From DNO to DSO
Currently DNOs have little to no visibility of the low voltage network, which poses a challenge when increasing amounts of intermittent generation are being connected. To accommodate more renewable, distributed generation, Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) face the daunting task of transitioning to become Distribution System Operators (DSOs).
If the management of low voltage networks remains unchanged, operating costs for DNOs will rise substantially. This is because additional contingency to accommodate the growing amount of ‘unknown’ distribution connected generation would need to be built in. To adapt to this new energy mix without incurring these higher costs, DNOs will need far more insight and visibility of their low voltage networks.