Smarter Grid Solutions welcomes the valuable analysis of future DSO worlds by Baringa. This adds to the important assessment of the decisions required to maximise the opportunity and value to be gained from the Distribution System Operator (DSO) transition and the development of a more decentralised, flexible and smart energy system. The implications of different pathways and the development of the most appropriate means of facilitating and coordinating Distributed Energy Resources) participation and flexibility are crucial issues for the imminent changes in the sector.
Baringa’s assessment of the future DSO worlds and the pathways from today to those different DSO and flexible system models points to Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) holding the prime seat to coordinate flexibility in nearer term (Worlds A and B) but with potentially beneficial changes to roles and responsibilities as Distributed Energy Resources (DER) grow, tipping points are arrived at and as the expectation of system users changes.
We highlight some important points that emerge from this report:
We look forward to continuing our essential work on DER management systems and through these and our highly skilled and experienced people to play our full role in the decentralised, flexible, smart, low carbon energy system transition.
Graham Ault is a Co-Founder and Executive Director at Smarter Grid Solutions. Laura Kane is a Senior Consultant at Smarter Grid Solutions.