European DSOs call on EC to revise Third Energy Package

European distribution operators for smart grids calls for overhauling of regulations to boosts the continent's energy market.
EDSO, the European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids, is calling for the overhaul of regulations to manage the continent’s internal electricity and gas markets

The European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) has released its recommendations on the European Commission’s new regulatory framework for energy – the Third Energy Package.

EDSO says there is a need for the EU Commission to revise the Third Energy Package – Europe’s legislative suite for internal electricity and gas markets.

The association has formulated six recommendations that it believes will move renewable energy sources, retail markets, distribution networks and flexibility to centre stage.

Distribution system in Europe

The report states: “For the last few years, distribution system operators (DSOs) have been contributing to the energy transition by connecting wind turbines and photovoltaic systems to their networks, deploying smart meters, facilitating retail markets and cooperating with local authorities.”

EDSO says the transition to a smarter, higher flexibility and decentralised grid system in the region is slow due to limited support by National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) regardless of efforts being implemented by DSOs.

The association suggests that NRAs increase backing of DSOs through a set of guidelines strong enough to impact on the energy system.

The guidelines, however, should still allow member states the option to address national energy needs, says EDSO.

Recommendations EDSO forwarded to the European Commission include:

  • Include in EU legislation new articles allowing DSOs to procure services on local flexibility markets and general principles of congestion management for distribution grids.
  • Entrust DSOs to draft high level guidelines on flexibility through the DSO/TSO platform.
  • Involve DSOs in revising the minimal functional requirements for smart metering.
  • Ensure a timely adoption and implementation of the legislation on network information security and in general data protection.
  • Help NRAs to identify best practices for distribution network tariff design.
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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.