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International Smart Grid Action Network Publishes T&D Casebook Version 2.0

Monday, September 19, 2016

International Smart Grid Action Network Publishes T&D Casebook Version 2.0

Prepared by ISGAN's Annex 6, the new T&D casebook includes case studies of real applications of smart grid approaches and technologies for the transmission and distribution domains from twelve different countries.

The Clean Energy Ministerial’s International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) has released a new casebook, Spotlight on Smart and Strong Power T&D Infrastructure Version 2.0. The casebook, available in both English and Spanish, is the first step in providing insight and knowledge on smart grid approaches to managing increasingly complex power systems.

Rapidly increasing generation from renewable energy sources along with changing demand patterns from electric vehicles and more efficient technologies and appliances are just two factors that can challenge transmission and distribution (T&D) systems and jeopardize quality and availability of power. The casebook, prepared by ISGAN’s Annex 6 (Power T&D System), represents the outcomes of surveying, analyzing, and discussing important achievements in the application of smart grid approaches.

The casebook shares real applications of smart grid approaches and technologies for the transmission and distribution domains in twelve countries: Ireland, Sweden, China, Germany, the United States, Italy, South Africa, France, Austria, Belgium, Canada, and Denmark. Although conditions vary among countries, there is significant common ground for sharing experiences. These case studies serve to illustrate lessons learned and highlight a wide range of applications related to power T&D systems or smart grids. These studies help demonstrate the value smart grid solutions offer for integrating renewable energy, improving markets, engaging customers, and increasing the security of the generation supply.

The casebook also describes and discusses lessons learned from the application of high-voltage direct current technologies, wide-area monitoring, and smart substations. In the distribution field, the casebook addresses measures to maximize the hosting capacity of variable renewables and to integrate the response of users toward the application of flexible tariffs.

Additional projects will be added progressively in future editions of the casebook to continue to encourage knowledge exchange for smart grids.

Read the Casebook: English | Spanish.