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Open Access Formal and legal conditions of Smart Grid deployment

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This article presents an overview of the formal and legal issues arising from EU policies and national regulations affecting the capacity to implement Smart Grid solutions. EU legislation currently imposes on the Member States no obligation to apply any mechanisms to support implementation of Smart Grid solutions in the power sector. Directives call for the introduction of such national regulations that promote improved security and reliability of energy supply, development and integration of renewable and distributed energy resources with the power system, and development of the energy market to allow customers to respond to market incentives and to rationally change their behaviours as regards energy use. Not all of the obligations and recommendations have been fully transferred into the national legislation. However, directions of the Polish energy policy are in line with European trends and clearly indicate Smart Grids as one of the remedies to the challenges that the National Power System will have to cope with in the long term. Therefore, some significant legislative changes regarding the power sector should be expected in the near future.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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