Workstream two (WS2): Evaluation framework

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.

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You can find out how to get involved in this workstream by contacting Gareth Evans.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 3rd Aug 2012
  • Other
  • 5 Associated documents
This report describes a comprehensive new model that has been developed to assist the evaluation of investment options for electricity distribution networks to address the challenging issues that lie ahead.

  • Published: 19th Mar 2012
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This report is by Frontier Economics and is published along with the letter , A framework for the evaluation of smart grids .

  • Published: 18th Nov 2011
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 21 Associated documents
The report describes the first stage of the Smart Grids Forum’s work to produce an evaluation framework for smart grids. This is an opportunity for stakeholders to offer comments which will be taken account of in the second stage of this work