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The Power Distribution System Operator under EU, Belgian and Dutch Law

Book | 1st edition 2023 | Europe | Simon Vanhove
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This book analyses the new and emerging role of the electricity distribution system operator (DSO) in the energy transition. The concept of a neutral market facilitator is introduced to characterise this role. In a world of active customers at the distribution level, the DSO will be a central actor, responsible for facilitating these transactions and entities such as energy sharing, peer-to-peer trading, flexibility ... In addition, the DSO will also increasingly rely on market transactions to purchase technical products and services.

Another major contribution of this book is to advance the concept of private energy law. It thus proposes a different analytical lens than is usually used. From a private law perspective, this approach focuses on the nature of these new transactions and entities. Starting from an analysis of EU energy law, this book examines national implementation in Belgium and the Netherlands. It describes and compares the solutions adopted by each of the Belgian regions (Flanders, Wallonia, Brussels-Capital) and the Netherlands.

Simon Vanhove holds a PhD in law from KU Leuven (2023) and is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher at UGent. He is also a member of the Brussels Bar.

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Type of product Book
Format Hardback
EAN / ISSN 9781839704048
Series name Public Law Collection
Weight 800 g
Status Available
Number of pages xiv + 274 p.
Access to exercice No
Publisher Intersentia
Language English
Publication Date Oct 1, 2023
Available on Jurisquare No
Available on Strada Belgique Yes
Available on Strada Europe No
Available on Strada Luxembourg No


  • Table of contents and preliminary pages
    Simon Vanhove
  • Chapter 1. Introduction, Context and Research Methodology
  • Chapter 2. The distribution system operator (DSO) as a ‘neutral market facilitator’ under EU, Belgian and Dutch law
  • Chapter 3. The Active Customer and the Trend Towards Private Energy Law
  • Chapter 4. DSO Governance in the Energy Transition: Regulatory Sandboxes as Micro-Laboratories
  • Chapter 5. Conclusions and Reflections
  • Selected bibliography