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Can local energy communities and DSO flexibility co-exist?

These are two hot topics that have currently been making headlines across the industry. Let’s take a closer look.

‘DSO flexibility’ refers to the specific value products created by DSOs to incentivise flexibility providers to offer demand-side flexibility services. These services are used to help manage network constraints and/or maintain security of supply. The ‘flexibility’ referred to is the explicit call for demand turn down or generation turn up on the customer side of the meter.

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How quickly will demand side flexibility become business as usual for European DSOs?

In late 2019 we completed a major study into the market status, challenges and lessons learnt for European Distribution System Operators (DSOs) using demand side flexibility to manage their networks.

The study identified that the UK is the leading market in Europe – and probably the world - in terms of DSOs utilising demand side flexibility, with the Netherlands quite close behind. In most other countries, projects have not moved beyond pilots or trials.

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