In 2019, our 'Value of the Grids' report developed jointly with Ernst & Young stressed how much the energy transition relies on an improved functioning of electricity distribution networks. This will require substantial investment, innovation in smart grid technology and new business models.
Beyond this, our priorities included the EU DSO Entity, and deepening of our collaboration with Transmission System Operators (TSOs), particularly with regards to flexibility work stream.
One major institutional dimension we worked on in 2019 is the set up of the EU DSO entity. This new body can be regarded as a game changer for DSOs giving them the a formal role of co-writing network codes together with TSOs as well as other more non-binding deliverables. One of the main deliverables for this year was how to harness flexibility in the power system which will be another key enabler to meet Europe’s long-term decarbonisation goals. Key wants on the way forward on this is now captured in the Active System Management report published in April.