The need for innovative DSOs in a decentralised energy system: take part in the discussion!

3 EEF’s Associate Members (EDSO for Smart Grids, EURELECTRIC and GEODE) are organising a half-day conference on 12 April in Brussels to discuss some of the challenges that electricity DSOs are facing at present.

In 2014, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission estimated that distribution system operators (DSOs) had invested 700 million euros in smart grid technology over the past 10 years. Research and demonstration projects are allowing DSOs to become central platforms for the energy transition by connecting responsive consumers, renewables and flexibility sources.

These new technologies imply a revised asset base, operating costs and business models. According to the four European associations representing electricity DSOs (CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids, EURELECTRIC and GEODE), to incentivise such investments and underpin the changing network economics, amendments to the Third Energy Package and national regulation are needed.

The conference will be followed by a networking lunch at the Sheraton Hotel (Place Charles Rogier 3, 1210 Brussels). 

For further information, please check the links below:

EDSO for Smart Grids represents leading Distribution System Operators cooperating to bring Smart Grids from vision to reality.  

EURELECTRIC represents the common interests of the electricity industry at pan-European level. Our work covers all major issues affecting our sector, from electricity generation and markets to distribution networks and customer issues. Our current members represent the electricity industry in over 30 European countries and our well-defined structure of expertise ensures input to our policy positions, statements and in-depth reports from several hundred active experts.

GEODE is made up of European local distributors of gas and electricity companies across Europe. The association represents more than 1200 companies in 15 countries, both privately & publicly owned.