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The spotlight shines on distribution networks

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Andy is a Director of Delta-EE, a specialist research and consultancy company in the 'new energy' sector. Since joining Delta-EE in 2010, Andy has helped define and develop Delta-EE’s portfolio...

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Distribution networks are entering a brave new age. They have done their job excellently in Europe in the previous decades – distributing electricity from the transmission system to households and businesses in an efficient, cost-effective, reliable manner.

But the nature of their job is changing radically. In some European countries this change is well underway; in others it is largely still to come.

The energy transition brings two massive challenges to DSOs.

  1. Connecting large amounts of renewable generation to networks
  2. Accommodating increasing electrification of transport and heat.

No longer can DSOs solely rely on their traditional toolkits such as network-reinforcement and direct load control.

Find out more about these challenges and this free Whitepaper from Delta-EE.

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Matt Chester on Apr 22, 2021

What sort of nuances does the distribution network have to deal with that are unique compared with the transmission network? We often hear about the smart grid, and in practice a lot of that technology and its associated programs have to be happening on the household level with smart meters, right? 

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