Transition to Distribution System Operator
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 decarbonized, decentralized and digitalized system is profound, and Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) are at the forefront of its impacts.
These changes to a more decentralized 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).