Wind farms (e.g. offshore wind, aggregated wind farms) and large-scale PV power could take over from conventional power plants in providing grid support services (also called Ancillary services provided by DER), an EU-funded project is proving. REserviceS is the first project to investigate services provided by DSOs to TSOs through wind and solar based grid support services at EU level.
While the continued use of fossil fuels and nuclear is sometimes justified by their role keeping grid voltage and frequency stable, the REserviceS project proves that wind and solar PV can do it just as well. If they were remunerated for it on the market, they could replace conventional generation technologies in this role.
Last year, REserviceS organised three regional workshops in Dublin, Kassel and Madrid. These workshops allowed stakeholders to exchange views on the project’s case studies and have dealt with market mechanisms for DER. “The very wide range of participants - industry representatives, system operators, regulators, and market parties - highlighted the pertinence of including grid support services from variable renewables into the market, as it can benefit many sectors”, commented Sharon Wokke, project manager at the European Wind Energy Association.
A Final REserviceS Event will take place in Brussels on 30 September 2014 for the launch of its ‘Technical and economic guidelines and recommendations for the design of a European market for grid support services, as well as for future network codes within the Third Liberalisation Package’.
The consortium, led by EWEA, consists of leading knowledge organisations, renewable industry and network operators. The project receives funding from the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme.
For detailed results: www.reservices-project.eu
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