The energy system is experiencing systemic change. Generation is becoming decentralized and decarbonized with increased amounts of volatile renewable energy in the mix. Loads are becoming more flexible and grid operations more digitalized. To adapt and transform, Distribution System Operators (DSOs) require new capabilities to maintain and improve resiliency, flexibility, transparency and security. New solutions that help meeting these challenges are available and the key to unlock them lies in the intelligence at the edge of smart metering infrastructures.
In this round table, we look at what to expect from distribution system operators in the “new energy market.” More specifically, we will discuss market redesign necessitated by rapidly proliferating renewables, changing energy policies, regulation, digitalization and their impact on the existing energy business and technological environment. At the outset, we acknowledge that there are obvious differences among European countries in the number, size and activity profile of DSOs, as well as in the technical characteristics of distribution systems and the challenges facing each network operator. This means that there is no hard and fast model for the role of the DSO and this conversation is intended to cover broad themes rather than the specifics of a particular market.