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Distribution System Operator

To start to address the changes we see as being critical to the future, in October 2016 we were the first in our industry to publish a Distribution System Operation Vision. This described the whole system operating model which we think is best suited to address these changes, and the roles and responsibilities which it involves. Since then, the changes have increased and the challenges intensified.

The magnitude of these changes means there is a clear need for a set of roles, activities and infrastructure to meet our customers’ evolving needs, delivering net zero, and ensure the continued safe, reliable and efficient operation of the distribution network and wider energy system for all customers. We’ve already started delivering many of these DSO roles and activities. There is still some way to go, but we’re ready for this journey.

Building on this Vision and the extensive work we have done since, we have updated our DSO Strategy. This details the exact roles, activities and infrastructure we see as necessary from now through to the end of RIIO-ED2 (2028), to delivering this vital development for the GB electricity system.

You can also read more on some of our specific DSO activities via the following pages:



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