The European associations, CEDEC, EDSO, eurelectric, Eurogas and GEODE, representing electricity and gas distribution system operators (DSOs) joined forces at an event focused on resolving the issue of flexibility in the energy transition.
In the two reports entitled ‘Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Electricity DSOs’ and ‘Flexibility in the Energy Transition: a Toolbox for Gas DSOs’, the associations advocate for “a holistic approach for DSOs use of flexibility to assist them contribute to the transition to a more decarbonised, decentralised and digitised energy system”. Furthermore, “the reports present practical solutions to enable DSOs to use flexibility as a tool to operate their grids in a more cost-efficient way”.
Additionally, according to the DSO associations “flexibility is needed both on the generation and on the demand side. In order to benefit from the storage capabilities of natural and renewables gas it is important that the electricity and gas sectors cooperate in order to develop integrated solutions, such as power-to-gas”.
When it comes to electricity, the four DSO associations give ten main recommendations to policymakers and regulators amongst them are: (i) “ensure that DSOs, as neutral market facilitators, are able to oversee, utilise and coordinate the impacts of flexibility operations on their networks; (ii) allow DSOs to use flexibility to manage their network and to optimise their capacity within which the market can function; (iii) incentivise DSOs to use flexibility for congestion management, where it is cost-effective to do so; (iv) enable DSOs to choose the best and most cost-efficient technology to operate the distribution system; (v) support the development of new distribution network tariff structures that are cost-reflective; (vi) prevent the double use of flexibility resources when used for congestion management in distribution network; and (vii) the implementation of the data exchange and data format between the DSO, the TSO and significant distribution connected customers should be agreed upon by both the DSOs and TSOs”.