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The distribution network operator (DNO) unveiled the three year project in London this morning (28 November) which will result in a Customer-Led Distribution System.

The new energy market will seek to link together 3.9 million homes in the North East, Yorkshire and northern Lincolnshire and help them benefit from the low-carbon technologies transforming the energy network.

The DNO will seek to identify the best use of these technologies in a future smart energy system and the business models and policies necessary to support them.

Patrick Erwin, policy and markets director at Northern Powergrid, said: “The transition to a reliable, cost-effective, low-carbon network offers huge opportunities for the economic prosperity of our region. We want to build this smart grid around the needs of our customers, delivering them the best service at the lowest possible cost.

“We want to support emerging energy markets where our customers can buy the services they need as cheaply as possible, and where they can sell services from solar panels, electric vehicles and home batteries that will help balance demand on the network and make it more efficient. Importantly, we also need to ensure the future system does not unfairly impact vulnerable customers.”

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