Across Europe DNOs are sometimes referred to as distribution system operators (DSOs). Their role may be very similar to DNOs in Great Britain but in some cases they have broader activities including dealing with domestic customers.
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LCNF projects are becoming the engine of change for distribution network operators. Janet Wood investigated the new commercial relationships being born and asked whether DNOs have a ‘system operator’ role in future