EDSO for Smart Grids elects Enedis exec as new chairman

European organisation for distribution system operators elects new head to continue focus on digitalisation and innovation.
Published: Thu 06 Jul 2017

The European Distribution System Operators for Smart Grids (EDSO) board of directors has elected Christian Buchel, EDSO’s Vice-Chairman and Chair of the Policy Committee, as the new Chairman of the association.

The newly elected chairperson has highlighted the EDSO’s key priorities as digitalisation and innovation, as well as the EU-DSO Entity.

In June 2017 EDSO submitted a proposal to the European Commission that it drives the establishment of an ‘EU-DSO entity’. This was in response to the commission’s call last year for an organisation to establish a European Union-wide entity that will play a key role in the transformation of the electricity market.

Creating a smarter European power system

An engineer of Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité (Supélec), Christian Buchel is currently Deputy CEO and Chief Digital & International Officer (CDIO) of France’s largest DSO Enedis, one of a number of senior management positions he has held within the EDF Group.

He has also been a Member of the Board and COO of Energie Baden-Württemberg (EnBW) in Germany as well as CEO of Electricité de Strasbourg. In the late 1990s, Christian Buchel also served as advisor to EDF’s CEO.

His election took place as João Torres, who was chairing EDSO since 2013, announced he was stepping down from his position to take on new challenges within his current activities at EDP Distribuição of Portugal. Torres will remain active in EDSO’s membership in the position of Vice-Chairman.

EDSO and ENTSO-E are committed to conducting regular exchanges as the Clean Energy for All Europeans package deems an enhanced DSO/TSO Cooperation as instrumental to the smartening of the European power system.