27 - 28 September 2022 | London, UK


Lynne McDonald

Distribution System Operator Readiness Programme Manager
UK Power Networks
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Lynne joined UK Power Networks in 2010 and has 11 years utilities experience working within UK Power Networks’ Innovation and Smart Grid Development teams. In that time Lynne has delivered new technical, commercial and customer experience solutions within a collaborative culture to advance business aims, help customers cut their carbon footprint, and put the UK on the path to Net Zero.

Lynne holds a MEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. She was named Engineer of the Year in the Women in Construction Awards 2016.

Lynne is responsible for overseeing the strategic change programme transitioning the business to a Distribution System Operator (DSO). This includes overseeing the Low Voltage (LV) Visibility & Control programme that is installing targeted LV monitoring in distribution substations that are forecasted to be affected by Electric Vehicle uptake.  She also oversees the mobilisation of a multi-million pound programme to upgrade the communication network across UK Power Networks substations to make them more intelligent and flexible so they can enable more low carbon technologies and energy resources.

Lynne also coordinates and oversees UK Power Networks smart grid activities in support of Singapore Power’s global Smart Grid Index, an international study which is helping utilities measure and advance in key dimensions of grid development.  The independent study currently ranks UK Power Networks as the No. 1 Smart Grid in the world in terms of our Smart Grid capabilities. The success in the rankings is testament to the smart grid projects that are supporting to achieve a net zero UK as quickly and cheaply as possible.

21 Sep
 - 11:15 BST
Network Evolution & Smart Grid Transformation
Panel Discussion

As we experience more network constraints globally, pressure is on the transmission and distribution networks to ensure a smarter, more reliable grid for years to come. The smart integration of renewable energy with the grid is the key, but also the challenge of a generation.

  • How can networks use technology to enhance, automate and connect the existing grid?
  • Making the network more intelligent through increased connectivity and use of IoT platforms in order to communicate with other parts of the grid
  • Solutions such as smart metering, sensors, EV infrastructure and distributed renewables as the key to ensuring better observability and control of the grid now and for the future