Evolutions in the Balancing Market & Opening Up Balancing Services to All Technologies and Voltage Levels: Exclusive Interview with Pieter Vanbaelen, Product Manager of Ancillary Services at Elia - [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Interview]
- Sep 25, 2019 1:33 pm GMT
In a future decarbonized and digital world, managing the power system becomes increasingly complex. Dependence of renewable sources on weather, the presence of millions of assets connected everywhere across the grid, and power flows becoming more volatile across the entire grid, with variable renewable capacities online that far exceed the peak loads in today’s system, will all transform the grid. The increasing fragmentation of the sector, characterized by more decentralized generation and the increasing number of players to interact with (including potentially millions of prosumers) makes the system more complex to run.
Both transmission and distribution system operators will need more flexibility: transmission system operators to keep the system in balance and distribution system operators to manage congestions and voltage issues in their grids. Such flexibility needs to come from different sources, particularly from decentralized resources and consumer-side flexibility, given the expected decentralization and electrification.
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