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Smart grids

As more volatile energy sources like solar and wind are hooked up, there will be peaks and troughs in supply, creating a need for new storage and buffer systems. At the same time, though, greater flexibilisation of energy use provides another key route for improving the match between supply and demand. Whatever the strategy adopted, smart grids have a pivotal role to play.

A social cost-benefit analysis (SCBA) of smart grids carried out for the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs by CE Delft in collaboration with KEMA has shown that establishing smart grids in the Netherlands can lead to long-term cost savings, by reducing copper requirements and by flattening out peaks and troughs through a tighter match between supply and demand. By varying the electricity price from minute to minute, consumers will have an incentive to do their laundry when the wind blows and power up their car when the sun shines.

What can CE Delft do for you?

For EU member states as well as for specific regions, CE Delft can calculate the effects of smart grids and the costs and benefits they bring. The success of such grids depends not only on technological developments but also on flexible tariffs and the associated adjustment of energy demand to available  supplies. This can only be achieved if end-users dispose over the right kind of information and communications technologies and if they are driven by adequate financial rewards. For grid operators and energy suppliers it is therefore essential to think hard about appropriate tariff structures in order to maximise returns on the use of smart grids. Thanks to our extensive know-how on technological, economic and behavioural aspects, CE Delft can advise you on drawing up a business case for intelligent grids.

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For more information, contact Maarten Afman

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