Traditionally an increase in demand on the network would require network reinforcement. However, technology and the ability to balance demand on the system at different periods provides opportunities for new markets to be created, and new demand to be accommodated through a smarter, secure and more flexible network.
The future energy market offers the opportunity to create a decentralised energy system, supporting local renewable energy sources, and new markets that households, businesses and communities can benefit from through providing flexibility services. To accommodate this change, Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) are changing to become Distribution System Operators (DSOs).
Project LEO is an important step in understanding how these new markets can work and improving the customer engagement journey.