Draft programme CEER Training on DSOs and DSO-TSO Cooperation 2018


There are significant changes happening at distribution level in both gas and electricity in Europe such that the traditionally passive role of the DSO is increasingly no longer the case. DSOs are also looking to enter into new activity areas and regulators will need to understand those areas and consider where regulation might be necessary. Regulators have a role in ensuring that DSO-TSO cooperation evolves in a beneficial way for energy markets and ultimately for consumers. Governance of how DSOs and TSOs interact and engage in network planning, as well as arrangements to facilitate effective coordination for system operation, including for flexibility, are the key regulatory concerns in this area.

Designed for: 

Level A: Overview Course

Experts from National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs) who want to improve their knowledge and exchange experiences on the regulation of DSOs in the new environment and governance of DSO-TSO cooperation. Other experts from European Institutions (ACER, European Commission) are also invited to attend. 

Programme overview:

  • Address the emerging and changing roles of DSOs, including their new roles proposed in the EU Clean Energy Package, their potential new activities and the regulatory oversight framework at the European and national level

  • Discuss case study of regulatory approach to encourage DSOs' innovation and improved system flexibility

  • Examine the key aspects and challenges of the DSO-TSO relationship and practical approach to deal with those challenges

  • Explore the practical experience on regulatory approaches to ensure proper governance of how DSOs and TSOs interact and engage in network planning and system operation, balance between European and national regulation, local specificities and a whole-system approach   

Course Advisor: Prof. Tomás Gómez, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Member of CEER Training Academy Advisory Board