WS2 was set the challenge of developing a quantitative analysis of the potential benefits of deploying smart grid solutions compared with a business-as-usual (BAU) approach.
This had not been done before and presented real challenges.
WS1, WS2 and WS3 worked closely together to deliver a solution. WS1, led by DECC, developed the the assumptions and scenarios that were vital inputs to the modelling. WS3, led by the network companies, developed a toolkit of smart grid and BAU solutions as further input data for the modelling.
A modelling tool was then developed that was able to iteratively develop a model of the distribution network to meet given demand forecasts. The model could either use only BAU solutions or a combination of BAU and smart solutions for the same demand forecast. It was therefore able to calculate the cost of both approaches and derive the cost benefit of one approach over the alternative.
This seminal work demonstrated a high degree of confidence that smart grid solutions would deliver benefits to customers.
You can download key outputs in the publications and updates feed below.
You can find out how to get involved in this workstream by contacting Gareth Evans.