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S1009 - CEER consultation on the future role of Electricity Distribution System Operators (DSOs)


The Future Role of Distribution System Operators (DSOs)” IET submission to the Council of European Energy Regulators


Distribution System Operators (DSOs) play an important role in a well-functioning European Internal Energy Market (IEM). They broadly equate to the Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) in the GB system, which on privatisation were divided into 14 licence areas.

DSOs are responsible for secure system operation but are also a market facilitator. In the coming years, there will be new opportunities for DSOs to deliver benefits to energy consumers, the national electricity system operator, and the energy sector in general. Retail liberalisation and smart metering leading to increasing customer participation, coupled with distributed electricity generation, energy storage, and an expanding range of smart technologies, have meant that the role and culture of DSOs has changed over the last decade and will continue to change.

The CEER consultation paper considered different regulatory tools to reflect the current differences in DSOs activity profiles, unbundling and structural and technical issues, and did not seek to impose a single regulatory solution for DSOs across Europe. The IET’s response draws out the key issues from a GB perspective as the system is adapted to deliver low carbon energy.

Submission Details Submitted on 25 February 2015 to Council of European Energy Regulators

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