DSOs are facing challenges “as they explore ways to expand their role”.
GEODE held its Autumn Seminar on 27/11 in Barcelona discussing efficient energy markets and the role of local energy companies play therein. Mr Christopher Jones, Deputy Director-General for Energy at the European Commission announced this would be "the decade of the DSO" and that "the DSOs have not yet found their place in terms of the strength of their voice and influence that they so obviously merit and need.” Enhancing retail competition, ensuring investments in smart grids and smart meters, guaranteeing transparency and establishing good demand response options are all issues the DSOs will have to tackle as they set themselves up in their new roles, Europolitics reported last Friday, 28/11.
EC Communication on the Internal Energy Market published!
On 13 October 2014, the European Commission adopted its progress report on the Internal Energy Market as a major step towards completing the IEM. The report shows the main achievements and challenges as well as reports on the trends and developments of the developing EU Energy Markets. It also highlights the fact that in order to reap full benefits more investment is needed in strategic cross-border infrastructure, and developing smart grids for electricity. DSOs are mentioned in chapter 3.2.3. in the context of flexibilitiy, intelligent investments, adequate incentives through tariff regulation and data management.
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.
GEODE Report "Gas works. The future of gas distribution networks - delivering gas to consumers"
GEODE has produced this report" Gas works. The Future Role of Gas Distribution Networks. Delivering Gas to Consumers" to demonstrate the central role the gas Distribution System Operators (DSOs) have to play in the design of the energy market of the future. GEODE’s report shows how the traditional role of the gas DSO is changing as DSOs move from being only gas transporters distributing gas efficiently and safely to the consumers to providing innovative services to consumers and enabling interoperable solutions to market participants. The DSO has a key role to play through its operational activities to ensure it meets the needs of gas suppliers and their customers.