Towards Future Distribution System Operators: A UK Perspective

Presented by: Luis (Nando) Ochoa, Professor, The University of Melbourne and The University of Manchester

Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 5:00 – 6:00pm EDT

With the proliferation of residential and utility scale renewable generation, the deployment of smart meters, and the future adoption of electric vehicles and storage technologies, there is no doubt that electricity distribution networks are at the heart of the Smart Grid revolution. This, however, will require the traditional distribution network operator (DNO) to evolve into an engaged, flexible distribution system operator (DSO) in which network elements and participants (consumers, generators, and those that do both) are actively managed to fulfill technical, economic, and environmental objectives. Key to this evolution is the provision of a forward-looking regulatory framework in which innovation must be encouraged.

This webinar will present and discuss the different mechanisms adopted in the last decade by the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), arguably one of the most progressive regulatory authorities in the world, to support innovation among DNOs – including the recent £500 million Low Carbon Networks Fund. The DSO vision in the UK and abroad, potential future roles, and the perceived challenges to ensure the corresponding transition will also be presented and discussed.

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Nando Ochoa

About the Speaker:

Luis (Nando) Ochoa is a Professor of Smart Grids at The University of Melbourne, Australia and part-time at The University of Manchester, UK. His expertise in network integration of low carbon technologies and his extensive portfolio of industrial and academic projects has led to 120+ publications, 50+ technical reports, and one patent filed by Psymetrix Ltd. Prof Ochoa is an IEEE PES Distinguished Lecturer and has also several leadership roles within IEEE PES, including Member-At-Large of the Governing Board, Vice-Chair of the Distribution System Operation and Planning SC, and Chair of the Modern and Future Distribution System Planning WG. Dr Ochoa is an IEEE Senior Member since 2012. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from UNI (Peru), and a Research MSc and a PhD in Electrical Power Engineering, both from UNESP Ilha Solteira (Brazil). He is also a Visiting Professor at UNICAMP (Brazil) since 2014.


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