Are we at last seeing the DNO's becoming DSO's and working closely with National Grid to develop a truly smart, decentralised, and flexible system? It certainly looks positive. Nothing in energy politics is ever straight forward, we've seen mixed messages and damaging amendments, such as the recent de-rating of energy storage assets. That said, 'needs must' the system has to adapt or crash. The balance of power, to excuse the pun, really is moving towards the renewable heavy, decentralised system we crucially need, with energy storage to play a critical role.
“Today’s announcement builds on that, as our energy market rapidly changes. It is about creating a system that creates a platform for a whole range of new energy technologies and services that not only allows network companies to manage the system more effectively but give other organisations the chance to benefit from that, whether that be directly or indirectly.” The ENA’s ‘Opening Markets for Network Flexibility’ report also states that network companies will “rapidly increase the use of competitive markets” over the next six years, under the current RIIO ED1 price control period. These markets will aim to deliver lower carbon energy at the lowest cost for customers as well as create opportunities for them to realise value from new services and smart technologies.