EDSO elects new Board of Directors and visits flagship InovCity Évora
March 21st 2014, Lisbon, Portugal – European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO), the association of leading European DSOs for electricity, has elected a new Board of Directors for the next two years:
João Torres, EDP Distribuçao, Chairman
Livio Gallo, Enel Distribuzione, Vice-Chairman
Javier Villalba, Iberdrola Distribución, Vice-Chairman
Christian Buchel, ERDF, Vice-Chairman
Jacques Hugé, ORES
Angel Arcos Vargas, Endesa Distribución
Peter Layr, Netz Niederösterreich
Blanca Losada Martin, Unión Fenosa Distribución
Jan Peters, Enexis
Richard Vidlicka, ČEZ Distribuce
Donald Vanbeveren, Eandis
Helmar Rendez, Vattenfall / Stromnetz-Berlin
Martin Konermann, Netze BW
Georgios Kollias, HEDNO
Further future developments in the governance of the association were also discussed, principally the change in leadership, following the announcement by EDSO’s Secretary General, Per-Olof Granström, that he will be leaving the association later this year once a suitable successor is in place.
The EDSO Board and General meeting, held in Lisbon on March 20th 2014, discussed central issues for DSOs. In light of the ever nearing 2020 climate and energy deadline, the evolving role of the DSO was tackled by the 40 CEOs and high-level member representatives. The extreme need for investment in grids and the DSOs’ positioning as neutral market facilitators, managing data and having the right to procure flexibility system services in the future market design, were among the topics discussed.
Alongside the EDSO meeting, the group visited the InovCity Évora and Inovgrid project, a flagship smart city demonstration in function since 2007, and discussed the innovative solutions that EDP Distribuçao has been testing in this real-life setting. Inovgrid will be one of the 22 projects presented at the InnoGrid2020+ Conference taking place this week in Brussels, organised by EDSO, ENTSO-E and the GRID+ Project. EDSO’s Chairman, João Torres, will be opening the conference alongside the Director General of the European Commission’s DG Energy, Dominique Ristori, and the Chairman of ENTSO-E, Pierre Bornard.