Technologies to alter the load shape.

Whilst there is considerable focus on the technological aspects of delivering Smart Grids, little is understood of the extent to which consumers are willing and able to embrace new technologies  and initiatives that would enable their use of energy to be actively managed.  There is a real risk that if consumers do not adopt new approaches to the way that they consume electricity, Smart Grids may not be able to achieve their full potential.

This presentation provides an overview and summary of the key findings from a 2 year research project exploring Smart Grids from a consumer perspective. 

Demand-side management measures can be used to support electricity grids by relieving network constraints and/or providing services for electricity network system operators.

This course summarises the results from detailed case studies of 64 DSM grid support projects from 13 different countries around the world implemented between the early 1990s and 2008.

The course covers the following topics:

  • identifying the value of a DSM grid support project to different categories of stakeholders;
  • evaluating and acquiring demand-side resources for grid support;
  • incorporating demand-side measures into grid planning;
  • the role of load control and smart metering in supporting electricity grids.

Demand Management is understood as one of the core functions of a smart grid. ISGAN is publishing a case book focusing on Demand Management projects, where member countries have volunteered cases for the purposes of increasing knowledge and collaboration between stakeholders on smart grid project planning, implementation and management. The cases included in the report represent a broad range of economic, political, geographical, structural, cultural and market contexts, intended to promote more sophisticated conversation about lessons learned and best practices across stakeholders.

The course focusses on one of the case studies discussed in the report, and in particular on the initiatives on customer engagement in Italy. During the course, the following topics will be covered:

  • Projects description and main objectives
  • Discussion of current status and results
  • Recommendations &  Lessons learned