Power System Flexibility Strategic Roadmap

Preparing power systems to supply reliable power from variable energy resources

Published: 13/04/2015

Relying almost entirely on energy from variable renewable resources will require a transformation in the way power systems are planned and operated. This report outlines steps for overcoming the challenges in creating power systems with the flexibility needed to maintain system stability and reliability while relying primarily on variable energy resources. The work is largely a synthesis of the many reports and studies on this subject. It seeks to summarise that body of work for a less technical audience that will need to put in place the policies, technical changes, and institutional systems necessary to make the power system of the future a reality.

Ecofys wrote the roadmap by order of the European Copper Institute. Although it lays out a decades-long and incremental path, the roadmap presents actions that need to be taken in the immediate future. The needed policies, research, demonstration projects, and institutional changes need to start now precisely because the path is relatively long and the need so great.

You can download the report at: leonardo-energy.org

Learn more about the roadmap in below webcast by the main author Georgios Papaefthymiou:

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Key elements of the power system flexibility vision  (c) 2015 Ecofys