heat Pumps

C1.1.4 How does learning become business as usual when a project is non-DNO led?

An assessment, based on direct experience, of how a third party can effectively manage delivery on innovative projects with a DNO, and whether this allows DNOs to take on more innovation projects.

Output: Report detailing processes established and utilised throughout the project including templates of any forms (e.g. work orders for SSEC staff) and records of meetings/regular communications created as part of the process. This will include an evaluation of the collaboration between SSEPD and Northern Powergrid with a 3rd party interface.

This is covered in report SDRC 9.2 - 9.3, available in the Project Library.

C1.2 What governance structure is required?

This question is answered through C1.2.4.

C1.2.1 What learning came out of the bid process?

The experience gained whilst progressing the My Electric Avenue project from Initial Screening Process (ISP) through to the signing of the Tier 2 Project Direction is recorded. Key learning points that were identified through the process are outlined for consideration with a view to considering recommended improvements in the process where applicable.

Output: My Electric Avenue – Learning from Bid Process

This Learning Outcome is covered in the report SDRC 9.1.1, available in the Project Library.

C1.2.2 What form are the contracts?

Learning about the contractual arrangements and programme management of the third party lead LCNF Tier 2 project.

Output: Contract template
Output: Partner/Supplier task order template

 

The Project deliverables relating to this area of Project Learning span the full duration of the Project and are located in the Project Library.

C1.2.3 How are risks managed with the DNO?

Learning about the contractual arrangements and programme management of the third party lead LCNF Tier 2 project.

Output: Review of the contract, including learning and recommendations published for DNOs and third parties.

This Learning Outcome is covered in the report SDRC 9.2 - 9.3, available in the Project Library.

C1.2.4 What form does the programme management take?

Learning about the contractual arrangements and programme management of the third party lead LCNF Tier 2 project.

Output: Review of the contract, including learning and recommendations published for DNOs and third parties.

This Learning Outcome is covered in the report SDRC 9.2 - 9.3, available in the Project Library.

C1.3 How is successful deployment achieved?

This question is answered through C1.3.1.

C1.3.1 How is expedient deployment achieved – what are the benefits/disadvantages over a DNO led approach?

An assessment from the participating DNO (SEPD) of the level of effort expended on Project Management of the My Electric Avenue (I2EV) task by the staff involved in comparison to previous innovation projects is provided as SDRC 9.3.3.  This is located in Section 6 of the SDRC 9.2 - 9.3 Report located in the Project Library.
 

C1.3.2 How are the project learning and results validated?

An assessment of how the DNO and other interested parties can ensure independent validation of a third party's solution throughout a project, and upon completion.

The Project contracted an independent third party to evaluate the management and technical delivery of the Project; reviews were undertaken at 6 monthly intervals and the published outputs are available in the Project Library.

 

The My Electric Avenue Project was delivered between January 2013 and December 2015 by EA Technology on behalf of Scottish and Southern Energy Networks (SSEN) as part of the Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund suite of innovation projects. As the Project is now complete, this webpage will no longer be updated, however you can learn more about the work undertaken by EA Technology at www.eatechnology.com and SSEN at www.ssepd.co.uk/Home.

For details of My Electric Avenue's legacy iniatives, visit the webpages for the Smart EV Project and the EV Network Group

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