Events and webinars

Throughout this innovation project, we hold regular events to share our learnings and engage with stakeholders. These include conferences, webinars, desktop exercises and podcasts.

The learnings from this project will be of interest to all sectors of the energy industry including:

  • distributed energy resources (DERs)

  • distribution network operators (DNOs)

  • transmission operators (TOs)

  • electricity system operator (ESO)

  • policy makers and academics

  • equipment and service providers.

Stakeholder engagement is a crucial part of our knowledge dissemination strategy, both to disseminate learnings to industry and bring valuable knowledge into the project.

You’ll find dates for your diary here as well as materials from our past events – you can subscribe below for updates on future events.

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Upcoming events

Below are details and dates of our next event.

Distributed ReStart close down event

Close-down event webinar: final conclusions – October 2022

This interactive webinar will be the project’s last event, where we’ll present the final conclusions and learnings.

You’ll be able to engage with the project’s workstream leads, engineers and design architects.

The webinar will include the Distribution Restoration Zone Controller (DRZC) testing at the National HVDC Centre and the remaining live trials.

We’ll continue to keep you updated on the progress of this important event.

Past events and materials

The Demonstration Stage: distributed restoration works in practice – May 2022

Our third and final annual event covers our “proof of concept” outputs including our world-first live trial in Galloway, Scotland.

You’ll watch presentations from the project’s workstream leads, engineers and design architects including a Q&A session.

This exciting webinar also covers the successful Factory Acceptance Testing (FAT) of a Distributed Restoration Zone Controller (DRZC).

Download the Annual Event May 2022 presentation slides

Download the Annual Event May 2022 Q&A

Watch the Annual Event May 2022 webinar

Distributed ReStart PandC podcast crop

Podcast launch of the P&C final report – January 2022

The Procurement and Compliance (P&C) workstream’s final report podcast will give you an understanding of the proposed procurement process and what will be required from DERs.

Costs, commercial considerations, and the drafting of industry codes to future proof the designs are discussed.

You’ll also hear the insights and challenges around the full procurement process and the transition to business as usual.

Listen to podcast

Download report

Distributed ReStart podcast

Podcast launch of the OST final report – September 2021

You’re invited to listen to interviews with the engineers behind the final report for the OST workstream.

The podcast will explore the insight and challenges around the report’s findings on the conclusion of the OST desktop exercises.

Simon Harrison will interview the team of talented engineers responsible for delivering the conclusion of the desktop exercises.

Listen to the podcast

Download the report

Distributed ReStart Test procurement

P&C Test Procurement Event – August/September 2021

To develop a procurement process for distributed energy resource (DER) providers, the Procurement and Compliance (P&C) workstream ran a mock tender event.

We co-created a future procurement process with DER participants, using their mock bid data and feedback.

You can download the materials below including the webinar slides that launched the exercise.

Download Launch webinar slides

Invite to Test Procurement Event

Appendix 1 – Mock Tender Requirements Document

Appendix 2 – Mock Tender Submission Template

Appendix 3 – Event Feedback Form

National Grid ESO - Distributed ReStart Event

The Live Trials Stage podcast event – April 2021

Our annual event for 2021 was The Live Trials Stage, which followed on from the previous year’s virtual event, The Design Stage.

The event took the form of a 5-day series of podcasts with a podcast being released each day of the week. The podcasts included in-depth interviews and a lively panel discussion with external industry experts.

Go to podcasts


Below is an archive of the project’s events and materials dating back to 2019.


The Design Stage virtual event 2020

30 June - 2 July 2020

Our three-day virtual event in July updated our stakeholders on the latest design phase of the project - including the technical, organisational, procurement and regulatory solutions to be tested in late 2020 and early 2021.

Annual Conference 2020

30 January 2020

Our annual conference focused on deliverables across all four workstreams with a format that consisted of presentations and interview panels.

Webinars and workshops

Distributed ReStart Procurement and Compliance – DER Stakeholder engagement webinar

21 May 2021

This webinar provided an overview of our developments in procurement and compliance, as a commencement of our focussed engagement as we develop our process and thinking. The next stage is to invite DER participants for further 1-2-1 meetings, to fully understand their requirements and seek feedback on our proposals.


January webinar 2020

8 January 2020 


Transmission and Distribution Workshop 

12 September 2019


August webinar 2019 

27 August 2019


March webinar 2019

29 March 2019

Stakeholder meetings

Stakeholder Advisory Group Output September 2019

18 September 2019


Stakeholder Advisory Group Output January 2019

13 January 2019

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