Five “future world” scenarios have been outlined by the Energy Networks Association (ENA) for how grid operators can deliver a more flexible and decentralised power system.

The trade body’s options include distributed energy resource (DER) coordinated by:

● distribution system operators (DSOs) on a local level;

● National Grid in its role as electricity system operator (ESO) on a national basis;

● DSOs and the ESO in partnership;

● new national or regional “flexibility coordinators”;

● or price-driven flexibility thanks to Ofgem’s current reforms.

The five scenarios were drawn up following a series of industry events.

‘Major change’

David Smith, Chief Executive of the ENA, said: “The Open Networks Project is transforming the way our electricity networks work, unlocking a whole new range of benefits for households and businesses across the country.

“These ‘Future Worlds’ represent a major change from the way our networks operate today, as they pioneer new ways to decarbonise our energy system to deliver new opportunities and reduced costs for households and businesses across the country.”

The ENA’s consultation on its proposals closes on 25 September.

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