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  • Supporting a Smarter Electricity System

    Our Transition to DSO

    One of the biggest changes in the energy system is the flexibility revolution. Distributed generation, electric vehicles, demand side response and energy storage are transforming the sector, giving customers access to new products and services from a new range of providers.

    At Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) we know we must make swift progress toward a smarter electricity system if we are to meet our customers’ expectations. We must be ready to adapt to this rapidly changing environment, which means focusing on innovation, learning by doing and making smarter investment decisions.

    Supporting a Smarter Electricity System Report

    Rather than producing a plan that assumes we know what the future holds, our Supporting a Smarter Electricity System report outlines the principles we will adhere to in our transition from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO), what that means for our wider network and, most importantly, our customers. 

    Our DSO transition principles are built around three priorities: customers, costs and collaboration and are designed to ensure our transition to a neutral market facilitator role takes place efficiently, cooperatively and in the best interests of all market users. We have also published an action plan that outlines the work we intend to do in the short- and medium- term to prepare for, and adapt to, this changing role.

    Following the publication of this report we will continue to engage with stakeholders, directly and through the ENA’s Open Networks project, to achieve a phased transition that is customer focused, cost efficient and collaborative with other stakeholders in the industry.

    The interactive consultation form can be found here. Please send responses and queries to and include your details e.g. name and organisation in any correspondence.

    The deadline is 15 January 2018.

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    Download the report

    Download 'Supporting a Smarting Electricity System: our Transition to DSO'. Download