As WPD adds Distribution System Operator roles to existing Distribution Network Operator roles, it will carry out its existing functions and take on some new ones. To facilitate neutral markets we have identified functions and activities which are specifically related to DSO. We have also identified the functions that a DNO would provide to any DSO, these are described as DSO enablers and cover areas where the DNO roles support a more flexible network operation through a DSO provider. As a regulated business with no interests in UK generation or supply, WPD views the facilitation of our customers into these neutral markets as a natural extension of our current role in managing the power across our distribution networks.
We are uniquely placed to ensure simple and consistent access to new markets for our active customers through maximising the utilisation of our existing electrical and communication networks. Within WPD we have already completed organisational changes which segregate our DSO functions from those of the DNO. The first covers elements related to System Operator, with the second detailing elements of DSO enablers managed by the DNO. Each area reports separately to our Operations Director.