Distribution Network Research

Enabling distribution network companies, regulators and electricity OEMs to make better decisions at the network level in the context of the energy transition

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"The role of electricity and gas distribution networks is evolving fast as the energy transition gathers pace. As we move to a more distributed and electrified energy system, distribution networks are moving more and more into the spotlight.

Distribution networks have growing interfaces with customers and distributed assets, the transmission system, and even electricity markets.

Technical advances are unlocking a wave of new network services and solutions; all at a time when there are decreasing numbers of engineers in many countries."
Arthur Jouannic, Distribution Networks expert
  • What are other DSOs doing across Europe and beyond, and what we can learn from them?
  • What are the most promising innovations for networks in terms of hardware, software, platforms and data analytics?
  • How are these innovations being trialled and scaled up?
  • How can DSOs / DNOs best interface with customers and their increasingly distributed assets, while also managing the interface with the transmission system?
  • How will the regulatory environment for networks evolve as the energy transition gathers pace?

Delta-EE's Distribution Network Service looks across Europe and beyond, identifying and investigating key issues, and synthesising best practice for the role that network companies can and need to play in the energy transition.

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Recently published reports

How are residential network tariffs evolving?
Tariffs are one of the three tools that distribution network companies can use to influence the timing of demand – alongside flexibility markets and direct load control. This report explores the different ways that residential electricity distribution network tariff are evolving across Europe. It analyses the variety of tariffs being used today, as well as what is planned in the next years.
Flexibility platforms for DSOs
This report analyses the current status of flexibility platforms for DSOs in Europe, segmenting active platforms and comparing them, while also giving a view on the future trends for the development of this particular market.
Renewable energy integration into distribution networks
This report explores the challenges and innovative solutions associated with the integration of renewable generation in distribution networks. It focuses on solutions currently deployed or trialled in two of the leading countries in the energy transition in Europe, the Netherlands and the UK.
Network tariffs for local energy systems
This viewpoint explores the approaches to implement Energy Communities in Europe and how they might challenge and offer new opportunities to the DSOs. It also provides case studies focusing on the network charges within those different approaches.