This workshop is organised by the IEA and ISGAN, in partnership with the European projects ELECTRA, GRID+STORAGE and ERA NET Smart Grids plus. The focus of the workshop is the increased need for flexibility in the present and future energy system using smart grids as an important enabling technology, in order to accommodate the increasing share of variable renewable energy, address problems related to ageing infrastructure and manage the rapid growth of electrification in both developing and developed economies.
The goal of the workshop is to discuss the need for institutional change to enhance the flexibility of the grids and the state of the art of such flexibility options. In order to support decision makers and regulators in identifying the optimal solutions in a system in constant evolution, the workshop will highlight best practices that can serve as examples for implementation in specific situations. Particular attention will be devoted to the research and demonstration needs, at the light of the recent results achieved in regional, national and international collaborative projects. Outputs from the workshop will also be used to develop the IEA’s technology roadmap on Smart Energy Systems