Title: Overcoming normative and regulatory barriers hampering PV hosting capacity enhancement in European distribution grids
Publisher: EU PVSEC
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC89248
URI: http://www.eupvsec-planner.com/presentations/c27375/overcoming_normative_and_regulatory_barriers_hampering_pv_hosting_capacity_enhancement_in_european_distribution_grids.htm
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Since 2012 a consortium of 20 partners from 15 EU countries is collaborating in the framework of the European project PV GRID - “Reducing barriers hampering large-scale integration of PV electricity into the distribution GRID” having as its main objective to prepare the grounds for the large-scale integration of photovoltaic (PV) systems in distribution grids across Europe and bring forward concrete suggestions on how this can be achieved. The electrical power supply has started a fundamental transformation process. The fast transition towards an electrical system with high shares of decentralised energy generation requires appropriate technical solutions for ensuring distribution grids with sufficient hosting capacity and with the ability to manage the power fluctuation. In order to ensure the stability, reliability and security of the future distribution grids and of the electrical system, a key aspect is identifying and prioritising appropriate technical solutions for large-scale integration of distributed generation units. Initially, the project consortium has identified the most promising available technical solutions and assessed their effectiveness from the perspective of both the distribution system operators (DSO) and the PV system owners. Contextually, the applicability of such solutions from the regulatory point of view has also been assessed in four focus countries: Czech Republic, Germany, Italy and Spain. While the effectiveness evaluation allows for an immediate ranking of technical solutions available to solve the aforementioned hosting capacity issues at low voltage (LV) and medium voltage (MV) levels, the regulatory analysis allows determining whether the implementation of a certain solution requires a change of the current regulatory or normative framework. Taking these results as a starting point, the PV GRID consortium has initiated an ongoing accurate analysis of existing barriers at the national level of the 15 participating countries, involving in the discussion the national stakeholders (regulators, policymakers and DSOs). The outcome of these activities have been used as a basis for the development of a European advisory paper containing recommendations for the introduction of regulatory and normative solutions enabling large-scale integration of PV generation in the distribution grids across Europe. In January 2014 a consultation version of the advisory paper has been published together with a shorter version to retrieve feed-back on proposed recommendations and in order to publish a final version of the PV GRID European Advisory Paper until September 2014.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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