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Electricity distribution networks: Changing regulatory approaches

Increasing the penetration of distributed generation and smart grid technologies requires substantial investments. A study proposes an innovative approach that combines four regulatory tools to provide economic incentives for distribution system operators to facilitate these innovative practices.

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Figure 1: The ex ante regulatory process (top) represents the activities necessary to define the evolution of the network costs and expenditure over the upcoming regulatory period.

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Cambini, C. Electricity distribution networks: Changing regulatory approaches. Nat Energy 1, 16139 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nenergy.2016.139

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