District Network Operators
DNOs published their business plans in December 2021. They committed to:
• Support the energy transition, including the shift to electric vehicles and accommodating greater numbers of heat pumps and renewables.
• Support customers, particularly those in vulnerable situations, through measures such as the Priority Services Register.
• Enable the sector to continue to be a global pioneer for innovation over the next five years, digitalising systems and processes and using grid capacity in smarter ways to reduce the need to build new infrastructure in some areas.
• Deliver enhanced resilience and reliability to communities following the Storm Arwen review published by Ofgem and support the government’s ambitions for a secure energy future.
The Energy Networks Association (ENA), which represents GB electricity distribution network operators, has said Ofgem’s draft determinations for the RIIO-ED2 Price Control will need more work to deliver the investment needed for Net Zero.
David Smith, Chief Executive of Energy Networks Association (ENA) said:
“The final determinations will need more work to give us confidence that RIIO-ED2 will be compatible with customers’ expectations of an energy system that enables the transition to Net Zero. We will work with Ofgem over the coming months to meet this challenge.
“As record numbers of electric vehicles, renewable energy and heat pumps are introduced to our energy system, the ED2 Price Control period is crucial, recognising the scale of transformation and the leading role networks will play in enabling decarbonisation.
“As well as supporting the burgeoning ways in which low-carbon technology is utilised through flexibility and innovation, networks need both sufficient certainty and agility around investment to meet the scale of the challenge at the time customers and communities need them.”