Smart Grids report: The value of Smart Grids
Smart Grids report - 05-07-2017
For a successful energy transition, the existing power system must become more flexible. New technical solutions, smart grids - or intelligent networks - offer the potential to meet this challenge. What is the value of these solutions for the community? What place can they take in the electricity mix? What are their consequences on greenhouse gas emissions?
Identify the optimal deployment of Smart
Mandated in 2015 by the Environment and Economy Ministries, RTE has for the first time studied the impact of an optimal deployment of smart grid flexibility solutions on the supply-demand balance, the electricity system and the environment.
The contribution of RTE describes how smart grid flexibility solutions can contribute to the energy transition in a structural manner. The analyses reveal that in an energy mix for 2030 made up of 50% nuclear and 40% renewable energies, the place of these smart grid solutions could rise to 9 GW. This development is reflected through a combination of different solutions, such as battery storage, modulating consumption of industries and individuals and modulating the generation of renewable energies
Deploying smart grid flexibility solutions would thus prevent the need for constructing new thermal power plants (required to compensate for the decline in nuclear generation and to complement renewable energies), fuel imports and building new power lines. They could thus generate 400M€ of savings per year.