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 the EU DSO Entity (EDSO-EURELECTRIC-GEODE)
On 19 February, 3 DSO associations at the European level sent a joint statement to the European Parliament and the European Council on the current discussions related to the EU DSO Entity. The statement brings 3 key messages: The 3 associations express their concern on the European Council’s general approach and ITRE’s compromise amendment on Articles 49, 49 (a), 50 and 50 (a) new of the Electricity Regulation. Member-DSOs of the EU DSO Entity should be able to choose a suitable proxy and the details of the proxy selection should be left to the upcoming statutes. To ensure a fair and proportional decision-making process of the entity, the 3 associations support the 14/7/7 representation per DSO size group in the entity’s Board as originally proposed by the European Commission.
EDSO Response to the European Commission’s Public consultation on priorities for Network Codes and Guidelines for 2018
EDSO welcomes the consultation of the European Commission (EC) on the establishment of the annual priority lists for the development of network codes (NC) and guidelines (GL) for 2018. Considering the lack of new substance in the consultation document, EDSO would also like to take this opportunity to formulate some general remarks on the way forward in the development of network codes.
Electricity Market Design: Unbalanced governance could affect proper working of EU DSO Entity
Today, the European Parliament’s ITRE committee voted on the Electricity Regulation and Directive which are the center pieces of the new electricity market design. EDSO welcomes many of the committee’s adopted provisions. Also, the new DSO Entity is a crucial stepping stone towards a future-proof European electricity market. However, by opting for an unbalanced representation in the body’s Board of Directors, MEPs have chosen an approach that will make future work in the Entity much more difficult.
EDSO’s Nikos Hatziargyriou takes chairmanship of ETIP SNET
At the 8th meeting of the Governing Board of the European Technology and Innovation Platform for Smart Networks for the Energy Transition (ETIP SNET) on 24 January 2018, Nikos Hatziargyriou started his chairmanship of the platform. He succeeds Konstantin Staschus, ENTSO-E Chief Innovation Officer, who has been Chairman of the ETIP SNET since its creation in July 2016.