The energy transition is accelerating the transformation of distribution network operators (DNOs) to distribution service operators (DSOs). DSOs will play a pivotal role in managing growing bi-directional electron flows between proliferating sources of distributed generation and new, power hungry electrical loads such as EVs and data centers. Recent BloombergNEF economic reports commissioned by Eaton and Statkraft demonstrate clearly that in this new world of distributed energy and mass electrification, the grid has never been more important. In addition, flexibility offered by energy storage, microgrids, smart-charging electric vehicles, demand response and interconnectors must be the cornerstone of a stable and cost-effective grid in the future. Over several years, Eaton has worked with utilities and energy users across Europe to develop pioneering technologies and working systems across all these use cases.