Moving to a Distribution System Operator
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.
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 v1.1 Development Plan (December 2019), click here
Starting in Winter 2018, we are assessing the flexible capacity connected to our network and how it could help us manage it actively.
Many electricity generator and consumers have the potential to reduce their demand for electricity during peak periods or, conversely, the ability to increase energy supply using existing, on-site power generation assets. Where there are known constraints on electricity distribution networks DNOs, like Northern Powergrid, are interested in entering into potential contracts with consumers which will allow them to use this demand and generate flexibility in return for financial payment.
Click here to find out more about Flexible Power.
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