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The future role of network operators: The emerging active DSO model

12 Sep 2016

Ever since the early days of electric power, which was characterised by small local networks, the trend has been towards greater integration, resulting in the large, centrally-managed transmission networks we see today. Whilst the ownership structures have varied over the years and from country to country (private vs public, vertically integrated vs unbundled), the picture has been one of power flowing, often over large distances, from large scale generators connected to the high voltage grid to consumers connected to the low voltage grid, with a central system operator balancing the generation and consumption in real time. 

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