2030 framework for climate and energy policies – EDSO response to European Commission consultation
EDSO’s members are regulated monopolies with the core mission to guarantee the network stability and security of electricity supply. They are technology-neutral and adapting to the evolution of energy production and consumption.
EDSO for Smart Grids has no specific view on future targets, but encourages policy-makers to apprehend the full extent of their decisions on electricity networks.
The main points highlighted by EDSO are that:
- The increasing capacity of renewables (and most notably solar energy) has a direct impact on the distribution grids. Developping renewable energy sources also requires investing in the electricity network.
- Integrating renewables, limiting greenhouse gas emissions or improving energy efficiency requires research & development. In the case of distribution system operators, which are regulated monopolies, regulators and policy-makers should support the research efforts made.
- To accommodate all these changes, DSOs will have to take on new roles and responsibilities and to be given new tools.
- “Distribution Grids” is a topic on its own, EDSO encourages policy-makers not to dilute it in other topics such as renewables or smart cities.