European Commission 1st State of the Energy Union
On 18 November 2015, the European Commission published 1st State of the Energy Union Communiciation. The Communication analyzes the progress made over the last nine months since the Energy Union Framework Strategy has been adopted, and furthermore identifies key action areas for 2016 and provides policy conclusions at Member State, regional and European level. The State of the Energy Union is also accompanied by 28 fact sheets providing an assessment of delivering the Energy Union for each Member State.
EC Smart Grid Task Force - Expert Group 3 Refinement of Recommendations approved
The Annex to the EG3 Report with the "Refinement of EG 3 recommendations" has been approved. Following the consensus achieved – in the intitial EG3 report 'Regulatory Recommendations for the Deployment of Flexibility' that was developed during 2014 - EG3 decided in early 2015 to launch an additional stream of work and to refine these recommendations which are important for achieving a level playing field for demand side participation in the market, but also in order to incentivise different actors to get involved.
Report on the Future of DSOs!
The Vlerick Energy Center (www.vlerick.com) has published an interesting read about the "Future of Distribution Systems Operators in Europe's Energy Sector" - summarizing results from surveys and research conducted by the research center - which are showing that top executives from DSOs across Europe expect significant changes in their role and business environment as decentralised and renewable electricity generation as well as customers becoming both consumers and self-suppliers will change the power sector like never before.
GEODE says YES to an ambitious global agreement at COP21 in Paris
On Friday, 20 November 2015, a joint letter of European power sector including 4 DSOs associations and ENTSO-E has been sent to the Executive Secretary, Mrs Figueres, and to the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; copied to Mr Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President for the Energy Union, European Commission and Mr Arias Cañete, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, European Commission. It urges them to agree on a strong climate agenda which is the very condition for a future-proof and ambitious regulatory framework able to drive the necessary public and private investment in the power sector to effectively and rapidly fight climate change.
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General guidelines for a reinforced cooperation between electricity distribution and transmission
The European associations of distribution (DSOs) and transmission system operators (TSOs) published on 9 November a set of general guidelines on how to reinforce cooperation across the two categories of power networks. TSO/DSO cooperation is becoming acutely important as the European electricity system moves towards a more renewables-based system, decentralised generation and the involvement of increasingly active customers. The general guidelines released today set the basis for ongoing and the future cooperation between TSOs and DSOs on data management, active/reactive power management, and coordinated network development planning.
GEODE Leaflet "DSOs working closer to the Customer"
The new GEODE Leaflet is a useful and compact marketing tool presenting the vital role of electricity and gas distribution grids for the energy system and hence for society as such - in particular in a smart grids environment. It also shows how local energy distributors are best positioned to cover local needs working closer to the customer. European gas and electricity networks will not become smart and the energy transition will not happen without energy distributors’ involvement!
No Future Events in 2015
GEODE Working Groups
SMART GRIDS, Vienna, 15 December 2015
GEODE Board Meeting
Brussels, 4 December 2015