EDSO workshop on flexibility: stakeholders discuss challenges and opportunities for distribution grids
EDSO hosted today a workshop that gathered more than 100 participants to reflect on “Rethinking distribution grids: future DSOs’ roles in active system management through flexibility”. In the context of the energy transition that is profoundly transforming the distribution system, flexibility is undeniably becoming a critical asset for distribution system operators. Flexibility has the potential to unleash consumer participation, increase the smartness of distribution networks, and allow for a higher, more efficient integration of decentralised energy resources. However, due to the growing complexity arising in the system, the use of flexibility operations can also pose some challenges requiring more visibility and coordination by the DSOs.
EDSO’s Smart Grids expertise in support of Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative
Chania (Greece) - On 22 September, the European Commission officially launched in Chania (Island of Crete, Greece) its initiative on “Clean Energy for EU Islands” that was agreed upon in Malta on 18 May. This program aims to gather best practices and foster access to energy technology and funding for Europe’s over 2700 islands.
EDSO proposes a Protocol for a European Open Data policy in distribution systems, and signs the “Tallinn e-energy Declaration”
Participating in the “Conference on digitalising energy system: Where digital meets energy” co-hosted by ENTSO-E, two of its members and the Estonian Presidency, Christian Buchel, Chairman of EDSO and Enedis Deputy CEO and Chief Digital Officer, remarked the need of a Protocol for a European Open Data policy in electricity distribution systems. Taking also part in the high-level conference that gathered prominent EU leaders on “Europe’s Future Electricity Market”, hosted by the Estonian Presidency, EDSO added its signature to the “Tallinn e-energy Declaration” that aims to promote the digitalisation of Europe’s energy systems and the use of smart solutions to step up the energy transition.
EDSO publishes position paper on Local Energy Communities
Engaging in local energy communities represents a promising opportunity for Europe’s consumers to better manage their energy use while promoting a wider renewables uptake. In their function as neutral market facilitators and key enablers of the energy transition, distribution system operators will play a fundamental role in empowering prosumers, individually or collectively engaged in energy self-consumption. In a position paper published today, EDSO for Smart Grids highlights the roles that DSOs will play in supporting these new entities with the most adequate grid infrastructure solution. Such services can include grid balancing, data metering and other solutions they may need. However, EDSO also signals that the regulatory framework for energy communities must be rightly set, by making sure that new entities are not exempted from network charges and other system obligations that apply to the rest of the customers.
EDSO Chairman and Secretary General meet the Management Board of HEDNO, the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator
Mr. Christian Buchel, Chairman of EDSO, Deputy CEO and Chief Digital Officer of Enedis, which manages the largest electricity distribution network in France, accompanied by Roberto Zangrandi, Secretary General of EDSO, met on Friday, September 8, 2017, with Mr. Nikos Chatziargyriou, Chairman and CEO of HEDNO and the Management Board of HEDNO at its headquarters in Athens.
Selection of the next ACER Director launched
The European Commission has launched the procedure for selecting the next Director of ACER, the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, as the second mandate of Alberto Pototschnig, the current Director of the Agency, comes to an end in September 2018. The Agency is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Access to clean electricity for all Europeans at all times – European grid operators ready to take up the challenge
Following the success for the sixth year in a row of their joint conference on innovation in electricity grids, INNOGRID2020+, the association for electricity distribution system operators, EDSO for Smart Grids, and the European network of transmission system operators for electricity, ENTSO-E, commit to join forces on speeding up the smartening of the electricity system.
EDSO for Smart Grids elects Christian Buchel as new Chairperson
EDSO Board of Directors, gathered today in Brussels, elected Christian Buchel, EDSO’s Vice-Chairperson and Chair of the Policy Committee, as the new Chairperson of the association. As first words in his new position, he underlined the key priorities ahead for EDSO: digitalisation and innovation, as well as the EU DSO Entity.
Europe’s fourth industrial revolution: how electricity networks platforms enable change
By 2030, at least 75 billion of devices will be connected to the internet generating 75 trillions of gigabytes of data. From 100 000 in 2015, there could be 18 million[i] of full electric vehicles in Europe by 2030 as charging becomes more widely available and cities invest in smart & clean mobility. In electricity, all consumers should by then be equipped with smart meters.
DSOs publish joint Response to CEER Guidelines of Good Practice for Flexibility Use at Distribution Level
The four Associations representing European Distribution System Operators (DSOs), notably CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, EURELECTRIC and GEODE welcome CEER’s consideration of the use of flexibility with an emphasis on the distribution level and are pleased to provide this single joint response. Consideration of flexibility issues at distribution level is most welcome as it has been missing from many policy approaches so far. Any future regulation should fully consider the need to integrate and support flexibility at the distribution level which is the most affected by the ongoing transformation.