National Grid and UK Power Networks have introduced measures to make it cheaper, quicker and easier for generators to connect to the power grid in the South-East of England.

New generators – including renewables – will now be able to connect to the grid via the new service, which will eventually be extended to existing generators.

Sotiris Georgiopoulos, Head of Smart Grid at UK Power Networks, said: “The role of the distribution networks is changing, and we need to work closely with the national transmission network operator to deliver cost-effective solutions.

“This is the first time in the UK that we see the distribution systems operator role in action, supporting the wider system.”

The service marks the first step in UK Power Networks moving from being a distribution network operator (DNO) to a distribution systems operator (DSO).

Western Power Distribution unveils £125m DSO plan

Meanwhile, Western Power Distribution has unveiled details of how it will make its transition from a DNO to a DSO.

New measures will include flexibility services procurement, grid resilience improvements and greater network efficiency.

The transition will cost the company around £125 million.

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