The legislative proposals on the energy market that the Commission adopted on 30 November 2016 (the so-called winter package), in particular the Electricity Directive, promotes that network operators procure balancing, congestion management and ancillary services from assets connected to the network both at transmission and at distribution level, based on cooperation among them. This will enable more efficient and effective network management and optimisation, for the benefit of increased demand response and the ability to integrate increasing shares of renewables. TSOs and DSOs will use the same pool of resources: actions by both can mutually affect each other. In cooperation with market participants, they have to define the services they want to procure, and have to set up ways to procure them in a coordinated manner.Scope:
The focus is on projects that demonstrate at a large-scale how markets and platforms enable electricity TSOs and DSOs to connect (in particular through data communications and common architectures) and procure energy services from large-scale and small-scale assets connected to the electricity network through a combination of local markets (in particular for congestion management), with wholesale & balancing markets, in a way that will increase cost-efficiency in (future) network operations and that creates consumer benefits. The markets and platforms should enable the integration of relevant digital technologies like Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence, cloud and big data services. The projects selected will define and test in real-life demonstrations of integrated system-based markets and platforms for (a set of) grid services that can be used and procured by DSOs and TSOs in a coordinated manner, in markets that they jointly set up (but don't necessarily need to operate themselves), in a way that:
Selected projects also will:
In relation to the organisation, selected projects are encouraged to:
TRL will range typically between 5 and 8 (see part G of the General Annexes).
Proposals should comply with the requirements stated in the section 'Common requirements' of the introduction to the part on the Smart citizen-centred energy system.
The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between EUR 13 to 17 million would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately. Nonetheless, this does not preclude submission and selection of proposals requesting other amounts.Expected Impact:
Solutions will contribute to a smart, secure and more resilient energy system through demonstrating cost-efficient model(s) for electricity network services that can be scaled up to include networks operated by other TSOs and DSOs, and that will be replicable across the EU energy system and provide the foundations for new network codes, particularly on demand-response. In so doing they will contribute to opening up significant new revenue streams for consumers to provide grid services, and increase the share of RES in the electricity system.Delegation Exception Footnote:
It is expected that this topic will continue in 2020.Cross-cutting Priorities:
see a.o. the proposed Guideline on Electricity Balancing, Article 32 of the proposal for a Directive on the internal electricity market, COM(2016)864, 2016/0380(COD), Article 53 of the proposal for a Regulation on the internal electricity market, COM(2016)861, 2016/0379(COD)
where such parameters don't exist yet at EU level