UK Power Networks sets out its strategy for transformation into DSO

UK Power Networks has launched a strategy consultation paper outlining its vision for the future of its network, which delivers electricity to London, the East and South East.

The paper sets out how the company will transform from being a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) which simply manages the network, to a Distribution System Operator (DSO) which enables a smart, flexible system.

Basil Scarsella, chief executive of UK Power Networks, commented: “We are on the verge of a change as significant for electricity as the advent of broadband was for telecommunications. We are working with policy makers, regulators, academia, SMEs and importantly customers to lay the foundations for an exciting future, which will place customers in control of energy usage.”

David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association, said: “The move from traditional Distribution Network Operators to more active and empowered Distribution System Operators, with far greater capabilities to manage local electricity grids, is a major transition for our networks.

“Developing a DSO Strategy is a significant step forward to delivering the smart grid, and will present a whole new host of new opportunities for energy networks and consumers. Through the Open Networks Project, the networks and the system operator will work together to ensure that they facilitate new technology and services, invest in the most efficient way possible and keep our lights on whilst keeping down costs as we transition to a low carbon economy.”

You can see the consultation paper at

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