UK Power Networks plans to become distribution system operator


According to a release, UK Power Networks believes the move will help it deliver a smart, flexible energy system in accordance with the ongoing clean energy
transition and they estimate they could save customers more than £1.6bn a year.

The release added that there is a distinct difference between a distribution network operator (DNO) and a distribution system operator (DSO).

Writing for Networks.Online, Lucinda Dan, said that “rapidly increasing numbers of connection requests from renewables developers and other low carbon generation technologies with variable outputs are creating technical challenges for DNOs.”

In a blog post, Schneider Electric explains that, “DSOs must deal with flexible demand, and operate networks that can accommodate dispatchable resources like DR.
They control networks capable of intelligently aggregating many different geographically dispersed inputs and the complications that come with that.”

Says UK Power Networks chief executive Basil Scarsella, “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.”

DSO strategy

UK Energy Networks has drafted a strategy consultation paper which outlines how UK Power Networks is already helping to transform the energy grid. The operator
claims it has connected 8.5GW of distributed generation to its networks, installed chargers for 25,000 EVs and received 16GW of connections for battery storage.

In related news, Western Power Distribution (WPD) has unveiled how it plans to transition to a distribution system operator to adapt to the changing demands of the UK’s power market.

The company plans to spend £125 million to facillitate this transition. It will expand its service offering and incorporate areas such as flexibility services procurement, grid resilience improvements and drive greater network efficiency. Read more…