DNO to DSO | A transformation of skills

Change and transformation are rife in the energy sector.

The essential transition of UK distribution network operators (DNOs) into distribution system operators (DSOs) – a subtle, but far-reaching change – is envisaged to take place between now and 2030.

Currently, the DNOs control and maintain the transmission and distribution networks. Under the DSO model, the operator will take a more active role in managing local electricity generation and use.

Specifically, under the Energy Networks Association’s new definition, the DSOs will securely operate and develop an active distribution system comprising networks, demand, generation and other flexible distributed energy resources. They will enable competitive access to markets and the optimal use of distributed resources on distribution networks, in the support of whole system optimisation.

Download the full DNO to DSO – A transformation of skills discussion paper here