Session 1: Clean power, electrification and power system disruption
While the transition to renewable power alone is causing reliability concerns in some power systems, the parallel trend towards electrification of sectors such as transport puts even greater focus onto challenges of meeting and balancing electricity demand with supply.
What does ‘flexibility’ really mean? How much is required, over which timescales and where? How does a focus on flexibility connect to other changes within electricity supply chains, such as decentralisation?
Identifying the key impacts of renewable power on system flexibility and reliability
- Fundamentals of a reliable system: balancing supply with demand over multiple timescales
- Not all renewable power is the same: understanding ‘inflexibility’ in practice
- Identifying power system inflexibility market signals
- The role of renewable power regulation in apportioning reliability costs
- Locating the problems: system-wide vs. local challenges (and new business opportunities)
Structural disruption in clean power systems
- Electrification and its new demand challenges
- Electrification and decentralisation
- Utilising distributed assets through aggregation and virtual power plants (VPPs)
- Understanding power system flexibility as a system challenge, not a ‘point-source’ one
- Proposed pathways to ‘100% renewable’ energy systems