Locational Signals to Reduce Network Investments in Smart Distribution Grids: What Works and What Not?

Christine Brandstätt*, Gert Brunekreeft*, Nele Friedrichsen*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Locational pricing can reduce the investment needs arising in distribution networks from the transformation towards smart grids with high shares of renewable generation. We analyse different approaches. Locational signals in a general tariff plan for either energy or network pricing require substantial system reform which impedes feasibility. We propose smart contracts with locational elements as hybrid form. System reform is only modest since contractual solutions emerge in smart grids anyhow. The responsibility for tariff setting stays with the network operator. The regulator’s task is limited to incentivizing efficient network investment and allowing network operators maximum flexibility in contract design.
Original languageEnglish
JournalUtilities Policy
Volume19
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)244-254
Number of pages11
ISSN0957-1787
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes

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