DSOs - at the heart of electrification and energy transition.
Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are at the heart of energy transition. With the right framework and business drive, they can enable energy transition and guarantee network stability in the context of distributed generation.
DSOs today are primarily responsible for timely connections of new capacity to the grid and improving system resilience through appropriate reinforcement. Secondly, and growing in importance, they are required to help transform energy systems by accelerating investment in innovation and digitalization. This means that network planning and operations can be optimized by using distributed energy resources (DER) and digital technologies to regulate power flows to achieve a greater flexibility in terms of usage and production.
The DSO role will evolve in different directions, depending on company strategy and as allowed or required by regulation. These will include: Sole grid owner role, active network manager, value-added and microgrid operator roles, the latter two being profit-driven roles.
In this brand-new edition in a series of utilities insight papers by Hansen, we provide deeper insight into the evolving role of the DSO at the heart of Energy Transition.
Download our 'Future of DSO' paper to explore the key drivers for success.