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Improving distribution network regulation for the enhancement of sustainable electricity supply
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ECN Policy Studies 31-8-2007
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-M--07-084 Conference Paper
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Presented at: 9th IAEE European Energy Conference, Florence, Italy, 10-13 juni 2007.

The amount of decentralised electricity generation (DG) connected to distribution networks increases across EU member states. This increasing penetration of DG units poses potential costs and benefits for the owners of the distribution network (DSOs). These DSOs are regulated since the business of electricity distribution is considered to be a natural monopoly. This paper identifies the impact of increasing DG penetration on the DSO business under varying parameters (network characteristics, DG technologies, network management type) and argues that current distribution network regulation needs to be improved in order for the DSOs to continue to facilitate the integration of DG in the network.

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