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.
Joint statement on battery-based storage
The European associations representing distribution system operators (DSOs), CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids and GEODE and the association of automotive and industrial battery manufacturers, EUROBAT call on the EU institutions to deliver a clear regulatory framework incorporating storage as a key instrument towards achieving the Energy Union. Battery energy storage is an important grid management solution that can help boost the robustness of Europe’s electricity grids. To make use of this opportunity, network operators should be allowed to own and operate batteries for the purposes of grid balancing and operation.
Establishment of the annual priority lists of network codes for 2017 & beyond – EDSO response to EC consultation
EDSO welcomes the annual consultation of the European Commission on the establishment of the annual priority lists for the development of network codes and guidelines for 2017 and beyond. Over the last five years, EDSO has deployed considerable efforts to contribute to the development of the network codes & guidelines. By providing input & feedback on documents or consultations, participating in meetings & workshops, and more recently contributing to the activities of European Stakeholder Committees, EDSO has taken an active part in this process and is satisfied that the attention paid to considerations raised by DSOs has gradually improved throughout the last years. EDSO recognises that a substantial move toward the completion of this process was achieved in 2016 with the adoption of a majority of network codes and guidelines. However, it should be underlined that some of the most controversial rules are still to be finalised. At the same time, the rules that have already been adopted should be carefully implemented at the national level. Finally, lessons from this long and complex process should be drawn before envisaging the way forward at European level.
Clean Energy for All. Package emphasises customers’ engagement, more flexible network management and DSO needs
EDSO for Smart Grids welcomes the prominent focus given in today’s package to customers’ participation, security of supply, flexibility and distribution system needs as a much-needed step-change for redesigning Europe’s electricity markets. However, DSOs will only be able to thrive on these new tasks if regulatory frameworks will create the necessary conditions that would enable them to adapt to the new market realities.
EDSO debates smart meter data needs for smart network management
Digitalisation of the electricity system is already underway, and will become even more profound in the decades to come. With the ongoing roll-out of smart meters across Europe, electricity grids will become increasingly smarter and more digital. This new flow of data will not only enhance network management, facilitating the development of new services and markets, but it will also be an opportunity for delivering better services to Europe’s citizens through increased customer empowerment, and more control of their energy consumption.