Northern Powergrid

Northern Powergrid


DSO v1.0: Distribution System Operator, Next steps and emerging thinking

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 industry is responding to this change by transitioning from a traditional Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO) model. At Northern Powergrid, we are helping to shape this transition to ensure it delivers value for our customers.

  • DSO v1.0

    The 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 are already making, and shows how we are collaborating with other network operators and working to support the government’s Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan.

    The transition to Distribution System Operator will require a complete transformation of the way we operate, and we lay out a pathway to 2030 detailing how we propose to acquire the capabilities and develop the services we will need.

    • For the full DSO v1.0 document (December 2018), click here


  • Customer flexibility

    We have concluded our Expressions of Interest phase for our Customer Flexibility plan.  Thank you to everyone who registered assets through the Piclo Flex platform.

    We’re now in the process of assessing the responses we received for each location and will be using the information obtained to help us decide on the locations where we will aim to procure flexibility assets of 100kW or more to deliver capacity for next winter. 

    Information on the rational for our location decisions, and full details on how to participate in our tender process will be published in Spring 2019.  If you have any questions about our Customer Flexibility plan process email

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  • Take part in the conversation

    We are seeking dialogue in the period to the end of March 2019. Subsequently, we will bring forward detailed plans in Summer 2019. 

    Email us at

    • Tell us what you think about DSO v1.0 - we have included a list of questions in the document, but are happy to receive feedback on any aspect.
    • Register for our newsletter so we can keep you informed of opportunities to hear about progress updates and give us your feedback.

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    • Our future Electric Vehicle events - 2019- registration not yet open