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Assessing smart grid interventions for future power networks


Management Science and Operations

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Pelaez J M E;Nieto-Martin J;Butans E

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The aim of this study is to assess the suitability and cost-effectiveness of novel techniques along with traditional reinforcements for electricity distribution networks, in order to analyse expected investments up to 2050 under DECC (Department of Energy and Climate Change) scenarios. These smart techniques are evaluated under different demand scenarios to assist decision makers in future power networks planning. The evaluation of assets planning is based on the LCNF Tier 2 FALCON (Flexible Approaches for Low Carbon Optimised Networks) project network. The area of study is Milton Keynes (East Midlands), being composed of six 11kV primaries. To undertake this analysis is used a revolutionary new software tool for electricity distribution network planning, called Scenario Investment Model (SIM). Once results have been obtained a Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) is performed, to propose an optimal solution for assets investments. In this context, this study summarises the benefit of novel techniques versus traditional reinforcements for long-term planning, highlighting the value for money and the criteria related for investment planning.


Decision making; Power distribution planning; Smart power grids

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