Leading European energy experts participated at the AEEC Conference

E-mobility and integration of renewables as a key challenge for distribution networks

At the event, co-organized by the Associated European Energy Consultants (AEEC) and Slovenian law firm Jadek & Pensa, experts addressed the challenges and changes in the distribution of electricity and gas. Professor Christian Held, President of the AEEC, pointed out that one of the key requirements in the energy world of the future will be greater coordination between distribution system operators (DSOs) and the transmission system operators (TSOs). As one of the main challenges we will face regarding distribution networks in Slovenia, the Director of the Slovenian Energy Agency, MSc Duška Godina pointed out e-mobility and integration of renewables, as well as self-consumption and energy storage.

The Associated European Energy Consultants (AEEC), in cooperation with Slovenian law firm Jadek & Pensa, organized an international AEEC conference on Monday, 15 October, onthe topic of “Distribution networks as key infrastructure for the Energy World of the future”. The event was attended by representatives of the leading energy companies and experts from various European countries, including the representative of the Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators (ACER).

The conference offered valuable insights into the most pressing topics in the field of distribution network operations
Lectures by renowned experts were dedicated to the challenges and changes in the distribution of electricity and gas, but the speakers also spoke about regulation of the network charge in Europe, e-mobility and personal data protection. Professor Christian Held, president of AEEC and partner at Becker Büttner Held (BBH), the leading German law firm in energy law, commended the conference in Ljubljana, as it offered a great deal of knowledge on some of the hottest topics related to distribution systems and their operation. He noted that greater coordination between DSOs and TSOs in the field of network operation will be one of the key requirements in the energy world of the future. It was encouraging for him to hear that the ACER welcomes DSOs to provide with suggestions on how to strengthen the cooperation between DSOs.

The conference was attended by the Director of the Agency for Energy Msc. Duška Godina
She emphasized two of the main challenges we will facein terms of distribution networksare not only e-mobility and integration of renewables, but also self-consumption and energy storage.Establishing an appropriate incentive scheme and tariff policy will be the key in stimulating cost-effective investments in future distribution networks. DSOs, on the other hand, will have to act as neutral market facilitators and enable the development of new market-based services to consumers by third parties, while also taking care of cyber-security and personal data protection.

Jure Levovnik, partner leading the energy practice at Jadek & Pensa, added that they at Jadek & Pensa are proud to have co-organized such an important event in the year the law office celebrates 60th anniversary. They strive to be leaders in the Slovenian market in the field of energy law and new technologies, as these areas are the driving force of the energy world of the future in which DSOs will play a crucial role.

Nejc Horvat

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