Imagining the system operator of the future

26 May 2021

Imagining the system operator of the future

As the energy system progresses on a path of radical transformation for net zero, Utility Week explores how this may alter the characteristics and capabilities needed in tomorrow’s system operator.

Ofgem’s decision in January this year to back the creation of a fully independent system operator (ISO), has been interpreted by many as a pivotal moment which breaks open many of the certainties and assumptions around how today’s system functions.

But just how do industry leaders imagine that a net zero-ready, independent system operator of the future might differ from what we know today? What remits should it hold and what characteristics or capabilities should it display?

In this unique report, Utility Week – in association with Mott Macdonald – has gathered input from a range of senior industry leaders and energy transformation experts to set out some of the key areas and consensus around just these questions.

Download the report now to understand:

  • Expectations around how the future ISO should fit into the industry governance landscape
  • What responsibilities it should have in relation to the integration of markets, facilitating offshore transmission growth, safeguarding system cyber security and more
  • How commentators imagine a future ISO could manage cross-vector alignment of low carbon power and a hydrogen-based gas network
  • How it could revitalise system codes and standards, making them fit for a future of diverse and dynamic system participation
  • And more….