Climate change directly affects every segment of the electricity system, altering generation potential and efficiency, testing physical resilience of transmission and distribution networks, and changing demand patterns, including through more variable precipitation patterns, rising sea levels and extreme weather events, which will add a significant challenge to the resilience of electricity systems.
In this context, power system need to become both more flexible and more resilient, that is able to adapt to a sharp drop in generation or increase in demand, as well as to withstand, recover from and adapt to the impact of severe events. At the same time, power system decarbonization calls for growing shares of variable renewables to be integrated in the system, calling for increased flexibility (the IEA net-zero scenario sees the flexibility need increase fourfold by 2050,with batteries and demand response becoming primary sources of flexibility) but also accrued attention to new resilience issues in the power system, from design and planning stage to operations and asset management.
ISGAN and IEA’s Digital Demand-Driven Electricity Networks (3DEN) Initiative are co-organising an international high-level expert workshop to enhance international collaboration and research, share best practices and provide policy support deploying flexibility for resilience.
This workshop will gather international experts to present and discuss how innovative flexibility services can be developed to support grid operation with high penetration of renewable energy sources, bringing evidence from ongoing analysis and successful case studies. It will also discuss how these services can be integrated in the investment planning stage, thus building up resilience for future-proof power systems.
A particular focus will include emerging economies and developing countries. Despite being oftentimes the most affected by severe events, they have an opportunity to build in resilience while still expanding and developing their power system, rather than having to retrofit existing assets.
The workshop will feature interventions by IEA, ISGAN, Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Research Institutes of Sweden RISE, ENTSO-E, ETIP SNET, Austrian Institute of Technology AIT and other institutions and organisations engaged in the topic area.
The workshop will start at on 3 October at 13:00 and end at 13:00 on 4 October
During the workshop we will:
i) Discuss the societal needs of a secure electricity supply and its importance for energy policy and regulation, based on the outcomes of the ISGAN WG6/ETIP-SNET white paper How can flexibility support resilience?
ii) Explore best practices and innovative approaches of leveraging demand side flexibility.
iii) Provide input to key policy messages related to flexibility, resilience and digitalization.
iv) Find synergies and possibilities for future international collaboration, including by building up on IEA and ISGAN collaboration.
The IEA gratefully acknowledges the Italian Ministry for Ecological Transition for their support for this webinar as part of their contributions to IEA’s Digital Demand Driven Electricity Networks (3DEN) Initiative on power system modernisation and effective utilisation of demand side resources through digitalisation and to the Clean Energy Transitions Programme.