News brief of 14.11.2016

News from the Greek energy market:

By its decision No. 417/2016, RAE concluded on the launching of a pilot competitive bidding process for the selection of photovoltaic installations eligible for support in the form of operating aid in line with the provisions in L. 4414/2016.
This auction will be carried out in December 12, 2016 and the lowest bidders will be announced on that same day (Α1).

European news:

At the same time that the Commission is preparing a legislative initiative for the end of this year, known as Winter Package, Eurelectric is holding a conference in Brussels, on November 7, 2016, themed: "Winter Package impact on DSOs". Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director, DG Energy, European Commission, present at the event, stressed that the Commission recognises the new important role DSOs have to play in the European energy system and supports DSOs in whatever way is appropriate given the increasing relevance of DSO matters in the EU-wide policy.

Eurelectric, for its part, emphasised the need for innovation incentives in DSO regulatory frameworks, as the results of a survey carried out by Eurelectric itself show great potential for improving the regulatory incentives. This survey also shows that there is a positive correlation between regulatory incentives and the availability of specific mechanisms that incentivise innovation. As regards EV infrastructure, the limited availability of charging infrastructure as well as the lack of adequate business and financing models is thought to be one of the biggest obstacles to the further adoption of electrical vehicles by customers. Tony Hearne, Member of EURELECTRIC WG Active Distribution System Management, outlined a 5-step procedure for procuring flexibility services by DSOs and a programme of longer-term work on platforms for flexibility markets.

As an end note at the event, Eurelectric, together with the other DSO associations (CEDEC, EDSO for Smart Grids & GEODE) are aligning their forces and a recent example of our fruitful cooperation is the Committee on Flexibility Markets that we have jointly created. We expect that our cooperation makes further constructive contributions towards the Commission’s intentions regarding a Europe-wide DSO entity (Β1).

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