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The role of DSOs in a Smart Grid environment
Published by: Publication date:
ECN Policy Studies 14-7-2014
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-O--14-031 Other
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Smartening of the grid offers opportunities for changing the current energy markets into more efficient and flexible retail markets. This provides possibilities to develop new services and rearrange optimal network management – thereby introducing new actors to the energy system. New tasks and responsibilities will emerge for existing and new actors and existing ones will change. As a consequence, Distribution System Operators (DSOs) are facing several challenges. In this study, we analyse the role of DSOs in the smart grids environment. The main research question to be answered by this study is: What are the roles and responsibilities of DSOs in the future energy retail market given the developments towards smart grids?

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