Smart grids in public distribution networks: an essential set of solutions for the success of the energy transition
The economic viability of the Smart grids solutions is a key concern. This was highlighted in a letter from the ministries for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy and for the Economy, Industry and Digital Technology, which requested additional information regarding this question with regard to the distribution and transmission networks.
In association with the ADEeF (Association gathering electricity distributors in France), we have realized a study on the economic assessment of smart grids solutions, in order to analyze associated costs and benefits. This study is part of a global approach conducted by the Ministries and in collaboration with ADEME and RTE.
The functions featured in this study concern the transmission substation and MV network:
- Operational planning system,
- Extension of self-healing capabilities of the distribution network,
- Centralised dynamic voltage control,
- Self-adaptive reactive power control by MV producers,
- Active power curtailment of MV production,
- Use of flexibility for demand constraints.
The results presented in this study are coherent with actual investment decisions and foreshadow future action plans.
Download here the executive summary of the study: