Energy Networks

Smart Grids

Actively managed networks or smart grids can balance demand and production at different points on the grid, allowing the rapid expansion of distributed energy resources (generation, demand side response and storage) and a more decentralised energy system without the need for costly network reinforcement.

The requirement to more actively manage flows on lower voltage networks is changing the role of the traditional distribution level network operator, and we are seeing the emergence of the more active Distribution System Operator (DSO).  With balancing the system increasingly the responsibility of multiple parties there is a pressing need for greater coordination in operations and network planning between DSOs and the Transmission System Operator (TSO) or Independent System Operator (ISO).  The issue of effective ‘whole system’ market design is currently a very live topic in many market across the world.
At Baringa we have been at the forefront of the smart grids and DSO transition in European markets, and through our partnership with E3, also in North America. 
For example, we have worked on several network innovation projects covering flexible connections, distribution level storage, demand side response, electric vehicles and new shared platforms for balancing across the transmission-distribution interface.  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. 
Baringa is currently 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.

Baringa Partners and Energy + Environmental Economics (E3) – our strategic partnership

Baringa and San Francisco-based Energy+Environmental Economics (E3) have had a strategic partnership since 2015.  E3 is a pioneering consultancy with deep expertise in North American energy markets.  The collaboration combines Baringa and E3’s extensive expertise in energy markets to offer advisory services to global clients.

Both companies are market leaders in their respective geographies in market design, energy regulation, energy system analysis, commercial strategy, due diligence and business and operating models.  The partnerships has allowed us to share international experience with our clients, and we have recently jointly invested in developing our capabilities and presence in new regions, such as the North East of America. 

Through the combination of our existing models and datasets, we are supporting clients looking at the impact of deep decarbonisation scenarios at the global level in support of investment strategies.

Examples of our joint engagements include:

  • New York Market Report -  Baringa and E3 offer a Market Report to our clients (including thermal, renewable, and transmission developers), featuring analysis of NY wholesale energy and capacity markets.  Our NY market report includes:
    • ­    Regulatory & policy framework
    • ­    Market background for NYISO
    • ­    Three scenarios of energy prices and capacity market prices to 2035
  • Energy Technologies Institute: Consumer, Vehicles and Energy Integration - Baringa and E3 partnered on a major study and consumer trial looking at the barriers to and enabling actions for the mass uptake of Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) in the United Kingdom
  • International incentives for DSR - For National Grid (the GB System Operator), Baringa and E3 undertook a study of international best practice for incentivising Demand Side Response (DSR)
  • Deep decarbonisation (Presentation to WholeSEM conference) - Baringa and E3 presented outputs of joint deep decarbonisation pathways modelling for the US and GB, at the WholeSEM conference, in 2016. 

Viewpoint: The future role of network operators: The emerging active DSO model

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