The whole electricity system is changing
The way we generate and use electricity is changing, driven by the challenges of decarbonisation, decentralisation and digitisation.
This is creating new opportunities across the whole electricity system. As the Electricity System Operator, we need to work with our stakeholders on a whole system approach to use these opportunities to deliver value for the consumer.
Through the Open Networks project and initiatives such as the Regional Development Programmes, we’re working collaboratively to develop new ways of working.
Facilitating whole electricity system outcomes
New decentralised energy resources, such as wind farms and solar energy, are connecting to distribution networks, making them into active networks and transforming the role of Distribution Network Operators (DNOs).
Many of these stakeholders can provide valuable services to us including these emerging Distribution System Operators (DSOs). In addition, smart technologies mean many consumers don’t just use power – they can put it back into the system too. This leads to innovative ways of designing and operating transmission and distribution networks.
The traditional distinctions between transmission and distribution networks and processes are blurring. We need a whole system approach with our stakeholders to deliver services efficiently and effectively.
Ofgem recognises this need and, as the new stand-alone ESO, has tasked us with ‘facilitating whole system outcomes’ working with other stakeholders to transform the industry.