DSO Implementation Plan

Over the past few years Britain’s homes, businesses, and communities have been gaining more control over their energy through the new low carbon smart technologies that are becoming more commonplace in everyday life. In order to fully realise the benefits of these local resources, Britain’s networks need to be able to operate in a more adaptable and flexible way to manage local supply and demand.

This plan captures short, medium, and longer-term actions that need to be progressed, and identifies gaps to delivering DSO, as well as capturing all the key products and initiatives that the Open Networks Project has developed that are needed on this journey.

To help you navigate the roadmap, we have produced a series of resources to make this tool as informative as possible. 

Please note: this roadmap is currently best viewed from a desktop computer browser.

DSO Implementation Plan Guide

The DSO Implementation Plan guide has been produced to provide a full guide and a summary of the report. The report highlights how to use the interactive feature and high-level descriptions and scope, through to the design principles of the DSO roadmap and individual steps. The appendices of this report cover each of the 8 DSO functions in detail.

Video Guide

Our short video guide will take you through the DSO roadmap’s interactive functions to give you a feel for how to access and navigate the roadmap.

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Beginning in 2017, Open Networks has worked to define what Distribution System Operation is and the functions and activities that are associated. Our initial work focused on defining the best and most efficient routes to transition to DSO and undertaking Smart Grid Architecture Models (SGAM) for each of these ‘future worlds’.

Further work on the journey was undertaken last year with the Future Worlds Impact Assessment carried out by independent global consultants Baringa. The independent impact assessment looked at the various options needed to make DSO a reality in Great Britain and compared the strengths and weaknesses of the different ‘Future Worlds’ against over 30 criteria, including decarbonisation and cost to the consumer. 

A full consultation and engagement programme were held for both the future worlds and future worlds impact assessment work. More information on the 2018 Future Worlds Consultation, and the 2019 Future Worlds Impact Assessment Consultation, can be found on our website.

DSO Roadmap

Below you will find the DSO roadmap tool. To make this tool as informative as possible, we recommend using a desktop browser and viewing it in full screen by clicking the 'full screen' button in the bottom right of the page.