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.
Integrating electricity storage in distribution grids
Distribution System Operators (DSOs) have to reinforce and expand their networks in order to maintain security of supply and quality of service. Many technical options could be envisaged for that purpose, including traditional investment in cables and transformers, using consumers’ flexibility or improving network monitoring and control. In this new paper, EDSO call policy makers to fix the current regulatory uncertainty and to widen the range of technologies available to DSO in order to improve the power grid management and deliver better services to all consumers.
Common Grid Model Methodology and Load Data Provision Methodology – Joint DSO response
DSOs fully recognise the usefulness of seeking to increase the international market-capacity between European countries, without lowering security of supply. The Common Grid Model Methodology (CGMM) and the Generation and Load Data Provision Methodology (CGLDPM) are two essential elements of the Capacity Allocation and Congestion Management (CACM) network code. Nevertheless, Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are surprised by the extensive scope of the foreseen methodology, and concerned by the licence TSOs intend to grant themselves for collecting data from grid users and other system operators. This joint response issued by Cedec, EDSO, Eurelectric and Geode lists the DSOs' main concerns and suggestions.
Renewable Energy Directive – EDSO Response to the EC consultation
EDSO welcomes this publication from the European Commission (EC) on the preparation of a new renewable energy directive for the period after 2020. The current directive has fueled renewable growth and its recast should pave the way for a decarbonised energy future and limit the current regulatory uncertainty. Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are facilitating the transformation of the power system, by connecting most of the renewable energy sources (RES) to the grid. This role will become even more important as RES are expected to grow due to a combination of support schemes and declining technology price.
Vision for a ‘Digital DSO’
EDSO has issued a position paper which posits a vision for a ‘Digital DSO,’ capturing the key messages of its recent responses to the European Commission's DG CONNECT consultations. The paper starts by identifying the digital trends facing DSOs. It then explains how its members are increasingly deploying digital technologies and data solutions associated with these trends to improve their business performance and customer service. Finally, it outlines the regulatory environment necessary to enable the development of digital DSOs.