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Recommendations for institutional policy and network regulatory frameworks towards distributed generation in EU Member States
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 1-1-2005
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-C--05-005 ECN publication
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This report presents recommendations regarding the development of regulatory frameworks and institutional policies towards an optimal integration of distributed generation into electricity networks. These recommendations are based on findings from a benchmarking study conducted in the framework of the ENIRDG-net project.


The aim of the benchmarking exercise was to identify examples of well-defined pro-DG policies, with clear targets and adequate implementation mechanisms. In this study an adequate pro-DG policy is defined on the basis of a level playing field, a situation where distributed and centralised generation receive equal incentives and have equal access to the liberalised markets for electricity.


The benchmark study includes the results of a similar study conducted in the framework of the SUSTELNET project. When comparing the results a certain discrepancy can be noticed between the actual regulation and policy in a number of countries, the medium to long-term targets and the ideal situation described by the level playing field objective. To overcome this discrepancy, a number of recommendations have been drafted for future policy and regulation towards distributed generation.

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