Comments on WPD’s DSO Transition Consultation Document
Submission from Rachel Bray, Helen Poulter, Richard Hoggett, Catherine Mitchell & Bridget Woodman: Energy Policy Group, University of Exeter
The Energy Policy Group (EPG) of the University of Exeter welcomed the chance to comment on WPD’s DSO Transition programme and applauds WPD for the efforts made in recognising that transformation is essential to ensure that the network can meet the future energy demands of all of WPD’s customers.
IGov is a project undertaken by the EPG. It takes the view that institutional and regulatory change is required to enable a transformation of the energy system to one that is decarbonised, affordable and secure. IGov has argued that the current energy system governance framework in GB is not fit for purpose, and IGov has proposed a ‘straw’ governance framework which it argues is fit for purpose. This argues for a number of institutional changes, including a central role for active DNOs as a facilitator of change – we call these distribution service providers (DSPs). At a high level, IGov argues that there are four key, inter-linked areas that require change: the decision-making process, including its institutions; the resetting to be customer and demand-focused; a move to a flexible and coordinated operation and design; and regulatory reform.
The full submission can be downloaded here.