CIRED WORKSHOP 2014 - Challenges of implementing Active Distribution System Management - 11-12 JUNE 2014 - Rome, Italy

workshop scope

The design of innovative solutions is a key factor to enable the transition to a low carbon economy. The future power system will indeed be quite different from the present one and distribution systems are at the center of the on-going changes:

  • decentralized generation, connected to distribution networks, is expanding very rapidly,
  • to cope with increasingly fluctuating volumes of supply, such as solar energy and wind farms, the potential of demand side responses has to be used,
  • electric vehicles will constitute “mobile customers”,
  • and the development of decentralized storage, connected to distribution networks, is also anticipated.

The local distribution systems will become much more complex as local grid constraints will occur more frequently. Distribution System Operators are nevertheless expected to continue to operate their networks in a secure way and to provide high quality to their customers. Implementing Active Distribution System Management will make it possible to reach this objective in the most effective way. It will of course be compatible with and support transmission system management.

Achieving Active System Management will imply reviewing the role of the customer in the system, the process for planning and operating the electrical grid and will trigger a new set of requirements and solutions for data exchange between all the players.

System operations methods will also evolve to enable the use of flexibility to solve distribution grid constraints.

The transition towards active system management will only be successful if DSOs implement innovative solutions in the field of telecommunication networks and data management.

Developing of an appropriate regulatory framework is also a key factor to allow new solutions.

The objectives of the workshop are :

  • To appraise the present state of the art active distribution network management solutions and discuss the expected progress in integrating renewable and electric vehicles charging stations into distribution networks.
  • To discuss how active distribution system management will facilitate the transition towards a low carbon economy, while constantly maintaining and improving the power quality provided to customers.