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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.


Latest Publications

Mar 24, 2017

Common statement: ENTSO-E, ENTSOG, SolarPower Europe, WindEurope, EDSO, SEDC, T&D Europe A common energy policy was at the heart of the European project at its inception. Bringing strategic assets together was seen as a stepping stone to rebuild a war shaken continent. The resulting peace and prosperity allowed Europeans to work together on a coordinated energy policy hinging on a liberalized energy market with power- and gas networks integrated across borders. In parallel, ambitious sustainability goals have been developed, clean tech is on the rise and the idea of an Energy Union, a European energy transition for all Europeans is gaining ground.

Mar 16, 2017

DSOs stand at the forefront of the energy transition as key enablers of electricity markets and smarter energy systems. In this regard, EDSO welcomes the publication of the European Commission’s Clean Energy Package, particularly in view of the enhanced visibility and recognition of new roles and capabilities given to Distribution System Operators (DSOs). We particularly support the proposals’ move to formally integrate DSOs at the EU level through a single DSO entity for electricity, and recognise their much-needed flexibility needs for an efficient system operation.

Latest News

Mar 14, 2017

EDSO for Smart Grids Board of Directors and General Assembly gathered today in Brussels entrusted Roberto Zangrandi the role of Secretary General, following the premature passing away of the late Ana Aguado, Secretary General between 2014 and 2016. An Italian national, Roberto Zangrandi, has been Special Adviser of EDSO on secondment from Enel Group of Italy since 2015. At Enel he guided their EU Institutional Affairs office in Brussels between 2007 and 2014 after having been Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Identity and Image, Corporate Communication Plans.

Mar 14, 2017

EDSO Board of Directors and General Assembly gathered today in Brussels expressed deep appreciation for the European Commission Clean Energy for all Europeans legislative proposals strongly acknowledging and enhancing the role of electric power Distribution System Operators. In this advanced and forward looking perspective for a new market framework, EDSO members already serve over 75% of the European citizens consumers. They also are on the forefront of digitalisation of the power grids and smart solutions, bringing consumer in the very centre of the energy transition process.

EDSO events

EDSO workshop debating DSOs’ roles as part of the Clean Energy Package
24 April 2017, Brussels

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

Partner events

Grid Analytics Europe 2017
06- 08 June 2017, Amsterdam