Whole electricity system

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 harness these opportunities and deliver value for the consumer. Through the Open Networks project and initiatives such as the Regional Development Programmes we are working collaboratively to develop new ways of working.

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Facilitating whole electricity system outcomes

The energy landscape is changing. New decentralised energy resources 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 and also 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 one of four roles for the new, stand-alone ESO, has tasked us with ‘facilitating whole system outcomes’ working with other stakeholders to transform the industry.

Papers

Facilitating whole electricity system outcomes - How the ESO is working with stakeholders to transform the energy landscape

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. As a stand-alone ESO we need to work with other stakeholders to facilitate whole system outcomes.

This paper discusses how the ESO role is changing to facilitate whole system outcomes and how this links to both the ESO roles and the Open Networks Project.

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