C14-PC-78: CEER Public Consultation on the Future Role of the DSO

18/12/2014 - 27/02/2015


CEER Public consultation on the future role of the DSO

The role of the Distribution System Operator(s) (DSO) has traditionally been well understood and defined. 

Distribution system operators (DSOs) play an important role in a well functioning IEM. The DSOs are responsible for secure system operation but are also a market facilitator. In the coming years, there will be new opportunities for DSOs to deliver benefits to energy consumers and the energy sector in general. Retail liberalisation, demand-side response arrangements, new technology, and distributed electricity generation as well as gas distributed injection have meant that the role and culture of DSOs has changed over the last decade and will continue to change.

This CEER consultation paper considers different regulatory tools to reflect the current differences in DSOs activity profiles, unbundling and structural and technical issues, and does not seek to impose a single regulatory solution for DSOs across Europe.

The deadline for responses was on 27 February 2015.

Consultation Documents

CEER Public Consultation on the Future Role of DSOs
Ref. C14-DSO-09-03
Public Consultation Document

This document is intended for information only. Please use the dedicated online questionnaire to provide us with your response.

Online questionnaire instructions

CEER Public Consultation Guidelines

The future role of the DSO - A CEER conclusions paper
This document presents CEER’s conclusions arising from our consultation on the future role of Distribution System Operators as well as our reflections on the 108 consultation responses and helpful input received at the CEER DSO workshop on the 30 March 2015. The document also includes discussion on areas whether further regulatory work is required.

Responses Received

Public Hearing

The CEER's Public Hearing on “the Future Role of the DSO" to complement this public consultation will take place at the CEER offices, in Brussels (Cours Saint Michel 30a, 1040 Brussels) on 30 March 2015.

To register please click here.