The recent advances in smart metering and communication technologies in electricity distribution networks could bring new opportunities to distribution system operators (DSOs). In particular, new forms of Active Demand (AD) could be developed to help DSOs to alleviate network congestions and decrease peak capacity requirements, which could in turn reduce or postpone the need for network reinforcements. This paper explores the mechanisms that would allow DSOs to incorporate AD procedures into their network planning strategies. A Reference Network Model (RNM) is used to quantify the potential economic benefits that AD could bring to distribution grids. The analysis is supported by a case study of two rural and urban areas of Spain, based on realistic large-scale exemplary networks and real consumption data.
Keywords: active demand; distribution network; planning
Electric Power Systems Research. Volume: 136 Pages: 331-340
JCR Impact Factor and Scopus quartile: 2.688 - Q1 (2016); 2.856 - Q1 (2017).
DOI reference: 10.1016/j.epsr.2016.03.017
Published on paper: July 2016. Published on-line: March 2016.