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Electric Power Distribution in the World: Today and Tomorrow

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  • Sinan Küfeoglu

    (Energy Policy Research Group University of Cambridge)

  • Michael Pollitt

    (Energy Policy Research Group University of Cambridge)

  • Karim Anaya

    (Energy Policy Research Group University of Cambridge)

Abstract

In light of the increasing importance of distributed energy resources (DERs) in the electricity system, there is an ongoing need to understand the current status of electric power distribution across the world. This review paper compiles key information about the distribution systems in 175 countries worldwide. The findings for each country include the number, legal structure and ownership of distribution system operators, the access to electricity they provide, distribution level voltages, electric power frequency and the significance of renewable electricity generation. This study covers 99.4% of the world’s population. As of June 2018, there are around 7600 distribution system operators in these 175 countries. After reviewing today’s distribution system status, this paper also reviews the various discussions and proposals for tomorrow’s electric power distribution. The discussion covers both system operation and market platform roles as well as data management options for DSOs in the near future.
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  • Sinan Küfeoglu & Michael Pollitt & Karim Anaya, 2018. "Electric Power Distribution in the World: Today and Tomorrow," Working Papers EPRG 1826, Energy Policy Research Group, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge.
  • Handle: RePEc:enp:wpaper:eprg1826
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    1. Paul Nillesen & Michael Pollitt, 2011. "Ownership Unbundling in Electricity Distribution: Empirical Evidence from New Zealand," Review of Industrial Organization, Springer;The Industrial Organization Society, vol. 38(1), pages 61-93, January.
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    Keywords

    distribution system operator; DSO; market platform; transmission system operator; TSO;
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    • L94 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Electric Utilities

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