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Smart grids

EDSO for Smart Grids gathers leading European distribution system operators (DSOs) for electricity, cooperating to bring smart grids from vision to reality in Europe and is focused on guiding EU RD&D, policy and member state regulation to support this development.

Smart grids are a prerequisite to achieving the EU’s ambitious energy and climate objectives to 2020 and beyond – decreasing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency and the strongest driver of all, increasing the share of renewable energy connected to our networks.

EDSO and its members are committed to taking on this huge challenge, while at the same time ensuring the reliability of Europe’s electricity supply to consumers and enabling them to take a more active part in our energy system.

EDSO is the key-interface between Europe’s DSOs and the European institutions, promoting the development and large-scale testing of smart grid models and technologies in real-life situations, new market designs and regulation.

Our brochure  and “Why smart grids?” section of the website lay out in more detail these challenges and the solutions that smart grids offer.


Don’t miss our conference the 26th-27th June 2017 in Brussels

Latest Publications

Jun 23, 2017

Simplify and accelerate administrative procedures for network development while ensuring high technical and safety standards Article 16 should clarify who are the applicants for the permits to build and operate infrastructures for the production of energy from renewable energy sources . We suggest that the permit granting process associated to the use of network infrastructure should not be restricted to privates RES investors, but should also include residential, commercial and industrial consumers. The applicant should be provided with all necessary information, and the single administrative contact points that will be created should coordinate and involve, in close cooperation with renewables developers, local authorities and distribution network operators. EDSO believes that for demonstration projects and installations with a limited electricity capacity a simplified grid access procedure could be established. However, administrative simplicity must be achieved while complying with technical grid codes and safety legislation. Thus, installations must only connect to the grid under DSO supervision and after network capacity and safety approvals are granted (Article 17).

Jun 23, 2017

EDSO is strongly committed to proactively contribute to the institutional set up of the proposed DSO entity. Article 49 sets a number of provisions stating that the DSO body is open for undbundled DSOs and those which are not part of a vertically integrated undertaking. EDSO fully supports this clause as it gives a historic opportunity to have a fully-fledged, single representation for electricity DSOs at European level, without accounting for other parts of the value chain. In this regard, we fully agree that its membership should be limited only to electricity DSO companies, and that no formal representation is extended to member states representatives or industry associations to ensure a consistent and strong DSO view. These could nevertheless be assigned consultative or observers roles. Moreover, EDSO remains open as to the participation of smaller DSO companies, which could be tackled at a later stage. Participation can be envisaged for electricity DSOs with a customer base above 100,000 customers, which fits the EDSO current membership criteria. This entails that the expected magniture of the eligble DSOs could reach a dimension between 200 and 240 companies.

Latest News

May 25, 2017

The four Associations representing European Distribution System Operators (DSOs), notably CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, EURELECTRIC and GEODE welcome CEER’s consideration of the use of flexibility with an emphasis on the distribution level and are pleased to provide this single joint response. Consideration of flexibility issues at distribution level is most welcome as it has been missing from many policy approaches so far. Any future regulation should fully consider the need to integrate and support flexibility at the distribution level which is the most affected by the ongoing transformation.

Apr 25, 2017

EDSO hosted a workshop on 24 April on Grid Revolution – Active Customers and Electricity Distributors shaping the new Energy Landscape. This event showed how the growing responsibilities of the DSOs go hand-in-hand with the increased focus on energy consumers in the Clean Energy Package. Through smart grids, DSOs will not only manage distribution systems in a more active and more efficient way but also enable customer participation in the energy system. Speakers and panelists included Roberto Zangrandi - Secretary-General of EDSO, Dominique Ristori - EU Commission Director-General for Energy, Joachim Schneider - Senior Vice-President of innogy SE, Anna Colucci - head of the Retail Market unit of DG Energy, Laurent Schmitt – Secretary-General of ENTSO-E, James Watson – CEO of SolarPower Europe, and Franz Stempfl – Managing Director of Energienetze Steiermark.

EDSO events

InnoGrid2020+ 2017: The Network of Networks
26- 27 June 2017, Brussels

Partner events

10th Edition European Electricity Ancillary and Balancing Forum
25- 26 September 2017, Barcelona

Battery & Energy Storage 2017
28- 29 November 2017, Warwick Coventry