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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

Oct 14, 2016

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.

Jul 26, 2016

The work of the five associations (EDSO, CEDEC, ENTSO-E, EURELECTRIC and GEODE) in the field of TSO-DSO cooperation culminated with the publication of their common TSO/DSO data management report. The report serves to provide input to the European Commission’s forthcoming market design and renewables package. The document aims in particular at sharing recommendations on common European principles and criteria for data and information exchanges. This will help preparing the much-needed cooperation between TSOs and DSOs in the face of new challenges and developments including the prominent role of customers in the energy transition, the need for flexibility in balancing and congestion management, as well as in stepping up efforts of coordination between TSOs and DSOs.

Latest News

Oct 13, 2016

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.

Sep 19, 2016

The four European associations representing electricity distribution system operators, CEDEC, EDSO, EURELECTRIC and GEODE, and ENTSO-E, representing the transmission system operators, teamed up to share their views on how to manage data and information exchanges between system operators. The resulting effort is a joint report that sets out how rules on data management and exchanges represent a precondition to deploying smart grids and unleashes all potential of the demand side of the electricity system. The report also intends to stir up the debate among stakeholders across networks and markets.

EDSO events

Partner events

European Utility Week
15- 17 November 2016, Barcelona

7th annual European Smart Grid Cyber Security
21- 22 March 2017, London

SMARTGREENS 2017 : 6th International Conference on Smart Cities and Green ICT Systems
23- 24 April 2017, Porto