Energy flexibilities for SmartGrids and SmartCities


Date: October 16th, 2016: 14:00 – 17:30

Locations: Hotel des Arts et Métier, Paris (Conference location)


The objective of the tutorial is to learn about energy flexibilities that are used in SmartGrids and Smartcities in particular for enhancing Renewable Energy Sources (RES) integration with a focus on technology aspects (flexibility uses, energy boxes, information system, metering, …), economical and business models aspects (economical signals, value creation and capturing, value sharing, economic impacts, current and emerging business models), and regulatory issues (current and emerging regulation, stakeholders interaction, new actors- aggregators, …).


Laurent Schmitt, VP GE Grid solutions: “Technical/technological issues”
David Epelbaum, Energy Regulatory Commission – France (CRE): “regulatory issues”
Jessica Stromback, Smart Energy Demand Coalition, EU: “economical/business”


Summary description of the panel (3h)

The fast development of variable renewable energies worldwide has highlighted the need for more and more flexibility at all levels of the power grid. This flexibility is considered for the whole energy chain encompassing controllable loads and generation, storage, EV and other grid controlling devices.
The flexibility refers to the ability of certain devices/elements in the grid to deliberately change their consumption and/or generation patterns within technical constraints. In a broader sense, it refers to aggregated amounts of individual flexibilities that can be traded in the markets.
The flexibility is not only intended for classical generation-consumption balance but for a broader applications ranging from congestion management and peak shaving to market fluctuation mitigation with considerations on investment optimization.
However, in the context of open access and unbundling of the different power industry segment, the flexibility has to be considered in the framework of responsibility partitioning which put a special emphasis on business models as well as on regulatory challenges.
The tutorial will provide key information and knowledge on technical, economical and business models, and regulatory issues related to energy flexibility in smartgrids and smartcities.
For the technical issue, the focus will be on related technologies including the various flexibility means and supporting information and communication, procurement, activation, grid impact assessment, etc. The lecture will be provided by Laurent Schmitt, GE Grid Solutions.
For the economic and business issue, the focus will be on stakeholders’ interaction, determining the value of flexibility, value capturing, market impact, customer rewarding, etc. The lecture will be provided by Jessica Stromback, Smart Energy Demand Coalition, EU
For the regulatory issue, the focus will be on customer behavior, stakeholders competing landscape and consumer involvement, system view for value sharing, supporting regulatory frameworks for fostering flexibilities, etc. The lecture will be provided by David Epelbaum, Energy Regulatory Commission – France (CRE).


Schedule:  October 16th, 2016 from 14:00 to 17:00

14:00 – 15:00: Technical/technological issues
15:00 – 15:15: Break and discussion
15:15 – 16:15: Economical/Business models
16:15 – 16:30: Break and discussion
16:30 – 17:30: Regulatory issues

Cost:  € 150