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Challenge Programme

Utility Week Live

Establishing the DSO function – defining business as usual

16 May 2023
Smart, flexible networks

The roles and responsibilities of tomorrow’s local distribution system operators are becoming clearer. Now, as Ofgem sets out its final rulings on the shape and structure of DSOs, energy networks need to begin in earnest the work of establishing these new functions and defining how they will work with the core business and other stakeholders on a day to day basis. Join this session to hear: 

  • How increasingly standardised flexibility specifications are being built into plans for ongoing DSO operations 

  • The DSO’s role in forecasting and investment planning 

  • Approaches to establishing distinct DSO business units 

  • How companies are preparing for a range of potential legal separation requirements 

  • Innovation for business as usual  

  • How DSOs fit into a whole system view of energy 

Chair: Rob Horgan, Utility Week Live Editorial Team 

Establishing National Grid’s DSO: building independence and transparency in decision making  
Ben Godfrey, Director of distribution system operator, National Grid Electricity Distribution

Delivering value for customers through bringing together DSO functions 
Paul Glendinning, Director of policy and markets, Northern Power Grid

Project Leo’s contribution to standardising flexibility contracts: transition to business as usual and next steps 
Melanie Bryce, Head of networks and market development, SSEN

The DNA of data: how the integration of data can improve network visibility and accelerate the DSO transition 
Harsha Anand, Chief evangelist, Enzen Group

Rob Horgan - Utility Week Live
Ben Godfrey, Director of distribution system operator - National Grid Electricty Distribution
Paul Glendinning, Director of policy and markets - Northern Power Grid
Melanie Bryce, Head of networks and market development - SSEN
Harsha Anand, Chief evangelist - Enzen Group


Utility Week Live (21-22 May, NEC, Birmingham) is the energy and water industry’s biggest annual event. UWL will offer a host of new zones, features, and unmissable content designed to accelerate delivery - to a digitally enabled net zero future. Register FREE today.