Energy Union Package released!
Creating a European Energy Union is one of President Juncker's political priorities. At the same time, EU leaders have also agreed on new targets for energy and climate for 2030, and geopolitical events are taking place that highlight the precariousness of Europe's dependency on external oil and gas supplies. Three factors - the new Commission, geopolitics and the 2030 targets - mean the time is ripe for Energy Union. Therefore the European Commission released the Energy Union Communication on 25 February laying out the energy policy framework for the upcoming 5 years and beyond. Together with this document, 2 more Communications were published: one on the "Road to Paris" and one on achieving the 10% interconnection target.
5 Recommendations handed over to Commissioner Cañete at Joint DSO Conference!
The 4 Brussels-based DSO Associations GEODE, CEDEC, EDSO and Eurelectric DSO Committee held for the first time ever a joint conference "The Future is distributed: a DSO Perspective" on 19 February and handed over to the Energy and Climate Action Commissioner Arias Cañete an open letter with these five recommendations: 1) Reach the 2030 targets through smarter grids 2) Acknowledge the role of the DSO and support an expanded tool box 3) Take advantage of the Third Package provisions and go for implementations with no delay 4) The Internal Energy Market requires common principles for DSOs while respecting subsidiarity 5) Reach the 2020 and 2030 targets through a sound investment framework!
Expert Group 3 Report on Flexibility with 14 Recommendations!
End of January, the Steering Committee of the EC Task Force on the Implementation of Smart Grids approved the Expert Group 3 report containing 14 regulatory recommendations on the deployment of flexibility.
GEODE Press Release on the Energy Union Communication
GEODE welcomes the EC Communication on Energy Union released yesterday, setting the framework for a "resilient Energy Union with an ambitious climate policy" that "puts European citizens – households and businesses - first". The message provided by the Commission shows the veritable intention to achieve the Energy Union through 15 concrete action points.
The Communication calls for a fundamental transformation of Europe’s energy system. One of the main drivers is the increasing broad range of distributed energy resources (DER) which are mostly connected to distribution grids that will develop more and more decentralized energy markets, with new tasks and opportunities for DSOs.
GEODE Report "Flexibility in tomorrow's energy system - DSOs' approach"
The European Union faces the need for a major change in the way it generates, distributes and consumers electrical energy. GEODE’s new report ” Flexibility in Tomorrow’s Energy System – DSOs’ Approach” focuses on an important part of this process as the ability to deliver greater flexibility through smarter networks that will be vital to the success of the DSOs in the coming years. GEODE’s report shows what can be achieved through greater Demand Side Flexibility in the system and how it can really benefit DSOs and most importantly customers. The paper also highlights the importance of DSOs’ and regulatory authorities’ more active engagement with customers to increase the understanding and build trust in the technology, which will ultimately be key to its success.
Smart Rural Grid Project - After 1 Year!
The Smart Rural Grid is a new multi-national R&D project funded by the European Commission that addresses the specific challenges related to grid operations and grid management in rural areas with a special focus on exploring the convergence between electricity and telecom networks. The DSO and GEODE Member Estabanell Energia S.A. took the lead in this project wtih the DSO and GEODE Member Stadtwerke Rosenheim partnering. Here's the newsletter that marks the end of year 1 of the initiative, with information on the state of play, the progress achieved, the people involved and the next steps.
GEODE Spring Seminar - Brussels, 7 May 2015
"DSOs working closer to the customer"
GEODE Workshop on Smart Grid Projects across Europe
Brussels, 6 May 2015
More information available soon!
DSO - TSO Workshop
Brussels, 17&18 March 2015
GEODE Working Groups
SMART GRIDS, Helsinki, 19 March 2015
GEODE Board Meeting
Vienna, 10 April 2015