spectrum management, radio and telecommunications services

JRC Annual Conference Thursday 15th October

Building on previous JRC Policy Seminars at Churchill War Rooms, London Transport Museum & Imperial War Museum, JRC hosted this year’s Annual Operational Telecommunications Strategy Seminar as a Web Conference via Microsoft Teams in light of Covid-19 restrictions. The event brought together Policy makers, Regulators and senior operational telecommunications managers from the electricity and gas sectors together to discuss industry / market developments intended to address Government’s ambitious targets to deliver a net zero carbon economy.

Annual Seminar Summary 2020

October Conference Agenda

Session 1

  • Speaker 1: Dinker Bhardwaj - BEIS (Energy Security, Networks and Markets) 

    An update on Government developments specific to Energy Market Data and the role of digitalisation in facilitating market developments.


    To ensure stable and efficient future energy supplies there is a significant focus on the digitalisation of energy networks to address the increasingly dynamic nature of system operation and energy flows. In light of this there is an expectation that the exchange of operational data across the energy networks and between networks assets will need to be enhanced to facilitate / support the net zero carbon ambitions of Government.

     BEIS Presentation

  • Speaker 2: Alex Walmsley -  Ofgem 

    A perspective on how Ofgem is seeking to enable investment in digitalisation to facilitate the net zero future.


    Recognising the transition from large scale energy generation to distributed renewables, how is targeted investment enabling the net zero agenda whilst ensuring that customer expectations of a reliable and resilient service are delivered in the context of GD2 / ED2.

     Ofgem Presentation

  • Speaker 3: Patrick Bolton Project Manager  / Samuel Ritchie - Radio Spectrum advisor   ComReg 

    Establishing a pathway to facilitate smart grid developments and the net zero agenda in Ireland.


    Why ComReg has enabled spectrum access to support nationwide smart grid capability deployment in Ireland.

     Comreg Presentation


Session 2

  • Speaker 1: Roger Hey - DSO Systems and Projects Manager Western Power Distribution 

    Developments to address increasingly complex supply and demand across an electricity network and deliver the net zero agenda.


    The expansion of operational telecommunications system capability resulting from increases in embedded distributed energy resources, bi-directional power flows and demand from Electric Vehicles in distribution networks.

     WPD Presentation

  • Speaker 2: Adrian Riches, Business Implementation Manager IT (Gas Control) SGN  

    The challenges of maintaining operational integrity of the gas supply system in the context of market changes


    The developing situation with the deployment of small scale embedded generation independent of monitoring and control capability is creating new challenges in terms of balancing gas supply, whilst the WLR (PSTN switch off) programme is displacing the existing resilient communications network where there is no credible alternative.

     SGN Presentation

  • Speaker 3: Chris Salter, NGESO Distributed ReStart Project  

    Latest output from the project – introduction to the ‘Central Model’ approach to Black Start via Distributed Energy Resources.


    As we operate in an increasingly decentralised electricity system, National Grid ESO continue to look for solutions to remove barriers to entry across essential services and enable carbon free system operation by 2025. Distributed ReStart is developing a first in world bottom up restoration process to complement existing Black Start provision using DERs. This presentation will explore the control solutions proposed to enable the service and key project findings to date.

     NGESO Presentation

Sponsors Contribution

  • Speaker 4:  Nigel Nawacki, Nokia 

    Market Developments supporting the Digitisation of Energy Networks and delivering the ‘Net Zero Agenda


    An organic telecoms strategy is insufficient to address the market forces pushing grid connectivity operations towards the edge , compounding the ability to connect low carbon services.      Examples of Renewables in  DER, Electric Vehicles and also Government directives shift the telecom landscape for utility  telecoms immensely.   The presentation attempts to highlight how operational telecoms need to be a strategic part of the new low carbon landscape.

     Nokia Presentation