Northern Powergrid


Distribution System Operation

As we move to a low-carbon economy, new technology and digitisation are driving unprecedented change in the way energy is created and used. As an electricity infrastructure provider, we need to make sure that our network is able to safely and securely support these changes whilst maintaining high standards of reliability for our customers.

The general consensus in our industry (captured in the Open Networks project)  is that new processes and functions are required to operate such an energy system, the whole being referred to as ‘distribution system operation’ and the main coordinator as Distribution System Operator (DSO).  At Northern Powergrid we are helping to shape the transition to ensure it delivers value for our customers.

  • Distribution System Operation - Development Plan

    Our DSO document sets out how we aim to build a smart, local and cost-effective network around the needs of our customers. It demonstrates:

    • the significant progress we're already making,
    • our collaboration with other network operators and work to support government’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan, and 
    • our pathway to 2030, detailing how we propose to acquire the capabilities and develop the services we will need.
  • Take part in the conversation

    We want our customers and other key stakeholder to be part of our journey as we seek to transition to a Distribution System Operator and deliver customer-led future energy systems.

    We would welcome your views on our vision and plan so why not write to us at

    We're planning to discuss some of the themes in our DSO 1.1 document at events throughout Q4 2019 and Q1 2020. To find out more and register click here.  

  • Flexibility goes under the hammer

    In a UK-first for a DNO, we've announced our intent to procure local flexibility via an e-auction.

    We're looking to procure flexibility from customer-led assets across our patch to support network resilience activity. The scheme, named Restore Flexibility, will help us to manage our network on the rare occasions when there are faults. To read more click here

  • Powering customer flexibility

    We are creating opportunities for customers, who may be able to flex their energy use, to help support our system. 

    In return these customers could be paid a price/MWh, which will be set as part of a robust e-auction process we have set up.  

    To be part of the e-auction click here.

  • Join our Restore Flexibility scheme

    We're looking for firms in our region who could provide flexibility in the following key locations:  St Andrews Road (Huddersfield), Staygate (West Yorkshire), Wold Newton (East Yorkshire), Featherstone (West Yorkshire), Greatham (County Durham), Denwick (Northumberland) and Guisborough (North Yorkshire). 

    We're particularly interested to hear from:

    • major energy users (such as factories or supermarkets that can engage in demand side response),
    • power generators (minimum 100kW),
    • aggregators of smaller assets, and 
    • storage operators.

    Click here to register and be part of our e-auction.