Actively managed networks or smart grids can balance demand and production at different points on the grid, allowing more capacity to be connected to the network with less reinforcement. This allows for more rapid deployment of low carbon technologies and lower costs for network users.
At Baringa we have been at the forefront of network innovation in European markets.
For example, we have worked on several projects under the UK’s Low Carbon Networks Fund and Network Innovation Competition, covering flexible connections, distribution level storage, demand side response and electric vehicles. We have designed and implemented trials in these areas, with a particular focus on the commercial models and regulatory implications.
We have analysed the costs and benefits of different smart technologies, and assessed the impacts on network operators’ processes and methodologies.
We have authored influential industry reports on good practice in Active Network Management, and market models for distributed generation. Recently, we worked with distribution network operators and the GB system operator on potential whole system solutions for managing a more decentralised energy system.
We are also working with network operators on future business models for more active distribution level system operation, and developing new capabilities and systems such as replacing network management systems with new solutions that enable Smart grids.
Viewpoint: The future role of network operators: The emerging active DSO model
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