Transition to a Distribution System
01 June 2021
Considerable disruption in the power sector arising from a combination of policy, technological and customer change is transforming how we think
about, produce and use electricity. This change towards a decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised system is profound, and Distribution
Network Service Providers (DNSPs) are at the forefront of its impacts.
These changes to a more decentralised system introduce increased participation in the marketplace for a range of new business actors. The way these actors engage with both transmission and distribution operators will be key to the successful paradigm shift for energy delivery.
The extent of this change dramatically alters future
assumptions about business models and future roles for
network companies. Distribution Network Service Providers
(DNSPs) need to revisit their current business model, roles,
capabilities and skills, and consider their evolution to that of a
genuine Distribution System Operator (DSO).