Principal analyst Jeremy Harrison is visiting the Microgrid Symposium in Bucharest. Directly from the event, he brings us an update:
"The opening session of the 2018 Microgrid Symposium was presented by the Romanian host Energy Minister who is, encouragingly, a scientist!
This was followed by presentations on developments in the Americas which continue to focus on providing greater resilience to the grid, and from European participants which tend to be increasingly focused on the new opportunities for the democratisation of energy with Local Energy Communities, as well as optimising the performance of the system.
Inevitably, the discussion around the future role of the DNO was rather polarised between those who would like to see the incumbent DNO retain centralised control and others who see greater value in a highly decentralised future in which the microgrids are self-optimising, yet provide services to the distribution grid on a contractual basis. This is, of course, a fairly fundamental question for the future energy system and the respective roles of the DNO, TSO ISO and whatever regulatory structure emerges. We will continue to explore this topic in our forthcoming microgrids research."
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