In its response, Smarter Grid Solutions makes the following key points:
The new System Operator roles should encompass the whole system and this should involve much better coordination with the distribution companies and the system users connected to distribution networks
The System Operator should be open to robust challenge from a wide arrange of system users and stakeholders in defining and fulfilling these new roles – many more system users and customers are stakeholders to the whole system
To date, the System Operator has not fully engaged with whole system users and distribution network developments and has missed opportunities arising from emerging and maturing innovations
There will be a much greater requirement to manage the Transmission-Distribution boundary, balance the system and facilitate the markets with Distributed Energy Resources – the extended System Operator roles should explicitly encompass this
The need for much better System Operator coordination with Distribution Network Operators.
These changes in the approach to system operation and the role of System Operator are crucial to enable and drive the next phase of the smarter, more flexible, decentralised, decarbonised and digitalised GB electricity system.
Smarter Grid Solutions is a world-leading technology company formed in 2008 as a spin-out from the University of Strathclyde. Over nine years Smarter Grid Solutions has grown to a worldwide company with offices in Glasgow, London and New York and has enabled the grid connection and active management of over 250 MW of renewable generation.