Our Energy Evolution

The ways in which we use, produce, and share energy are changing. In short, we are reimagining how energy is viewed as a resource.

On this page, find out more about Counties Energy’s role as a Distribution System Operator (DSO), new and emerging technologies, and the latest network projects and customer trials.

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Our DSO Transition

Today, Distributed Network Operators (DNOs) are responsible for maintaining a safe and reliable electricity network and connecting new customers and small-scale generation.

Tomorrow, along with DNO responsibilities, Distribution System Operators (DSOs) will play the role of “energy orchestrators” – coordinating the generation, storage, distribution, and consumption of energy in a more efficient and sustainable centralised manner.

The key benefits of this more inclusive and flexible system include:

  • Optimised energy usage, waste reduction, and minimised peak demand
  • Enhanced energy efficiencies leading to reduced consumption and a smaller carbon footprint
  • Effective integration of renewable energy sources like solar and wind
  • Increased convenience and control for consumers
  • Improved grid resilience and reliability


Harvesting and storing energy from the sun is a growing part of our future. If you’re looking to connect solar panels or other alternative energy sources onto our network, the first step is to complete the relevant Distributed Generation application for your needs. Click the link below to find out more.

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Electric Vehicle (EV) Services

The growth of electric vehicles has been rapid and will continue to grow as prices fall and choices increase. To support this growth, we developed an end-to-end ecosystem called OpenLoop. Read more about OpenLoop by clicking on the button below.

Smart Network

Over 95% of the Counties Energy network have smart meters which enables more accurate power bills for customers with remote (rather than estimated) meter readings.

Smart meters enable customers to make use of smart home energy management systems where they can monitor energy usage and change consumption patterns to reduce costs.

For customers who produce alternative sources of energy via wind or solar,  smart meters facilitates the integration of renewables by enabling participation in demand response incentives and load balancing initiatives.