The power system is facing a transition towards distributed energy services especially with the increasing penetration of rooftop solar, battery storage and micro-grids. Consumers and utilities are finding new value, however the technologies involved are diverse with a competitive technology vendor landscape and lots of different technology options. Also new applications and business models are emerging to create a complexity which consumers and utilities find daunting.
In order to maximise value to all parties, there is a growing interest in smart connected control of DER and the creation of virtual services. Maximising the engagement with consumers in this process whilst delivering whole-of-system as well as local utility benefits presents key trade-offs.
We present a number of case studies to illustrate the benefits of smart control and automation in this complex context and the potential to chip away at barriers to delivery of win-win solutions. These include virtual power services, automation of local group orchestration for demand response and solar curtailment, and micro-grid enabled network support.
3 key takeaways from this presentation:
1. Practical delivery of aggregated services at scale requires technology vendor neutral approaches
2. Local coordination and control presents value which can aggregate to whole-of-system benefits
3. Visibility of low voltage networks and uncertainty is important