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DSO consultation

DSO consultation

We are inviting our stakeholders to comment on our plans for the electricity network in the North West, as part of the transition to net zero carbon.

Our three new documents describe the progress we have made and set out the next steps we are taking on the transition to ‘distribution system operation’ (DSO) – an industry-wide initiative to drive the changes needed to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions in the UK.

The consultation on the three documents – our ‘DSO strategy’, ‘Analysis of DSO functions’ and our ‘Grid digitalisation & data strategy’ – opens on 6 July and closes on 9 September 2020.

Your input will help ensure we are prioritising your needs and will be fed into revised versions of the documents for further review later in the year.

As part of the consultation process we held a webinar on Wednesday 5 August 2020. The webinar consisted of a short presentation and an opportunity for participants to ask questions about our DSO activities. You can watch a recording of the webinar or view the slide presentation below.

Consultation documents

Consultation surveys

Please provide your response to the consultation by completing our online surveys:

DSO strategy survey
Analysis of DSO functions survey
Grid digitalisation & data strategy survey

If you have any other comments or questions, please contact Simon Brooke at

Purpose of our consultation documents

These DSO documents form part of a suite of current documents which explain how we are preparing our network for the net zero carbon future. We are also inviting feedback from stakeholders on:

  • Our Distribution future electricity scenarios (DFES) consultation on inputs we use to create our forecasts for future capacity requirements. This consultation runs from 6 July – 7 August 2020
  • Three ‘Decarbonisation pathways’ for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria, energy blueprints developed with Cadent, the region’s main gas network operator.