InteGrid project is represented in the EU BRIDGE initiative, which guarantees that the European Commission keeps track of the project evolution and facilitates the dissemination of InteGrid’s objectives and results within the EC and across other European projects.
eGrid participated in the BRIDGE General Meeting that was held at Brussels on March 12th and 13th. This General Meeting had one main session during the morning of the 1st day, focused on the status report of some of the projects currently running (NOBEL GRID, NETfficient, RealValue and Tilos), followed by parallel sessions during the afternoon of the 1st day and the morning of the 2nd day (“Innovation in network management”, “Energy communities and self-consumption", “Replicability of projects”, “Smart charging for electro-mobility", “Cybersecurity and resilience” and “Organizing joint communication and events among projects”). The meeting ended in a general session held in the afternoon of the 2nd day.
The members of the Business Models Working Group were invited to attend the “Replicability of projects” session, which focused on sharing practices that have been adopted to perform replicability and scalability analysis in each project, as well as on discussing the main pain points that were identified so far.
The different approaches and criteria followed by the projects to perform such analysis highlighted the potential advantages of having a common toolbox that could be used to share information about the power distribution activity in each country (e.g., economic and social data, regulatory models and parameters, grid characteristics, smart metering benchmarking regarding roll-out status and functionalities), guidelines for the definition of KPI, best practices for replicability analysis and an overview of lessons learned and experiences acquired in the already concluded projects. Such toolbox may be a key driver to promote a level playing field for the projects (regarding assumptions and methodologies) and, thus, to ease the comparability of their outcomes. The definition of the framework for this toolbox will be addressed by a task force composed by members of the current Bridge Working Groups.
One of the highlights associated with the participation of InteGrid within BRIDGE is related with the evaluation of the regulatory framework of four different countries (Portugal, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden) and how these regulatory frameworks influence the business case of the socio-economic benefits of smart grid solutions tested.
The InteGrid project provides inputs regarding the business case of relevant stakeholders across different regulatory frameworks, which might support the need to harmonize regulatory frameworks within the EU.
Within the BRIDGE meeting, some topics regarding how to implement a framework allowing for the transaction of flexibility services were discussed as being relevant to allow for dynamic pricing and the provision of efficient market signals. The topics included the role of the aggregator and whether it would be a player in all the markets (intra-day, day-ahead, ...). Also, the idea that batteries should have a coherent tariff both when charging and discharging.
Furthermore, how to guarantee that the market framework will not produce unintended incentives for the aggregators to game the market (for instance, by asking more power than needed and overselling afterwards the need for the use of curtailment/flexibility services?).