DSO concerns on Key Organisational Requirements, Roles and Responsibilities (KORRR) on data exchange
The KORRR methodology proposal, following the implementation of Guideline System Operation (GL SO) article 40.61, was submitted by all TSOs to all NRAs for approval on 14 March 2018. The KORRR preparation process is clarified in the figure below, with the current stage of the process highlighted in green colour. The EU associations representing DSOs – CEDEC, EDSO for smart grids, eurelectric and GEODE – are convinced that the KORRR methodology proposal still contains several parts that conflict with EU legislation and risk the benefit of the system as a whole. We have requested the NRAs to consider the legal consistency and reasonability of the proposed KORRR methodology.
EDSO, Eurelectric and Geode publish side letter on EU DSO entity
This side letter proposes how the EU DSO entity should be regulated, establishing a clear distinction between which principles, rules and guidelines should be defined in the EU Regulation on the internal market for electricity and which in the upcoming Statutes. According to the Regulation, the upcoming Statutes will be drafted by the DSOs under the scrutiny of ACER and the European Commission. The side letter is jointly agreed by Eurelectric, EDSO for Smart Grids and Geode, European associations that overall represent almost 100% of DSOs in Europe (small, medium and large DSOs).
5 key messages on DSOs as key enablers of e-mobility infrastructure and markets
Decarbonising road transport and its smart integration into the electricity distribution system is a major cornerstone of the energy transformation. EDSO welcomes this vision, as DSOs will play a crucial role in enabling both an energy and a mobility transition. Electro-mobility targets will only be met provided that there are also investments in the deployment of smart, reliable electricity networks. Therefore, EDSO proposes 5 key messages to facilitate this transition.
EDSO and ENTSO-E present 10 innovation actions to European Commission
In the context of this year's Innogrid2020+ conference, EDSO and ENTSO-E present to the European Commission 10 innovation points to deliver the Energy Union. This vision document, jointly prepared by the two associations, outlines important steps that should be taken to foster innovation in power networks and enable the energy transition.
Smart charging: integrating a large widespread of electric cars in electricity distribution grids
EDSO amendments to the Proposal for a Regulation on ENISA and on Information and Communication Technology cybersecurity certification
In September 2017, the European Commission proposed a Regulation aiming at reinforcing the role of the EU Cybersecurity Agency ENISA and setting up European cybersecurity certification schemes. EDSO welcomes this piece of legislation that could bring potential to foster network and information security throughout the EU. EDSO members have continuously dedicated attention and efforts to increase security levels on their networks and in their activities. Therefore, EDSO considers this proposal as a positive step in EU cybersecurity policy. However, some further attention should be paid to specific points of the proposed certification schemes.
EDSO Response to the European Commission’s public consultation on EU funds in the area of investment, research & innovation, SMEs and single market
EDSO welcomes this consultation on the upcoming innovation funding from the European Union. EDSO has been founded in 2010 with the explicit goal of promoting smart grids and thus encouraging innovation in the energy system. It is therefore with great interest that EDSO participates in this consultation and would like to bring some additional points to the attention of the European Commission, explaining more in details the DSOs’ needs in terms of smart grids innovation and how the Union could contribute to their fulfilment. A first part will provide feedback on the general landscape of EU funding frameworks; a second section will then point out some recommendations on the setup of these programmes; a final chapter will deal with the conditions for efficient uptake by DSOs of innovative solutions deriving from projects.
FLEXIBILITY IN THE ENERGY TRANSITION – A Toolbox for Electricity DSOs
With the European energy transition demanding closer inter-DSO cooperation in the interest of customers and society at large, the European associations representing DSOs (distribution system operators) – CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, eurelectric, Eurogas and GEODE – have been working together constructively now for several years. In recognition of the fact that DSO issues are becoming of increasing interest and importance to European energy policy, the European Commission has repeatedly expressed its desire to receive trusted, expert level advice on a range of matters affecting DSOs. These include market design, DSO/TSO cooperation, flexibility patterns and procedures, integration of renewable energy sources, deployment of smart grids, demand response, digitalisation and cyber security.
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.