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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.


Latest Publications

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.

May 17, 2016

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.

Latest News

Jul 20, 2016

EDSO for Smart Grids welcomes today’s publication of the ‘European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility’ by the European Commission as an opportunity to refocus attention on electro-mobility as an obvious solution for making Europe’s transport clean, more efficient and less dependent on imported fossil fuels.

Jul 08, 2016

The European Institutions are gearing up for delivering revised RES, energy efficiency, and market design directives during the next semester. In view of the the informal Energy and Environment Ministers meeting on 12-13 July, where these topics will be discussed, EDSO reminds policy-makers that the decarbonisation objectives set by the European Union will only be met with the support of a smart energy infrastructure.

EDSO events

19 September 2016, Brussels

Partner events

Smart Transmission and Distribution Networks
15- 16 September 2016, Prague

BestRES Workshop on business models for RES aggregators
27 September 2016, Brussels

8th Edition European Electricity Ancillary Services and Balancing Forum
28- 30 September 2016, Barcelona

IEC 61850 Europe 2016
18- 20 October 2016, Amsterdam

European Utility Week
15- 17 November 2016, Barcelona

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