EDSO for Smart Grids members now covering more than 50% of European electricity metering points

A growing number of European Electricity Distribution System Operators join EDSO for Smart Grids to quick start Smart Grids demonstration activities throughout Europe

EDSO for Smart Grids is now representing European Distribution System Operators which serve more than 124 million customers in Europe

(Paris, March 4th 2011) – EDSO for Smart Grids welcomes 3 Romanian electricity distribution companies joining the Association and strengthening EDSO representativeness in Eastern Europe. The number of European distribution system operators that have joined the EDSO for Smart Grids Association has increased to 22 leading actors in 14 countries of the European Union. In the coming weeks two additional distribution system operators are expected to join the Association bringing EDSO’s weight to 24 members in 16 countries of the European Union and reaching more than 50% of its electricity metering points. The data have been released following the EDSO for Smart Grids Board of Directors and General Meeting held in Paris on March 4th.

“EDSO for Smart Grids is encountering an unwavering support from major European electricity companies” declared Livio Gallo, chairman of EDSO for Smart Grids, “this is a clear sign that EDSO’s engagement to smart grids development is gaining an ever-increasing recognition”. EDSO for Smart Grids was founded in March 2010 to structure, lead and enhance, not for profit cooperation between European distribution system operators for electricity as well as to assure, manage, represent and promote their common interests, specifically on Smart Grids development and implementation. EDSO for Smart Grids is one of the three industry partners along with the Smart Grids Forum and ENTSO-E invited by the SET-Plan Secretariat of the European Commission to constitute (together with Member States and European Commission) the Electricity Grids EII (European Industrial Initiative) launched in Madrid on June 3rd and 4th.

Full members of the Association are: Cez Distribuce (Czech Republic), Eandis (Belgium), Edp Distribuicao-Energia (Portugal), Endesa Red (Spain), Enel Distribuzione (Italy), Edf Demasz Network Distribution Ltd (Hungary), EnBW Regional Ag (Germany), Enexis (Netherlands), Erdf (France), Evn (Austria), Federutility (Italy), Iberdrola Distribucion Electrica (Spain), Ores (Belgium), Union Fenosa Distribucion- Gas Natural Fenosa (Spain), Hidrocantabrico Distribution Electrica S.A.U. (Spain), Predistribuce A.S. (Czech Republic) S.C. Enel Distributie Muntenia S.A. (Romania), S.C. Enel Distributie Banat S.A (Romania), S.C. Enel Distributie Dobrogea S.A (Romania) and Stredoslovenska Energetica-Distribucia A.S. (Slovak Republic). Associate members are: As Sadales Tikls (Latvia) and Sodo Electricity Distribution System Operator D.O.O –Ltd (Slovenia).

All European distribution system operators (DSOs), especially those who want to actively participate in smart grid pilots, are invited to become members of EDSO for Smart Grids Association. These organizations are welcomed to visit the website www.edsoforsmartgrids.eu and

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