Value of smart grids

What is the value of smart solutions in the medium voltage networks?

Published: 12/03/2015

Smart grids offer the potential to reduce energy system costs by aligning demand and supply on the basis of the exchange of detailed information. To provide more clarity on the potential added value of smart grids, Ecofys has carried out a study that investigates two existing and representative medium-voltage grids in the Netherlands. The study was carried out for Netbeheer Nederland, the association of grid operators in the Netherlands.

Investment costs for solely applying grid reinforcements are compared with the costs that would be involved with applying smart solutions in households. Based on the studied cases we conclude that the investments in smart solutions can be paid back with savings on investments in medium voltage grids. Overall, the investments result in reduction of additional costs of around 10%.