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Distribution Network Service

About the service

Distribution networks in Europe are entering a new era, with the nature of their businesses changing radically as a result of the energy transition. The integration of distributed renewable generation in their networks, while at the same time accommodating the increasing electrification of heat and transport, means that Distribution System Operators can no longer rely on their conventional toolkits and way of operation.

Delta-EE’s Distribution Network Service monitors the developments around the DSO transition in Europe, identifying and investigating key issues and synthesising best practice for the role that network companies can and need to play in the energy transition.

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Silvestros Vlachopoulos
Silvestros Vlachopoulos, Distribution Network Service Manager

“The role of electricity and gas distribution networks is evolving fast as the energy transition gathers pace. As we move to a more distributed and electrified energy system, distribution networks are moving more and more into the spotlight.

Distribution networks have growing interfaces with customers and distributed assets, the transmission system, and even electricity markets.

Technical advances are unlocking a wave of new network services and solutions; all at a time when there are decreasing numbers of engineers in many countries.”

Service brochure and research highlights

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Service Summary

Delta-EE: Your partners in Distribution Networks Research

The future of distribution networks is at the centre of many questions and concerns surrounding the energy transition. Our comprehensive expert insight and research explores key considerations, such as:

  • Smart grids: developments in neural networks, self-organising clusters, artificial intelligence, sensing technology ​
  • Transactive energy: how to manage interfaces with customers and their distributed assets, together with interfaces with the transmission system.
  • Price signals, tariffs, market facilitation. ​
  • Planning and designing local infrastructure and distributed assets: what is the role for network companies in spatial planning of networks, integrated planning across energy vectors, and for key loads (such as data centres or charging hubs). ​
  • Operational excellence: in an environment of growing demands on network businesses but a shortage of skills, how can processes be simplified and AI/ML/VR/robotics be effectively used? ​
  • Evolving roles and business models for DSOs: what are the future possible roles for distribution network companies in a world of local energy communities, smart buildings, smart cities, and a highly decentralised electricity system. ​

Whether you’re working within an electricity network and want to understand the role that hydrogen and electrolysers can play in balancing the grid, or a strategic analyst looking for deep sector insight and knowledge to understand how the value chain is developing, we will work with you to find the answers.

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What's included

Essential distribution network intelligence at your fingertips

By working with our clients on a subscription basis, the full breadth of our extensive research and insight is simple and intuitive to access.
As part of the subscription, you will receive:

Recommended reports and areas of research relevant to your requirements

Insight, opinion and commentary from our experts in the flexibility team

Dedicated contact time and ad hoc support from our service analysts

Subscriber Benefits

Resources available in the subscription

In-depth reports

Thoroughly researched reports on the most important distribution networks developments.


Reactive reports from our industry experts exploring the latest distribution networks news and events.


The data you need to make the best decisions for your business, including customer research and company profiles.

Company & Project Profiles

Case studies investigating the business models and customer propositions of companies in the energy space.

Analyst Support

Ad hoc support from our expert team of analysts.

New Energy Summit

Priority entry to our New Energy Summit, giving you the chance to network and learn from industry experts.

An expansive view of the future of distribution networks in Europe

Our research extends beyond what’s happening on the ground: we explore how things are changing. From the small details to the big picture, the comprehensive long-term view with which we approach our research equips you with the information and visibility you need to understand the impact of energy transition developments on your company.

A multi-level approach to research

Our comprehensive reports and databases are formed using both quantitative and qualitative research. Sources span from authoritative data sets right the way through to deep primary research, talking to people working within the current markets. These layers of research ensure reliable, well-rounded and unbiased information.

Informing your business decisions

Make educated business decisions supported by a wealth of research, insight and expert opinion. Navigate market complexities to define and evolve your business strategy, understand competitors, find the right positioning, and take advantage of emerging opportunities for distribution networks.

Peace of mind in a time of uncertainty

There are many unknowns surrounding the current and future of distribution networks. Operate and make decisions with confidence knowing that Delta-EE’s expert distribution networks research team are at the forefront of the research that will support you during the wider energy transition.

Clients & Partners

Who we work with

Our research benefits a wide range of industries and organisations, including, but not limited to:

Distribution network companies​


Other stakeholders

Service Updates

Keep up-to-date with the latest resources, webinars, news and insights from the Distribution Network Research service.

New Delta-EE subscriber portal launched 25th July


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Press Release

LCPがDelta-EEを買収 - エネルギー大転換の加速に伴う企業の根本的な変革を支援するためのシングルパートナーを設立

Press Release

[Mouvement d’entreprises] Delta-EE dévoile son acquisition par LCP

Press Release

LCP acquire Delta-EE – creating a single partner to help companies navigate fundamental changes to the sector as the energy transition accelerates

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