Ofgem sets out DSO policy position
A new positioning paper from the regulator has outlined its approach to the development of Distribution System Operation policy.
Ofgem consults on RIIO-ED2 approach
Ofgem has opened a consultation on its proposed approach to the next price control for the electricity distribution networks.
SSEN customers offered flexible connection option
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) will offer flexible connections to all of its customers.
Enabling the smart grid
Stephen Harper, head of business development, commercial for SCISYS - discusses the transition of distribution network operators (DNOs) to distribution system operators (DSOs) and the smart grid.
Unlocking the value of flexibility for networks
As flexibility procurement becomes a crucial tool for distribution network operators (DNOs), energy users are presented with a new opportunity, writes Andrew McKenna, commercial manager at Northern Powergrid, who is leading the development of the company's flexibility services implementation.
Study outlines potential growth of low-carbon technologies
A "future energy scenario analysis" study undertaken by REGEN, has mapped out the potential growth of low-carbon technologies in Scottish Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) southern licence area.
Getting regulation right
Flexibility and the DSO business model was the topic of discussion at a recent roundtable hosted by Network and Oracle. With work now well underway on the second set of RIIO price controls, speakers were keen to talk about the impact of regulation on the transformation of networks.
SSEN and Open Utility partner to trial smart grid platform
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has entered into a partnership with software company, Open Utility, to learn from and participate in its revolutionary smart grid platform.
UKPN reveals next steps toward a smart future
UK Power Networks', the UK's largest electricity distribution network, has revealed the next steps in its plans to transform its network into a smart, flexible grid.
A level playing field
Mark Meyrick, head of smart grids at renewable energy supplier Ecotricity, discusses the challenge of DNOs and DSOs maintaining impartiality in the evolving environment of flexibility and ancillary services.
DSOs and data
Eighty-five billion. That is the number of data points collected by GridKey, the award-winning substation monitoring system developed by Lucy Electric and Sentec. To put that in perspective, that's the equivalent of approximately 1,300 spreadsheets of information. If data is one of the keys to the smart grid, how can we avoid drowning in it? Ben Hargreaves finds out.
SSEN launches DSO consultation
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has outlind the principles it will adhere to in its transition from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO).
Open Utility bags funding for local flexibility trading platform
Open Utility has been awarded £412,500 by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to develop a new online trading platform for local flexibility.
Northern Powergrid deploys battery storage for frequency response
Northern Powergrid has begun using battery storage to provide frequency response for National Grid - the first time it has ever sold balancing services to the system operator.
UK Power Networks launches new flexibility tender
UK Power Networks has taken another major step in its evolution into a distribution system operator (DSO) with the launch of a new tender for flexibility services.
Policy & Regulation
Maxine Frerk: Letter from America
Maxine Frerk on this summer's Grid Edge World Forum
UK Power Networks sets out vision for DSO transition
UK Power Networks (UKPN) has published its vision for transitioning to a distribution system operator (DSO) in a future energy system characterised by distributed energy resources and low carbon technologies.
Networks deny RIIO has failed on innovation
The Energy Networks Association has hit back at claims that the RIIO framework has failed to encourage electricity distribution networks to become truly innovative.
The future of our power system architecture
The latest findings from the government-sponsored Future Power System Architecture programme are out. Tom Grimwood takes a look at them.
ENA reveals roadmap for shift to DSO model
The Energy Networks Association has published a roadmap outlining the key steps in the introduction of the distribution system operator (DSO) model for local power networks.
WPD calls for feedback on DSO plan
Western Power Distribution (WPD) has called for responses to its new roadmap for the evolution of the network into a distribution system operator (DSO).
UKPN and National Grid in pioneering smart grid scheme
UK Power Networks and National Grid have launched a new active network management scheme to boost grid capacity in the South East of England and simplify the connections process for generators.
Policy & Regulation
A new world order
The technology is ready, now is the time to concentrate on the commercial and regulatory challenges that surround the DNOs' transition into DSOs, according to Laura Kane of Smarter Grid Solutions.
Government must act to prevent energy market civil war
The government must take an active role in the transformation of the UK's energy system to prevent "a war of all against all" in an increasingly polarised energy market, Green Alliance has warned.
Innovating towards a DSO model
With over 30 years' service, I can probably now be considered a veteran of the energy network world. While I hate to be reminded I'm not getting any younger, it does allow me to take stock of the changes I've seen in my time working for one of the country's largest and most diverse network operators, writes Stewart Reid, Scottish and Southern Energy's head of Asset Management & Innovation.
Policy & Regulation
DSO concept is a ‘classic British fudge’
The planned shift towards a distribution system operator (DSO) model for local electricity networks is a "classic British fudge", an academic from the University of Exeter has told Networks' sister publication Utility Week.
Strategy & Management
ENA launches project to aid evolution of network roles
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) has launched a new project to explore the challenges around the evolving roles of network companies in the transition to a smart, flexible energy network.
Bridging the divide in a smart system
The Energy Networks Association's response to BEIS' Smart Systems consultation will focus on facilitating the transition to DSO, David Smith reveals.
What does DSO really mean?
Distribution network operators are starting their transition to distribution system operators, but the industry lacks consensus on what the role really entails.
Editor’s weekly: LCNI 2016
Jane Gray pulls together key themes and observations from the 2016 Low Carbon Networks and Innovation Conference.
Editor’s Weekly: Anticipating a call for evidence
Ofgem and BEIS's call for evidence on the future of smart energy systems is an important opportunity to shape the future of system operation, says Network's editor Jane Gray.