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Network Flexibility Map

The UK's electricity system is undergoing a rapid period of change as distribution network customers invest in generation and alter their consumption behaviours to effect a lower carbon future. To enable a greater volume of demand, generation and storage to be connected, our networks are becoming smarter and more active. Creating a more efficient and flexible system will benefit all customers and empower them to be at the centre of the energy revolution.

We recognise that the change from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to a Distribution System Operator (DSO) is essential to driving performance and efficiency from our network and to ensure it can meet the future energy demands of all our customers. The enhanced capabilities we are developing will also give our customers the freedom to access other opportunities within the developing energy system.

Facilitating new neutral markets around flexibility is a key objective in WPD’s DSO Strategy. This will require us to provide a greater level of information on the performance characteristics of our network than ever before and in a format which is understandable and transparent. This new style of information presentation has been developed through close engagement with our stakeholders and we anticipate this signposting information to inform the market ahead of us requesting tenders for flexibility.

A signpost provides general directions to a number of destinations, though does not describe the exact path in the way a map would. In the same sense, WPD’s signposting information directs flexibility providers to the different distribution system needs required under a range of scenarios and timings.

The Network Flexibility Map also provides information on the live tenders where WPD is currently seeking expressions of interest from flexibility. More information, and how to apply, can be found on our Flexible Power website –

We have published a Flexibility map glossary - this will help explain any terminology which may be confusing. 

Network Flexibility Map


The Network Flexibility Map has been developed to display where our network is currently seeking flexibility, or may seek it in the future. The information contained here will be updated regularly and new areas will be added when a future need for flexibility is identified. Whilst we use reasonable endeavours to ensure that the Network Flexibility Map and related information is accurate, we do not warrant and do not accept any responsibility or liability for, the accuracy or the completeness of the content or for any loss which may arise from reliance on the network flexibility map or related information.

The terms and conditions for use of our website apply to the network flexibility map and related information.