1st conference (2021)

Global electricity distribution operators (DSOs) gathered on 26-27 January 2021 in the first sectoral initiative focused on their contribution to worldwide decarbonisation efforts. Focused on “DSOs boosting the global Energy Transition – Investments and resilience in the Covid-19 aftermath”, this first edition brought together global peers from both hemispheres to have a diversified and lively exchanging of experience and knowledge about DSOs challenges from different perspectives.

The roles and responsibilities of DSOs across the globe are rapidly evolving to deliver, and even accelerate, the energy transition. Against this backdrop, the key aspects of a successful transformation are the uptake of digital solutions, the deployment of resilient infrastructure and the re-training of personnel, as well as the implementation of an ambitious regulatory environment.

A poll was run among participants during the two sessions of the event. We asked to identify the 3 most relevant areas to be considered as priorities for current DSOs’ business in their company/group, and after this, select the 3 key factors that will, in their opinion affect and influence the evolution of distribution systems in the next 10 years.  

The current perception was that flexibility and RES integration into distribution grids along with enhanced digitalisation were the key aspects to determine current strategies and priorities. These two items were followed by the necessity to engage the customers and offer new services and, especially among the North American operators, by strong resilience capabilities and climate change impacts awareness. 

The perception of what lays ahead depicted a scenario globally valid that assigns equal weight and strategic importance to enhanced digitalisation, resilience ability and climate change challenges awareness and flexibility and integration of renewables. 

You can download the documents here and watch again the 2 sessions from the first event: