Smart Grid Flexibility 2019 Blog

Smart Grid Flexibility 2019 Blog

Local Energy Communities – Case Study from ORES, Belgium

Localization of energy has the potential to alleviate some of the serious balancing and congestion risks posed by the ever-increasing proliferation of DERs. By reducing the distance between supply and consumption, costs and congestion associated with long-distance transport of energy can be avoided, and self-sufficient end-users can reduce their costs and carbon footprint.

But this must be done whilst maintaining users’ freedom of choice, and without risking the stability of the grid or adding significant costs from the separate administration of 100s or 1000s of energy communities. Local energy communities would also need to be equipped with technology to manage their energy systems in real-time, disconnecting from the distribution network when possible and effectively balancing power in islanded mode, as well as providing services back to the grid in times of surplus.

At ORES, one of Belgium’s DSOs, a project has been ongoing for several years to establish the best mechanisms and solutions for the local exchange of energy. David Vangulick, Head of Long-Term Planning at ORES, will be joining us at Smart Grid Flexibility 2019 to present on the project. We caught up with him this week to find out more ahead of his presentation:

“In a context of ecological transition, collective self-consumption and energy communities now appear as a significant development in the energy market. The definition of collective self-consumption is an operation to share, within the same geographically defined area, via the public distribution or local transmission network, electricity produced from renewable energy sources or cogeneration quality, between one or more producers and one or more end customers.

The process always involves the public network – no private cables between neighbours or closed micro-grids – which has the double advantage of not having to invest in new infrastructure and can maintain a collective energy distribution system.

ORES, the main DSO of Belgium’s southern region, has been preparing for several years an innovative life-size test in the business park of Tournai Ouest: The “E-Cloud” project. The demonstration phase started 1st July 2019. Electrical needs and local renewable production flows (wind and photovoltaic) are aggregated with one objective: to promote collective self-consumption. Companies participating in the “E-Cloud” are encouraged to consume green electricity produced on-site through two distinct network tariffs: a specific and advantageous tariff for electricity from renewable and local sources, and a standard tariff for electricity withdrawn from their supplier (for which each consumer still has their freedom of choice).

Communication is a key element of the concept. By being systematically informed about the prospects of local production the next day, companies have the opportunity to be proactive in their energy management through the adaptation of their level of self-consumption of electricity. 

ORES, as Distribution Network Manager and Market Facilitator, organizes the data exchange between the participants of this local energy community. The project also makes it possible to accommodate more new renewable productions on the distribution network in an efficient way, precisely thanks to the collective self-consumption. The results of these tests are expected for the second quarter of 2020, with already in the line of sight, savings on the total energy bill of the participants of the order of 8-14%. We will be more than happy to share more information and interim results during the conference.”

At Smart Grid Flexibility 2019, there will be 14+ Utility Case-Study Speakers Including:

  • Ricardo Perez, Head of Technology Portfolio and Sustainable Project Development – Enel Global Infrastructure & Networks
  • Yvonne Ruwaida, Business Strategist– Vattenfall Eldistribution
  • Colm Murphy, Head of Electricity Market Change Delivery – National Grid ESO
  • Andreas John, Head of System Management at 50 Hertz – Elia Group
  • Jean-Philippe Poirrier, Assistant Director, Smart Grid Solutions Industrialization Program – Enedis
  • Frans Campfens, Principal Consultant Energy Consulting – Qirion (Alliander)
  • Rune Hogga, Chairman of the Board at NODES & CEO – Agder Energi Fleksibilitet
  • Jozef Huyck, Head of Asset Planning & Network Development – Fluvius
  • Pieter Vanbaelen, Product Manager Ancillary Services – Elia  
  • Fabio Giammanco, Head of Smart Grid Devices – Enel Global Infrastructure & Networks
  • Steve Atkins, DSO Transition Manager – SSE Networks
  • David Vangulick, Head of Long-Term Planning – ORES

Why Attend?

TSO/DSO Case-Study Agenda – Europe’s leading smart grid utilities will be sharing practical insights from their cutting-edge flexibility projects, detailing the choices they’ve made, the results they’ve delivered, and the lessons they’ve learnt. Our audience-led agenda ensures all the key topics are comprehensively addressed and you will leave the conference with all the information you need to fast-track your projects and deliver energy system flexibility in the necessary timelines.

Networking & Knowledge-Sharing – Shape the future of the power system by forging new connections at the evening networking reception and get to the heart of the issue in roundtable discussions focussed on specific technical challenges. With a highly targeted audience of TSO and DSO flexibility experts, there will be no shortage of opportunities to exchange in-depth knowledge and experiences with like-minded peers.

Technology Scouting – With a whole conference day focussed on innovative technologies such as EV, blockchain and power-to-gas, a focussed exhibition of 10+ key suppliers as well as a technology innovation panel, this conference will provide you with a thorough overview of the latest flexibility solutions on the market. If you’re looking for new solutions to the numerous challenges of energy system flexibility, look no further than this event!

Register by Friday 30th August to save €200 on delegate places and €1,000 on exhibition spaces!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor: 

Call: +44 (0)20 3691 1700

Email: registration@smartgrid-forums.com

Visit: Smart Grid Flexibility 2019 

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019.


Active Network Management – Smart Grid Flexibility

System operation has always been a key pillar of a stable energy system; balancing load with supply, maintaining a stable frequency and managing congestion at critical chokepoints, all in the name of keeping the lights on. Traditionally, the TSO has borne the brunt of this responsibility, however, as the pace of DER uptake accelerates, things are changing.

Consumers are becoming prosumers, electricity is increasingly being used for transport and heating and the stabilizing effects of large-scale, conventional generation are being lost in favour of cleaner, but more volatile renewable resources. All of this adds up to significantly change the operational conditions seen on distribution grids, rendering the principles upon which they were designed obsolete and their fitness-for-purpose seriously in doubt.

It is for this reason that distribution operators across Europe are seeking a system operation role of their own, ensuring the stability of their grids by actively managing them in real-time. This is commonly known as Active Network Management or Active System Management, and DSOs across Europe are in the process of developing this capability. Transforming from a company that provides connections to end-users, to a company which also manages a complex energy system is no easy task, and DSOs have a great deal of work to do to prepare themselves for taking a more active role.

The first step is to improve the visibility of their low voltage networks. Building the business case for this is challenging, as low voltage networks feature higher volumes of lower value assets. However, DERs are increasingly being connected to the low-voltage network, and having an accurate understanding of the conditions is essential for properly managing the resulting power flows. Utilities must therefore maximize utilization of existing and incoming infrastructure, including smart meters and AMI, and use intelligent methods such as state estimation to minimize the number of extra devices they must install.

Once the DSO has access to the necessary range of data, they must develop an accurate model of their network, taking into account the capacity of each circuit and the optimum values for voltage, reactive power and other key performance characteristics in order to maintain an adequate quality of supply. When this is combined with analytical models based on operational data and forecasts around DER production and end-user consumption, optimization algorithms can be run to determine where production must be increased or decreased and where flexibility is required.

This leads to the final challenge – establishing secure and reliable communications with DERs and flexible assets in order to manage their output in real-time. There are several ways to achieve this, ranging from integration with SCADA systems, to the use of bi-directional smart meters, and DSOs must make sensible choices which align with their overall strategies and take into account the wider implications of the technology to their business.

So where is Active Network Management being trialled? There are several examples of successful and ongoing pilot projects in Europe:

These are just some examples – every DSO in Europe is highly focussed on achieving this capability, and all companies will have ongoing projects investigating active network management.

At Smart Grid Flexibility 2019, taking place in London 1-3rd October, two of Europe’s leading DSOs, Enel and Alliander, will be presenting about their active network management projects, the choices they’ve made and the lessons they’ve learnt. For those focussed on developing these capabilities within their own organizations, this is an unmissable opportunity to hear from the pioneers and feedback crucial information to projects.


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As the energy system undergoes fundamental changes to fast-track the integration of renewable energy sources, the market which underpins the system must also evolve to reflect this. But driving forward fundamental changes to such a complex and critical system, encompassing such a wide range of different actors, is a very risky business.

It is unsurprising therefore, that several important questions remain answered regarding future markets: What will be the roles of the TSO and DSO? How will balancing markets operate effectively without centralized generation? How can flexibility be incentivized by new market and tariff structures? How can markets support localization of energy without risking grid defection?

The answers to these questions, however, will have a large say in how TSOs and DSOs will adapt their organizations to support the energy transition, and the sooner the answers are clear, the sooner they can decisively act.

At Smart Grid Flexibility 2019, the Future Markets Panel will bring together expert representatives from a range of energy system actors to establish a clear path forward for energy markets in Europe and provide clarity to TSOs and DSOs on the best ways to prepare. This week we caught up with Colm Murphy, from National Grid ESO, who has been leading the development of new market mechanisms in the UK. He gave us a sneak preview ahead of his presentation on the panel:

“As the energy system evolves, huge challenges for the infrastructure and security of energy supplies will arise, and we, as Great Britain’s Electricity System Operator, will need to evolve to meet these challenges. 

A smart, flexible system that makes the best use of all the energy resources available will enable us to meet our customers’ needs in a balanced, efficient and economical way.

Our aim is to create balancing services markets that meet changing system needs, and in which all technology types can compete on a level playing field. There are several ways National Grid ESO are working to achieve this. Firstly, we are improving the provision information, ensuring that new and existing market participants are informed by accurate and up-to-date information. We are also creating routes to market for a wider range of participants, including aggregators, electric vehicles and in the future, domestic households. This requires a simplification of our products and services, and an informed understanding of how these new participants can effectively support the overall system.

At Smart Grid Flexibility 2019, we will be joining the Future Markets panel to share more details about our work and discuss the future of the energy system with a varied panel of experts.”

Colm’s will be one of 14+ utility case studies, showcasing the latest ways that TSOs and DSOs are driving forward the flexibility of the energy system. Whether you’re focussed on market development, smart system operation, DER integration or leveraging new technology such as blockchain and EV, this conference is a one-stop shop for all the strategic, technical and commercial information you need to prepare for a decentralized, flexible energy system.

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:      +44 (0)20 8349 6360
Email:   registration@smartgrid-forums.com 
Visit:     Smart Grid Flexibility 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019


Registration is now live for Smart Grid Flexibility 2019

Registration is live for the inaugural Smart Grid Flexibility 2019 conference, exhibition and networking forum. Taking place 1-3rd October in London, this event will provide a crucial platform for those driving forward smart grid flexibility to exchange new ideas, share implementation lessons from cutting-edge projects and forge new connections with a wide range of European energy system flexibility experts.

With 14+ implementation-focussed case-studies coming from some of Europe’s top TSOs and DSOs, this is the only event that focusses specifically on the role the smart grid operator plays in driving the flexibility of the energy system. This comprehensive programme will deep-dive into the full range of smart grid flexibility topics, including flexibility markets, system balancing with DERs, active network management, grid planning and forecasting for flexibility as well as new technology including EVs, storage, blockchain and power-to-gas.

Whether you’re involved in driving forward new market models, developing smarter system operation capabilities or investigating innovative technology, this event will provide you with the in-depth practical information you need to drive forward your projects and deliver a truly flexible energy system.

Discussion Themes Include:

  • Future Roadmaps – driving forward crucial changes to the energy market and evaluating how TSO and DSO roles can change to support a fully flexible energy system
  • Market Design – architecting new market models to incentivize provision of flexibility from a wider range of system actors, including local energy communities and centralized platforms
  • System Operation – developing new processes and systems to support flexible redispatch, grid restoration and system balancing with high volumes of DERs
  • Active Network Management – delivering improved visibility and advanced control of distribution grids to maintain stability in a more decentralized energy system
  • Planning & Forecasting – developing advanced DER forecasting capabilities and incorporating flexibility into long-term investment plans
  • New Technology – investigating how EVs, battery storage, power-to-gas, blockchain and cybersecurity will affect future developments in flexibility and preparing for their widescale integration into the energy system

Speakers Include:

  • Ricardo Perez, Head of Technology Portfolio and Sustainable Project Development – Enel Global Infrastructure & Networks
  • Yvonne Ruwaida, Business Strategist– Vattenfall Eldistribution
  • Colm Murphy, Head of Electricity Market Change Delivery – National Grid ESO
  • Andreas John, Head of System Management at 50 Hertz – Elia Group
  • Jean-Philippe Poirrier, Assistant Director, Smart Grid Solutions Industrialization Program – Enedis
  • Frans Campfens, Principal Consultant Energy Consulting – Qirion (Alliander)
  • Rune Hogga, Chairman of the Board at NODES & CEO – Agder Energi Fleksibilitet
  • Jozef Huyck, Head of Asset Planning & Network Development – Fluvius
  • Pieter Vanbaelen, Product Manager Ancillary Services – Elia  
  • Fabio Giammanco, Head of Smart Grid Devices – Enel Global Infrastructure & Networks
  • Steve Atkins, DSO Transition Manager – SSE Networks
  • David Vangulick, Head of Long-Term Planning – ORES

Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities:

Don’t miss the chance to showcase your innovative solutions to this investment-primed market by sponsoring Smart Grid Flexibility 2019. Raise your profile with this highly-targeted audience of utility decision makers, and make sure that it is your solutions which they rely on to transform their business.

Our adjoining exhibition area is capped at 10 stands meaning you will have unparalleled visibility and interaction with a focussed and relevant audience. This is the perfect opportunity to put your name at the top of the list when it comes to smart grid flexibility!

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:      +44 (0)20 8349 6360
Email:   registration@smartgrid-forums.com 
Visit:     Smart Grid Flexibility 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019


Save the date for Smart Grid Flexibility 2019

According to Navigant Research, global DER capacity is expected to grow to 528.4 GW by 2026, representing 9% of annual global power supply and a 399% increase from 2017. The pace of DER proliferation is therefore rapidly ramping up, and the ensuing curtailment of conventional, centralized generation is well under way.

Whether you are a TSO, a DSO, an energy supplier or a regulator, together you are tasked with addressing the challenges of this transition –reliability of supply, system balance, system inertia and congestion management, to name a few. Only through improving the flexibility of the grid can this be achieved in an affordable and realistic way, and the energy market must fundamentally change to support the affordable and reliable management of vast numbers of distributed generation assets and flexible loads.

It is for this reason that grid strategists, market developers, system operation experts, R&D managers and a host of other key implementation leaders will be joining us in London for the inaugural Smart Grid Flexibility 2019 conference, exhibition and networking forum. Taking place across three days in London, from 1-3rd October, and featuring implementation case-studies from some of Europe’s leading TSOs and DSOs, this event will provide a crucial forum for developing a clear path forward for the energy system in the face of mass DER uptake.

We are currently in the process of finalizing the conference agenda and speaker line-up, please find below a preview of the presenters and topics already confirmed:

  • Ricardo Perez Sanchez, Head of Technology Portfolio & Sustainable Project Development – Enel
  • Andreas John, Head of System Management at 50Hertz – ELIA Group
  • Jozef Huyck, Head of Asset Planning & Network Development – Fluvius
  • Anne Van Der Molen, Grid Strategist – Stedin & E.DSO Technology Committee
  • Frans Campfens, Senior Policy & Standardization Manager – Qirion (Alliander)
  • Tim Joosten, Project Manager Grid Innovation – Qirion (Alliander)
  • Travis Kauschke, Future Networks Engineer – South Australia Power Networks
  • Peter Frampton, Market Architect – Elexon
  • Sahar Shamsi, Principal – Oxera Consulting
  • Arnold McKinley, Teaching Fellow – University College London
  • Heidi Saastamoinen, Research Scientist Renewable Energy Processes – VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Wilco Wijbrandi,Innovator Monitoring & Control Services – TNO
  • Colin Mackenzie, Business Development Manager, DERMS – ABB

Strategy & Markets Topics:

  • Distributed Energy Vision – evaluating how energy industry players must align to move towards a sustainable and resilient future energy system
  • Industry Roadmap for DERs – developing a practical strategy for mass DER uptake through effective support for a diverse range of energy market actors
  • Panel: Future Markets – evaluating the necessary changes to energy markets and system actor responsibilities to drive forward flexibility and meet the challenge of mass DER uptake
  • Flexibility Platforms – designing centralized platforms for the intelligent exchange of flexibility across the energy system
  • Local Energy Communities – developing frameworks to facilitate the local exchange of energy between residential DER operators to deliver a more decentralized energy system
  • Transmission System Operation – effectively maintaining the real-time security and resilience of the transmission system as DERs replace conventional generation
  • Influencing Distributed Energy Regulation – clarifying the EU and country level regulation required to incentivise and guide DER innovation and integration

DER Integration & Management Topics:

  • Ancillary Services – building a platform for DERs to mitigate the stability risks brought on by their wide-scale integration into the energy system
  • Active Network Management – leveraging automation to ensure reliable operation of distribution grid with high levels of DER penetration
  • Technology Innovation Panel: DERMs – developing highly-customizable platforms for the dynamic management of DERs to meet the current and future needs of grid operators
  • LV Network Visibility – establishing low-latency, secure communication with DERs and LV network assets to support more intelligent distribution grid operation
  • DER Forecasting – leveraging advanced analytical engines to ensure reliable network performance
  • TSO-DSO Coordination – effectively managing the energy system through closer collaboration between transmission and distribution system operators
  • Grid Planning – optimising grid planning and investment strategy to meet the demands of a more complex and distributed generation and demand landscape

Innovation & New Technology Topics:

  • Flexibility Standards – designing a standardized interface for device and application agnostic procurement of flexibility services from a wide range of actors
  • Battery Storage – effectively integrating battery storage solutions into the smart grid to deliver a crucial source of flexibility to the energy system
  • Power-to-Gas Storage – leveraging existing gas infrastructure to provide a source of large-scale storage and flexibility
  • Embedded Microgrids – exploring the potential benefits to distribution networks of pro-actively developing local generation within microgrids to act as flexibility and grid service providers
  • Vehicle-to-Grid Services – preparing the energy system for the mass uptake of EVs and exploring their potential as a flexible asset delivering Vehicle-to-Grid response
  • Cybersecurity – mitigating elevated cybersecurity risks from higher volumes of smart grid devices and greater levels of information exchange between system actors
  • Blockchain Tutorial – investigating the true potential for blockchains and distributed ledgers to underpin a wide variety of mechanisms crucial to a decentralised energy system

Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities:

Don’t miss the chance to showcase your innovative solutions to this investment-primed market by sponsoring Smart Grid Flexibility 2019Raise your profile with this highly-targeted audience of utility decision makers, and make sure that it is your solutions which they rely on to transform their business.

Our adjoining exhibition area is capped at 10 stands meaning you will have unparalleled visibility and interaction with a focussed and relevant audience. This is the perfect opportunity to put your name at the top of the list when it comes to smart grid flexibility!

Register today!

To find out how you can participate as a Delegate, Exhibitor or Sponsor:

Call:      +44 (0)20 8349 6360
Email:   registration@smartgrid-forums.com 
Visit:     Smart Grid Flexibility 2019

We look forward to welcoming you to the event in October 2019