Great Britain’s largest electricity distributor, UK Power Networks, has launched a consultation on its strategy for a future electricity grid.

The company has outlined how it plans to switch from being a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO).

Basil Scarsella, Chief Executive at UK Power Networks, said: “We are on the verge of a change as significant for electricity as the advent of broadband was for telecommunications.

“We are working with policy makers, regulators, academia, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and importantly customers to lay the foundations for an exciting future, which will place customers in control of energy usage.”

Five-point plan

The five-point plan unveiled by the firm – which serves customers in London and the South-East and East of England – consists of:

  • facilitating cheaper and quicker connections using proven innovation;
  • using customer flexibility as an alternative to network upgrades;
  • developing enhanced system operator capabilities;
  • collaborating with industry to enable Great Britain-wide benefits;
  • and preparing and facilitating the uptake of electric vehicles

> Take part in UK Power Networks' consultation