8 February 2018
Renewable energy technologies are transforming the way we produce and use energy. The share of distributed energy sources is rapidly increasing, thereby requiring all stakeholders to revisit the approach to network planning and operation of the electricity system.
Due to increasing retail electricity prices and decreasing technology costs, distributed generation is becoming more and more attractive for consumers, which can now choose to produce part of the electricity for their own needs instead of purchasing it from a supplier. Moreover, self-consumption is an additional tool to meet renewable energy targets, reduce network losses and peak loads, increase energy efficiency, improve demand response and contribute to CO2 emissions reduction.
Nevertheless, most countries lack comprehensive legislation in relation to small scale renewable installations for self-consumption purposes. The Policy Guidelines, published by the Secretariat today, aim to provide the basis for establishment of the missing legal and regulatory framework in these countries.
The Guidelines provide a set of recommendations of good practice for all important aspects that have to be considered to make self-consumption schemes fully operative in Energy Community Contracting Parties. They are a product of an initiative of ECDSO-E, an informal group bringing together Energy Community Distribution System Operators.
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