The traditional three roles of utilities for planning, operations and market administration are being challenged by developments in technology, public policy goals, user preferences and business models. This raises questions over the future of the traditional distribution utility model in terms of: which of the three roles. Is it still valid that it should still have responsibility for the three roles; are there new functions (for example, local market coordination and balancing) which some distribution entity needs to take on; are there functions it should lose? There is a central question within this about how current Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) evolve, and whether they should (or should not) be transformed from current ‘passive’ distribution utilities into ‘active’ market facilitators, market balancers at the local grid supply point (GSP) area level and system coordinators/managers.
IGov 11th Feb 2019 read more »