About Smart Grid

We increasingly see the role of low carbon technologies and markets to tackle the Net Zero challenge and have evolved our approach to becoming a DSO with this in mind.

Our Strategy

The Smart Grid development team is powering our FutureSmart strategy. Established in 2017, the UK’s first ever dedicated Smart Grid team is pioneering the development of a dynamic and highly-tuned electrical network capable of enabling Net Zero.

Our FutureSmart Strategy, released in 2017, sets out our priorities for building a smart grid for all.

To achieve this task, we are radically reshaping our role. A coordinated approach to system operations and planning with National Grid, the GB System Operator is needed to deliver value for consumers.

Traditional models are rapidly being left behind. We are converting from our role of being a Network Operator to become a System Operator, balancing an increasingly complex and interconnected electricity network while maintaining focus on our core responsibility of keeping the lights on. It is a change as fundamental to the British electricity network as the advent of broadband was to telecoms. It is a change that UK Power Networks is embracing.

Download our Future Smart Strategy document

Enabling Net Zero as a DSO

The road to net zero will be decarbonised, decentralised and digitised. A world where anyone can be a consumer and producer of energy will fundamentally reconfigure the way consumers interact with their network operator.

New technologies like Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units, smart meters and LED lights can drastically reduce carbon emissions. Rooftop solar panels, domestic batteries and electric vehicles can turn homes into ‘smart hubs’ that power emerging markets like Flexibility Services.

Combined with consumer monitoring apps, new digital platforms and shared community energy schemes, it is our customers who will lead the charge towards DSO.

Our ‘day in the life’ video shows how the future might look for our customers with the advent of a Smart Grid

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