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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
Distribution System Operators (DSOs) have traditionally been companies distributing energy whose role has evolved and diversified along with the transition towards a cleaner electricity system, making them a key instrument to reach the EU commitment to climate neutrality by 2050.
The study recently published by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) presents insights about the big DSOs in Europe (those serving more than 100 000 customers) through different metrics and indexes, based on a survey conducted by the JRC over the summer 2020.
The study includes technical figures that confirm the increasing role of DSOs as innovators and enablers of Smart Grid features, like remote grid management and monitoring, customers interacting with the DSO, etc.
Main policy recommendations to help DSOs being one of the main drivers of the European Green Deal and help the transition towards a CO2-neutral continent. The study recommends the following measures: