European grid operators unveil Stakeholders and Innovation Council

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The European Distribution System Operators’ Association for Smart Grids has launched its Stakeholders and Innovation Council to help grid operators and energy stakeholders design and implement new business models.

The aim is to help the industry address challenges associated with the adoption of emerging technologies under efforts to meet customer demands, reduce operational costs and to meet environmental regulations.

The Council will unite the academia, regulatory authorities, technology vendors and financial institutions to:

  • Provide advice and inspiration to E.DSO
  • Bring views outside-in, sharing new visions on industry and technology in transition
  • Reflect on possible and forward looking DSOs and E.DSO strategies

 The Stakeholders and Innovation Council will look at four key areas including;

1.  Futurability: Involves looking at the interconnection between electrification, technology and sustainable resources, local energy communities, culture preference, stakeholder participation and legislative frameworks in the energy transition.

2. Grid edge transformation: Analyses how increased penetration of distributed resources and digitisation is transforming the grid.

3. Innovative grid resilience: This will involve coming up with solutions to address growing market disruptive dynamics, cybersecurity, large scale social events, climate change and natural phenomena.

4. Evolutionary customers and DSOs: The focus is on new customers’ expectations and the impact on DSO models’ evolution.

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Nicholas Nhede
Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.