The Coordination Problem: A key challenge for Smart Grids

Coordination between distributed generation and the network operators is becoming a key issue for the energy transition. With smart grids, the complexity of the coordination issue is increasing. What is the coordination problem, how does it relate to liberalization and why is it becoming a pressing issue for smart grids?  

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The Future of DSOs: Digital Platform Provider vs. pure Asset Ownership

With digitalization and increasing shares of renewables on the distribution grid level the question is raised whether the distribution network operator should be assigned with the task to facilitate regional market platforms for digital and physical transactions on a regional scale. We discuss concepts from New York and California and their potential implications for regulation of the network operators in the US and Europe. 

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Why we need competition between data management models for smart grids

Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark and others are currently developing centralized data management systems for smart grids. These data hubs shall secure the efficient exchange of data from smart metering. While there are good reasons to proceed with this approach, we argue in this post that competition between different decentralized models for data management might increase the level of innovation compared to centralized approaches.  

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Looking ahead – Where are we going with this blog?

The beginning of enerquire. We are very excited to be online and look forward to an interesting discussion with you. Our first post sets the scene for the contents that will follow within the next weeks. We introduce the general perspective of this blog and the questions that we want to address. 

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