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The Role of DSOs in a Smart Grid Environment

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This study analyses the role and responsibilities of distribution system operators in the future retail market, given developments towards smart grids. According to the authors, smart grids offer opportunities for changing the current energy markets into more efficient and flexible retail markets, which they say will provide opportunities to develop new services and rearrange optimal network management, thereby introducing new actors to the energy system. They claim that new tasks and responsibilities will emerge for existing and new actors and existing ones will change.