BeFlexible at EUSEW 2024 | Understanding Customer Roles in Power Systems

Join us for the policy session at EUSEW on June 13th, from 11:30 to 13:00 CEST

BeFlexible is organizing and participating in policy sessions at the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2024), alongside esteemed partners. This 18th edition of the Policy Conference will occur in a hybrid format in Brussels and online from June 11th to 13th, 2024. EUSEW, organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, stands as a pivotal annual event promoting sustainable energy policies and practices at the European level. As the largest conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe, it gathers industry experts to explore this year’s theme, “Net-zero competitiveness driving EU energy transition,” fostering dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders driving sustainable energy initiatives across Europe.

“What about flexibility? How customers can improve power systems”

Mark your calendars for June 13, 2024, from 11:30 to 13:00 CEST.

EUSEW 2024

Panel 1: Unlocking Local Flexibility Potential: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?

The panel aims to create a discussion by focusing on several interconnected objectives. Firstly, it will emphasize the pivotal role of local flexibility platforms, which serve as crucial infrastructures for enabling efficient energy management. Secondly, it will explore the opportunities presented by EU-funded cluster projects, demonstrating how collaboration and resource allocation can drive innovation in sustainable energy solutions.

Additionally, the panel will address regulatory challenges that may hinder progress in achieving decarbonization goals, particularly concerning low voltage grid bottlenecks. By tackling these obstacles, the panel seeks to pave the way for smoother transitions towards cleaner energy systems. Moreover, discussions will revolve around the importance of fostering long-term customer engagement and incentivizing flexibility in energy consumption behaviors. This involves providing consumers with adequate information and promoting energy literacy to empower them to make informed choices.

Agenda

Moderated by Ms. Tzeni Varfi, Deputy to Secretary General, E.DSO.

  • Mr. Veli-Pekka Saajo, Chair of Distribution Systems working group, Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER).
  • Mr. Fernando David Martin Utrilla, DSO role in Spain i-DE (Iberdrola group), Project coordinator BeFlexible project.
  • Mr. Tomi Medved, Head of the Laboratory of Energy Policy (UL) University of Ljubljana, Project coordinator STREAM project.
  • Ms. Katerina Drivakou, Energy Systems Researcher, UBITECH ENERGY, Project technical coordinator ENFLATE project.
  • Mr. Josh Roberts, Senior Policy Advisor REScoop.eu.
  • Ms. Rose Matthews, Behavioral Scientist for community engagement, Smart Innovation Norway.

Panel 2: Scaling Demand Response in Europe: Lessons Learned from Field-Proven Solutions

The panel aims to provide a coherent and comprehensive discussion centered on several key objectives. Firstly, it will describe the significant role that Demand Response (DR) plays in actively contributing to the attainment of EU net-zero objectives. Through illustrative examples and case studies, the panel will highlight best practices gleaned from DR pilots, innovative initiatives, and successful local deployments. These insights will underscore the readiness of these solutions to be extended at scale, benefiting both European consumers and power systems alike.

Furthermore, the panel will address the critical obstacles that still impede the widespread roll-out of DR initiatives in the Residential and Commercial & Industrial sectors across Europe. By acknowledging and understanding these challenges, the discussion aims to foster strategies for overcoming them effectively.

Lastly, the panel will emphasize the key enablers necessary to facilitate investment and encourage widespread consumer adoption of DR solutions at scale. Drawing from the success stories of previous pilots, the panel will identify actionable insights and strategies to promote consumer engagement and streamline the integration of DR into energy systems across Europe. Through this multifaceted approach, the panel endeavors to provide valuable lessons learned and actionable recommendations for scaling Demand Response initiatives effectively throughout Europe.

Agenda

Moderated by Mr. Michael Villa, SmartEn Executive Director.

  • Ms. Dörte Schneemann, Head of Markets for Flexibility, UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
  • Mr. Thomas Bobinger, Policy Officer EU Internal Market, Federation of German Consumer Organisations, VZBV.
  • Mr. Sebastien Condom, Head of International business, Voltalis.
  • Ms. Lindsay Sugden, Regional Manager, International Affairs, NIBE.
  • Mr. Charles Verhaeghe, Vice President Energy, Compass Lexecon.
  • Ms. Olivia Sicurani, Strategy & Innovation Director, Sympower.

Keen to participate in the dialogue shaping the future of power systems? Register for EUSEW 2024 here.

Join us for the policy session at EUSEW on June 13th, from 11:30 to 13:00 CEST

BeFlexible is organizing and participating in policy sessions at the European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW 2024), alongside esteemed partners. This 18th edition of the Policy Conference will occur in a hybrid format in Brussels and online from June 11th to 13th, 2024. EUSEW, organized by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy, stands as a pivotal annual event promoting sustainable energy policies and practices at the European level. As the largest conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe, it gathers industry experts to explore this year’s theme, “Net-zero competitiveness driving EU energy transition,” fostering dialogue and collaboration among stakeholders driving sustainable energy initiatives across Europe.

“What about flexibility? How customers can improve power systems”

Mark your calendars for June 13, 2024, from 11:30 to 13:00 CEST.

EUSEW 2024

Panel 1: Unlocking Local Flexibility Potential: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?

The panel aims to create a discussion by focusing on several interconnected objectives. Firstly, it will emphasize the pivotal role of local flexibility platforms, which serve as crucial infrastructures for enabling efficient energy management. Secondly, it will explore the opportunities presented by EU-funded cluster projects, demonstrating how collaboration and resource allocation can drive innovation in sustainable energy solutions.

Additionally, the panel will address regulatory challenges that may hinder progress in achieving decarbonization goals, particularly concerning low voltage grid bottlenecks. By tackling these obstacles, the panel seeks to pave the way for smoother transitions towards cleaner energy systems. Moreover, discussions will revolve around the importance of fostering long-term customer engagement and incentivizing flexibility in energy consumption behaviors. This involves providing consumers with adequate information and promoting energy literacy to empower them to make informed choices.

Agenda

Moderated by Ms. Tzeni Varfi, Deputy to Secretary General, E.DSO.

  • Mr. Veli-Pekka Saajo, Chair of Distribution Systems working group, Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER).
  • Mr. Fernando David Martin Utrilla, DSO role in Spain i-DE (Iberdrola group), Project coordinator BeFlexible project.
  • Mr. Tomi Medved, Head of the Laboratory of Energy Policy (UL) University of Ljubljana, Project coordinator STREAM project.
  • Ms. Katerina Drivakou, Energy Systems Researcher, UBITECH ENERGY, Project technical coordinator ENFLATE project.
  • Mr. Josh Roberts, Senior Policy Advisor REScoop.eu.
  • Ms. Rose Matthews, Behavioral Scientist for community engagement, Smart Innovation Norway.

Panel 2: Scaling Demand Response in Europe: Lessons Learned from Field-Proven Solutions

The panel aims to provide a coherent and comprehensive discussion centered on several key objectives. Firstly, it will describe the significant role that Demand Response (DR) plays in actively contributing to the attainment of EU net-zero objectives. Through illustrative examples and case studies, the panel will highlight best practices gleaned from DR pilots, innovative initiatives, and successful local deployments. These insights will underscore the readiness of these solutions to be extended at scale, benefiting both European consumers and power systems alike.

Furthermore, the panel will address the critical obstacles that still impede the widespread roll-out of DR initiatives in the Residential and Commercial & Industrial sectors across Europe. By acknowledging and understanding these challenges, the discussion aims to foster strategies for overcoming them effectively.

Lastly, the panel will emphasize the key enablers necessary to facilitate investment and encourage widespread consumer adoption of DR solutions at scale. Drawing from the success stories of previous pilots, the panel will identify actionable insights and strategies to promote consumer engagement and streamline the integration of DR into energy systems across Europe. Through this multifaceted approach, the panel endeavors to provide valuable lessons learned and actionable recommendations for scaling Demand Response initiatives effectively throughout Europe.

Agenda

Moderated by Mr. Michael Villa, SmartEn Executive Director.

  • Ms. Dörte Schneemann, Head of Markets for Flexibility, UK Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.
  • Mr. Thomas Bobinger, Policy Officer EU Internal Market, Federation of German Consumer Organisations, VZBV.
  • Mr. Sebastien Condom, Head of International business, Voltalis.
  • Ms. Lindsay Sugden, Regional Manager, International Affairs, NIBE.
  • Mr. Charles Verhaeghe, Vice President Energy, Compass Lexecon.
  • Ms. Olivia Sicurani, Strategy & Innovation Director, Sympower.

Keen to participate in the dialogue shaping the future of power systems? Register for EUSEW 2024 here.

BRIDGE General Assembly 2024: A convergence of energy innovation

The annual BRIDGE General Assembly, held both in Brussels and virtually on March 9th and 10th, 2024, brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including researchers, industry representatives and policymakers. With a total of 190 projects (174 ongoing), the assembly served as a pivotal platform for discussing the latest developments in the energy landscape and fostering the creation of a sustainable, secure, affordable, and efficient energy system.

The BeFlexible project actively participated as part of the BRIDGE Initiative. Onsite representation included Santiago Gallego from Iberdrola (Working Group on Regulation) and Minna Kuivalainen from Smart Innovation Norway (Working Group on Consumer and Citizen Engagement). Additionally, online participation extended to the Business Models and Data Management working groups.

BRIDGE aims to provide a structured approach to address cross-cutting issues encountered in demonstration projects, which may impede innovation. The BRIDGE process facilitates continuous knowledge sharing among projects, enabling them to collectively deliver conclusions and recommendations for the future exploitation of project results.

Bridge General Assembly 2024

Key Outcomes from the BRIDGE General Assembly

The BRIDGE General Assembly featured informative sessions and engaging discussions.

During the first day, attendees convened for a plenary session, where the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy (DG Energy) covered various topics, including policy updates on the EU Action Plan for Grids, Network Code on Demand Response, and Net Zero Industry Act. Participants also learned about completed BRIDGE projects (Platone, OneNet, Trinity, X-Flex, EUniversal, ebalance-plus) and other relevant initiatives like ETIP SNET, ISGAN, and European Commission international engagements.

The second day focused on policy updates shared by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) on the Data Act and AI Innovation Package, with DG Energy providing insights on the SET Plan. The day predominantly centered on collaborative work within the different working groups.

BRIDGE Working Groups Progress

During the BRIDGE General Assembly, significant progress was made across various working groups:

Working Group on Regulation:

Discussions surrounding energy storage underscored the need for a regulatory framework that delineates clear rules and responsibilities concerning ownership, competition, technical modalities, and financial conditions, applicable to both island and mainland contexts. Similarly, deliberations on smart grids highlighted regulatory challenges pertaining to incentives for demand-side response, commercial arrangements, collaboration with Transmission System Operators (TSO) and Distribution System Operators (DSO), smart meter data, and more.

Working Group on Business Models:

This group concentrated on establishing common language and frameworks for describing and evaluating business models. They also focused on identifying and assessing existing as well as innovative business models demonstrated within projects or use cases. Notably, efforts are underway to develop and test a simulation tool that facilitates the comparison of the profitability of various business models applicable to smart grids and energy storage solutions.

Working Group on Data Management:

Encompassing both technical and non-technical aspects, discussions within this group revolved around communication infrastructure necessary for data exchange, cybersecurity, data privacy, data handling frameworks, and related roles and responsibilities. Emphasis was placed on ensuring secure and interoperable data exchange, alongside the utilization of data analytics techniques for processing.

Working Group on Consumer and Citizen Engagement:

This group delved into various aspects of consumer and citizen engagement, including segmentation analysis considering cultural, geographical, and social dimensions, understanding customer value systems, drivers for engagement, effectiveness of engagement activities, and identification of triggers for behavioral changes, such as incentives. Furthermore, discussions centered on regulatory innovations aimed at empowering consumers.

Bridge General Assembly 2024- Working Groups achievements

Overall, the BRIDGE General Assembly provided an exceptional opportunity for stakeholders to converge, exchange ideas and best practices, and collaborate towards the common goal of creating a sustainable and efficient energy system. The assembly underscored the significance of collaboration and cross-sectoral engagement in achieving this collective objective.

The annual BRIDGE General Assembly, held both in Brussels and virtually on March 9th and 10th, 2024, brought together a diverse group of stakeholders, including researchers, industry representatives and policymakers. With a total of 190 projects (174 ongoing), the assembly served as a pivotal platform for discussing the latest developments in the energy landscape and fostering the creation of a sustainable, secure, affordable, and efficient energy system.

The BeFlexible project actively participated as part of the BRIDGE Initiative. Onsite representation included Santiago Gallego from Iberdrola (Working Group on Regulation) and Minna Kuivalainen from Smart Innovation Norway (Working Group on Consumer and Citizen Engagement). Additionally, online participation extended to the Business Models and Data Management working groups.

BRIDGE aims to provide a structured approach to address cross-cutting issues encountered in demonstration projects, which may impede innovation. The BRIDGE process facilitates continuous knowledge sharing among projects, enabling them to collectively deliver conclusions and recommendations for the future exploitation of project results.

Bridge General Assembly 2024

Key Outcomes from the BRIDGE General Assembly

The BRIDGE General Assembly featured informative sessions and engaging discussions.

During the first day, attendees convened for a plenary session, where the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Energy (DG Energy) covered various topics, including policy updates on the EU Action Plan for Grids, Network Code on Demand Response, and Net Zero Industry Act. Participants also learned about completed BRIDGE projects (Platone, OneNet, Trinity, X-Flex, EUniversal, ebalance-plus) and other relevant initiatives like ETIP SNET, ISGAN, and European Commission international engagements.

The second day focused on policy updates shared by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect) on the Data Act and AI Innovation Package, with DG Energy providing insights on the SET Plan. The day predominantly centered on collaborative work within the different working groups.

BRIDGE Working Groups Progress

During the BRIDGE General Assembly, significant progress was made across various working groups:

Working Group on Regulation:

Discussions surrounding energy storage underscored the need for a regulatory framework that delineates clear rules and responsibilities concerning ownership, competition, technical modalities, and financial conditions, applicable to both island and mainland contexts. Similarly, deliberations on smart grids highlighted regulatory challenges pertaining to incentives for demand-side response, commercial arrangements, collaboration with Transmission System Operators (TSO) and Distribution System Operators (DSO), smart meter data, and more.

Working Group on Business Models:

This group concentrated on establishing common language and frameworks for describing and evaluating business models. They also focused on identifying and assessing existing as well as innovative business models demonstrated within projects or use cases. Notably, efforts are underway to develop and test a simulation tool that facilitates the comparison of the profitability of various business models applicable to smart grids and energy storage solutions.

Working Group on Data Management:

Encompassing both technical and non-technical aspects, discussions within this group revolved around communication infrastructure necessary for data exchange, cybersecurity, data privacy, data handling frameworks, and related roles and responsibilities. Emphasis was placed on ensuring secure and interoperable data exchange, alongside the utilization of data analytics techniques for processing.

Working Group on Consumer and Citizen Engagement:

This group delved into various aspects of consumer and citizen engagement, including segmentation analysis considering cultural, geographical, and social dimensions, understanding customer value systems, drivers for engagement, effectiveness of engagement activities, and identification of triggers for behavioral changes, such as incentives. Furthermore, discussions centered on regulatory innovations aimed at empowering consumers.

Bridge General Assembly 2024- Working Groups achievements

Overall, the BRIDGE General Assembly provided an exceptional opportunity for stakeholders to converge, exchange ideas and best practices, and collaborate towards the common goal of creating a sustainable and efficient energy system. The assembly underscored the significance of collaboration and cross-sectoral engagement in achieving this collective objective.

Enhancing customer engagement in energy flexibility programs

Article authored by Rose Matthews, from Smart Innovation Norway

The BeFlexible project adopts a social sciences approach to customer engagement in energy flexibility programs. By leveraging Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to map and understand the relationships between various actors involved in flexibility pilots, the project aims to create a customer-centric engagement strategy that seamlessly integrates customers into pilot programs. This article delves into the key components of the BeFlexible project, focusing on recruitment, onboarding, continuous engagement, tailored pilots, strategic engagement processes, and the translation of strategy into action.

Recruitment, Onboarding, and Continuous Engagement

Central to the BeFlexible engagement strategy is the seamless integration of customers into pilot programs. The journey begins with recruitment, where customers are identified and invited to participate. Meticulous onboarding processes follow, ensuring that customers understand their roles and responsibilities within the program. Continuous engagement is maintained throughout the pilot programs, fostering sustained contact and interaction between customers and industry players. This customer-centric approach aims to actively involve end consumers and industry stakeholders in utilizing flexibility resources, thereby contributing to the overarching goals of the project.

Tailored Pilots: Addressing Diverse Objectives

The BeFlexible project employs a tailored approach to address specific objectives across diverse geographical regions:

  • In the Northern EU pilot, based in Sweden, the focus is on engaging Flexibility Service Providers at the industry and municipality level.
  • In contrast, the Southern EU and South-Western EU pilots target end consumers and householders directly.

These pilots operate on different timescales, necessitating a date-agnostic engagement strategy structured around key stages: recruitment, onboarding, usage, and continuance. By customizing the pilot demonstration framework to suit the unique characteristics of each region, the project maximizes its impact and effectiveness.

Strategic Engagement Process

A critical aspect highlighted in the BeFlexible project is the importance of targeted engagement activities. By tailoring efforts to customer archetypes identified earlier in the project, the engagement process becomes more effective and relevant. Local cultural nuances are taken into account, and customers’ past interactions with pilot partners are considered to enhance engagement strategies. The project adopts an experimental evaluation approach, testing various communication methods to gauge effectiveness and using these insights to refine strategies iteratively. This strategic engagement process ensures that customer engagement remains dynamic and responsive to evolving needs and preferences.

Turning the Strategy into Action

As the BeFlexible project progresses, the insights and methodologies outlined in the comprehensive report serve as a foundation for pilot partners to develop their individual engagement plans. By translating the engagement strategy into actionable plans, pilot partners can effectively implement customer-centric approaches in their respective regions. The project envisions a sustainable and flexible energy future where customers play an active role in shaping a resilient and adaptive energy ecosystem. By empowering customers to become active contributors rather than passive consumers, the BeFlexible project aims to drive positive change in the energy sector.

This article summarizes key takeaways from Deliverable 2.2, titled “Customer Engagement Strategies” developed within the framework of the BeFlexible project. To access the complete document, please click here.

Stay tuned about BeFlexible by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Article authored by Rose Matthews, from Smart Innovation Norway

The BeFlexible project adopts a social sciences approach to customer engagement in energy flexibility programs. By leveraging Actor-Network Theory (ANT) to map and understand the relationships between various actors involved in flexibility pilots, the project aims to create a customer-centric engagement strategy that seamlessly integrates customers into pilot programs. This article delves into the key components of the BeFlexible project, focusing on recruitment, onboarding, continuous engagement, tailored pilots, strategic engagement processes, and the translation of strategy into action.

Recruitment, Onboarding, and Continuous Engagement

Central to the BeFlexible engagement strategy is the seamless integration of customers into pilot programs. The journey begins with recruitment, where customers are identified and invited to participate. Meticulous onboarding processes follow, ensuring that customers understand their roles and responsibilities within the program. Continuous engagement is maintained throughout the pilot programs, fostering sustained contact and interaction between customers and industry players. This customer-centric approach aims to actively involve end consumers and industry stakeholders in utilizing flexibility resources, thereby contributing to the overarching goals of the project.

Tailored Pilots: Addressing Diverse Objectives

The BeFlexible project employs a tailored approach to address specific objectives across diverse geographical regions:

  • In the Northern EU pilot, based in Sweden, the focus is on engaging Flexibility Service Providers at the industry and municipality level.
  • In contrast, the Southern EU and South-Western EU pilots target end consumers and householders directly.

These pilots operate on different timescales, necessitating a date-agnostic engagement strategy structured around key stages: recruitment, onboarding, usage, and continuance. By customizing the pilot demonstration framework to suit the unique characteristics of each region, the project maximizes its impact and effectiveness.

Strategic Engagement Process

A critical aspect highlighted in the BeFlexible project is the importance of targeted engagement activities. By tailoring efforts to customer archetypes identified earlier in the project, the engagement process becomes more effective and relevant. Local cultural nuances are taken into account, and customers’ past interactions with pilot partners are considered to enhance engagement strategies. The project adopts an experimental evaluation approach, testing various communication methods to gauge effectiveness and using these insights to refine strategies iteratively. This strategic engagement process ensures that customer engagement remains dynamic and responsive to evolving needs and preferences.

Turning the Strategy into Action

As the BeFlexible project progresses, the insights and methodologies outlined in the comprehensive report serve as a foundation for pilot partners to develop their individual engagement plans. By translating the engagement strategy into actionable plans, pilot partners can effectively implement customer-centric approaches in their respective regions. The project envisions a sustainable and flexible energy future where customers play an active role in shaping a resilient and adaptive energy ecosystem. By empowering customers to become active contributors rather than passive consumers, the BeFlexible project aims to drive positive change in the energy sector.

This article summarizes key takeaways from Deliverable 2.2, titled “Customer Engagement Strategies” developed within the framework of the BeFlexible project. To access the complete document, please click here.

Stay tuned about BeFlexible by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Flexibility characterization, customer engagement strategy and implementation for power flexibility users

Article authored by Ione López González, from Iberdrola

Characterizing power flexibility is crucial in today’s dynamic energy landscape. As we delve into understanding the diverse aspects of power flexibility, it is essential to explore customer engagement strategies and their effective implementation for power flexibility users.

Characterizing Power Flexibility

Power flexibility refers to the ability of a power system to respond to changes in power demand and supply. This can involve adjusting generation, consumption, or storage in reaction to market signals, grid conditions, congestions or other factors. The characterization of power flexibility involves understanding its dimensions in terms of time, energy volumes, resources, buffers, and energy needs.

Flexibility in power markets and systems requires a comprehensive assessment of constraints, barriers, and time scales. This includes gate closure and physical delivery considerations. Characterization, research, and analysis are essential to identify the potential resources for flexibility and the technical and economic aspects of utilizing them effectively.

Furthermore, the characterization of flexibility providers plays a significant role in understanding demand-side flexibility. Methodologies for quantifying energy flexibility available all service providers are critical for leveraging this resource optimally.

Customer Engagement Strategy

Engaging customers in the realm of power flexibility involves creating awareness of social benefits, providing incentives, and facilitating their participation in demand response programs, energy efficiency initiatives, and distributed energy resource management with hardware and software tools. An effective customer engagement strategy aims to empower users to make informed decisions about their energy usage while contributing to grid stability and sustainability.

Personalized communication, user-friendly interfaces, and transparent information on the benefits of flexible energy usage are key components of customer engagement strategies. By involving customers in the dialogue about power flexibility, utilities and energy service providers can foster a sense of ownership and responsibility among users.

Implementation for Power Flexibility Users

Implementing power flexibility strategies requires collaboration among stakeholders including utilities, regulatory bodies, technology providers, and end-users. It involves deploying advanced metering infrastructure, smart grid technologies, and IoT-enabled devices for real-time monitoring and control.

For power flexibility users, implementation involves access to user-friendly platforms that provide insights into their energy consumption patterns, real-time pricing signals, and options for load shifting or curtailing during peak periods. Incentive programs such as time-of-use pricing or demand response incentives can encourage active participation from users.

Moreover, integrating renewable energy sources with storage technologies enables users to capitalize on clean energy generation while contributing to grid stability through flexible usage patterns.

In conclusion, understanding the characterization of power flexibility is essential for shaping customer engagement strategies and their successful implementation for power flexibility users. By fostering collaboration between stakeholders and empowering end-users with knowledge and tools, we can harness the full potential of power flexibility while driving sustainable energy practices.

This article summarizes key takeaways from Deliverable 6.2, titled “Flexibility Characterization and Customer Engagement Strategy implementation report” developed within the framework of the BeFlexible project. To access the complete document, please click here.

 

Stay tuned about BeFlexible by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Article authored by Ione López González, from Iberdrola

Characterizing power flexibility is crucial in today’s dynamic energy landscape. As we delve into understanding the diverse aspects of power flexibility, it is essential to explore customer engagement strategies and their effective implementation for power flexibility users.

Characterizing Power Flexibility

Power flexibility refers to the ability of a power system to respond to changes in power demand and supply. This can involve adjusting generation, consumption, or storage in reaction to market signals, grid conditions, congestions or other factors. The characterization of power flexibility involves understanding its dimensions in terms of time, energy volumes, resources, buffers, and energy needs.

Flexibility in power markets and systems requires a comprehensive assessment of constraints, barriers, and time scales. This includes gate closure and physical delivery considerations. Characterization, research, and analysis are essential to identify the potential resources for flexibility and the technical and economic aspects of utilizing them effectively.

Furthermore, the characterization of flexibility providers plays a significant role in understanding demand-side flexibility. Methodologies for quantifying energy flexibility available all service providers are critical for leveraging this resource optimally.

Customer Engagement Strategy

Engaging customers in the realm of power flexibility involves creating awareness of social benefits, providing incentives, and facilitating their participation in demand response programs, energy efficiency initiatives, and distributed energy resource management with hardware and software tools. An effective customer engagement strategy aims to empower users to make informed decisions about their energy usage while contributing to grid stability and sustainability.

Personalized communication, user-friendly interfaces, and transparent information on the benefits of flexible energy usage are key components of customer engagement strategies. By involving customers in the dialogue about power flexibility, utilities and energy service providers can foster a sense of ownership and responsibility among users.

Implementation for Power Flexibility Users

Implementing power flexibility strategies requires collaboration among stakeholders including utilities, regulatory bodies, technology providers, and end-users. It involves deploying advanced metering infrastructure, smart grid technologies, and IoT-enabled devices for real-time monitoring and control.

For power flexibility users, implementation involves access to user-friendly platforms that provide insights into their energy consumption patterns, real-time pricing signals, and options for load shifting or curtailing during peak periods. Incentive programs such as time-of-use pricing or demand response incentives can encourage active participation from users.

Moreover, integrating renewable energy sources with storage technologies enables users to capitalize on clean energy generation while contributing to grid stability through flexible usage patterns.

In conclusion, understanding the characterization of power flexibility is essential for shaping customer engagement strategies and their successful implementation for power flexibility users. By fostering collaboration between stakeholders and empowering end-users with knowledge and tools, we can harness the full potential of power flexibility while driving sustainable energy practices.

This article summarizes key takeaways from Deliverable 6.2, titled “Flexibility Characterization and Customer Engagement Strategy implementation report” developed within the framework of the BeFlexible project. To access the complete document, please click here.

 

Stay tuned about BeFlexible by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Improving flexibility markets and prosumers engagement

Article by Giorgia Lattanzio and Marco Rossi, from Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE S.p.A)

The objective of a carbon neutral Europe in 2050 has unleashed a steep increase of renewable energy production, a kind of energy characterized by volatility and unpredictability. To comply with these characteristics, the energy system is becoming more flexible exploiting a coordinated exercise between production and consumption. Those units able to provide flexibility to manage loading/voltage congestions are mostly connected to distribution grid, thus the new electric system leverages on the possibility, not only for DSO, but also for TSO to rely on distribution resources. Therefore, DSO are assuming two different new roles: buyers of flexibility services and neutral facilitators to allow TSO the procurement of global services. Here the necessity of a coordination between TSO and DSO arises: how to efficiently use flexible and shared resources?

BeFlexible’s pilot in Italy

In Italy, pilot projects have been launched to introduce the procurement of flexibility services for DSO. BeFlexible collects the experience from two of them: EDGE by E-Distribuzione and RomeFlex by Areti. Different procurement approaches have been defined and will be tested in 2024:

  • EDGE considers the use of long-term contracts to procure flexibility and a real-time activation when services are needed.
  • RomeFlex considers long-term contracts and short-term markets, where qualified service providers can offer flexibility services.

In the meantime, the Italian TSO Terna developed the Dynamic Traffic Light Mechanism: a coordination architecture that allow DSO to update grid constraints relatively to the maximum allowed flexibility volume on a certain grid portion. DSO can specify the network status by means of the traffic light concept:  when the DSO observes that the modulation of a flexible unit could produce critical conditions, DSO will associate a colour and the capability to each pre-defined grid portion.

To optimize the overall system costs, the possibility of service providers to participate to the provision of both global and local services (to TSO and DSO respectively) is fundamental because market liquidity would increase and so does competitivity. However, the definition of a market coordination is necessary in such context. For this reason, in the BeFlexible South-Mid demo a possible coordination scheme concerning how to select shared resources is defined and tested. A well-functioning scheme should be able to give valuable economic benefits reducing grid reinforcement costs which then pass on consumers bills, assuring distribution and transmission network stability and contributing to reach the objective of the energy transition (environmental values). To promote a smart use of the energy system means to reduce network issues at small costs; a target which can be achieved more likely when consumer engagement and energy awareness of final users (social values) are empowered. Furthermore, comfort and convenience values for users are fundamental to allow the overall system to sustain itself: for example, if enabling processes for the provision of services are facilitated and unified/standardized, the effort required to service providers is reduced, thus comfort increases, and a greater number of flexibility markets participants is expected. This would contribute to further increase competitivity with the consequence of minimizing costs.

Conclusive remarks

The first task of the South-Mid demo analyses the concept of a coordination mechanism looking at market and technical aspects. The Crowd Balancing Platform is presented as a single-entry point to facilitate access to the service provision, and a coordination mechanism is defined looking at the different procurement phases: registration, prequalification, market and monitoring and activation phases. Expected benefits are pointed out looking at all the previously delineated values.

This article summarizes key takeaways from Deliverable 4.1, titled “DEMO 1 Methodological report.” To access the complete document, please click here.

Stay tuned about BeFlexible by following us on LinkedIn and Twitter!

Article by Giorgia Lattanzio and Marco Rossi, from Ricerca sul Sistema Energetico (RSE S.p.A)

The objective of a carbon neutral Europe in 2050 has unleashed a steep increase of renewable energy production, a kind of energy characterized by volatility and unpredictability. To comply with these characteristics, the energy system is becoming more flexible exploiting a coordinated exercise between production and consumption. Those units able to provide flexibility to manage loading/voltage congestions are mostly connected to distribution grid, thus the new electric system leverages on the possibility, not only for DSO, but also for TSO to rely on distribution resources. Therefore, DSO are assuming two different new roles: buyers of flexibility services and neutral facilitators to allow TSO the procurement of global services. Here the necessity of a coordination between TSO and DSO arises: how to efficiently use flexible and shared resources?

BeFlexible’s pilot in Italy

In Italy, pilot projects have been launched to introduce the procurement of flexibility services for DSO. BeFlexible collects the experience from two of them: EDGE by E-Distribuzione and RomeFlex by Areti. Different procurement approaches have been defined and will be tested in 2024:

  • EDGE considers the use of long-term contracts to procure flexibility and a real-time activation when services are needed.
  • RomeFlex considers long-term contracts and short-term markets, where qualified service providers can offer flexibility services.

In the meantime, the Italian TSO Terna developed the Dynamic Traffic Light Mechanism: a coordination architecture that allow DSO to update grid constraints relatively to the maximum allowed flexibility volume on a certain grid portion. DSO can specify the network status by means of the traffic light concept:  when the DSO observes that the modulation of a flexible unit could produce critical conditions, DSO will associate a colour and the capability to each pre-defined grid portion.

To optimize the overall system costs, the possibility of service providers to participate to the provision of both global and local services (to TSO and DSO respectively) is fundamental because market liquidity would increase and so does competitivity. However, the definition of a market coordination is necessary in such context. For this reason, in the BeFlexible South-Mid demo a possible coordination scheme concerning how to select shared resources is defined and tested. A well-functioning scheme should be able to give valuable economic benefits reducing grid reinforcement costs which then pass on consumers bills, assuring distribution and transmission network stability and contributing to reach the objective of the energy transition (environmental values). To promote a smart use of the energy system means to reduce network issues at small costs; a target which can be achieved more likely when consumer engagement and energy awareness of final users (social values) are empowered. Furthermore, comfort and convenience values for users are fundamental to allow the overall system to sustain itself: for example, if enabling processes for the provision of services are facilitated and unified/standardized, the effort required to service providers is reduced, thus comfort increases, and a greater number of flexibility markets participants is expected. This would contribute to further increase competitivity with the consequence of minimizing costs.

Conclusive remarks

The first task of the South-Mid demo analyses the concept of a coordination mechanism looking at market and technical aspects. The Crowd Balancing Platform is presented as a single-entry point to facilitate access to the service provision, and a coordination mechanism is defined looking at the different procurement phases: registration, prequalification, market and monitoring and activation phases. Expected benefits are pointed out looking at all the previously delineated values.

This article summarizes key takeaways from Deliverable 4.1, titled “DEMO 1 Methodological report.” To access the complete document, please click here.

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BeFlexible in short: how is our project working towards a more flexible energy system?

Watch our new project video summarizing our goals, action points and pilots

 

Exciting news is on the horizon at BeFlexible as we proudly unveil our latest project video, a comprehensive guide to understanding how we are driving change towards a more flexible energy system. This video encapsulates our mission, goals, action points, and ongoing pilot programs.

At BeFlexible, our commitment lies in the intersection of innovation and sustainability, as we work towards reshaping the energy landscape with a focus on adaptability and resilience.

Our mission revolves around redefining the conventional energy system, moving from a rigid structure to one that seamlessly adapts to the evolving needs of our planet. For a clearer understanding of our endeavors, we encourage you to explore our latest project video:

 

Stay tuned for updates!

You can follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

Watch our new project video summarizing our goals, action points and pilots

 

Exciting news is on the horizon at BeFlexible as we proudly unveil our latest project video, a comprehensive guide to understanding how we are driving change towards a more flexible energy system. This video encapsulates our mission, goals, action points, and ongoing pilot programs.

At BeFlexible, our commitment lies in the intersection of innovation and sustainability, as we work towards reshaping the energy landscape with a focus on adaptability and resilience.

Our mission revolves around redefining the conventional energy system, moving from a rigid structure to one that seamlessly adapts to the evolving needs of our planet. For a clearer understanding of our endeavors, we encourage you to explore our latest project video:

 

Stay tuned for updates!

You can follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

BeFlexible’s collaborative session at ENLIT Europe sparks insightful dialogues

ENLIT Europe unfolded its dynamic energy landscape from November 28 to 30 in Paris, featuring a session organized by BeFlexible in collaboration with ENFLATE and STREAM projects. Held on November 28 from 13:30 to 14:30, the session, titled “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?” provided attendees with a platform for thoughtful discussions.

The event, which attracted over 150 enthusiasts eager to explore the intricacies of the evolving energy sector, featured speakers whose expertise elevated the discussions:

  • Fernando David Martin Utrilla: i-DE (Iberdrola group), BEFLEXIBLE Project Coordinator.
  • Jan Jeriha: University of Ljubljana, Stream_HE Project Coordinator.
  • Katerina Drivakou: UBITECH, ENFLATE Project Coordinator.
  • Ricardo Bessa: INESC TEC, Keynote Speaker, BeFlexible Project.
  • Susana Garayoa: Moderator and Institutional Relations at Zabala Innovation Europe, and part of BeFlexible EU.

Unlocking flexibility markets

The panel delved into critical topics surrounding flexibility markets, offering valuable insights into the energy sector’s future possibilities. Discussion points included barriers and motivations driving consumer engagement, platform interoperability, and evolving regulatory frameworks. The session emphasized a paradigm shift towards intelligent grid connectivity for consumers, recognizing the demand for incentives, education, feedback, and support in active participation.

Highlighting the pivotal role of platforms, the panel explored possibilities within various EU-funded cluster projects. Regulatory challenges and proposed flexible service solutions were also discussed.

Key takeaways from the keynote speaker, Ricardo Bessa, included the challenge of long-term customer engagement in flexibility markets, the potential of a combination of monetary and non-monetary incentives to unlock flexibility, the need for increased consumer information and energy literacy, and the bottleneck of low voltage grids for decarbonization, requiring new planning and operational paradigms.

Moreover, he explained that interoperability between platforms, systems, and services is fundamental for fast and cost-effective flexibility exploitation.

Addressing regulatory complexities, Bessa highlighted the growing challenge of accommodating new Distributed Energy Resources (DER), roles, and business models, with a specific focus on cross-border harmonization, the explicit integration of flexibility in security of supply assessments, and the implementation of cost-reflective network charges.

The event not only facilitated knowledge exchange but underscored the collaborative efforts necessary to shape the future of the energy landscape.

BeFlexible extends sincere thanks to all participants for their active involvement. The collaborative spirit and commitment to innovation have set the stage for continued exploration in the ever-evolving energy landscape.

ENLIT Europe unfolded its dynamic energy landscape from November 28 to 30 in Paris, featuring a session organized by BeFlexible in collaboration with ENFLATE and STREAM projects. Held on November 28 from 13:30 to 14:30, the session, titled “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?” provided attendees with a platform for thoughtful discussions.

The event, which attracted over 150 enthusiasts eager to explore the intricacies of the evolving energy sector, featured speakers whose expertise elevated the discussions:

  • Fernando David Martin Utrilla: i-DE (Iberdrola group), BEFLEXIBLE Project Coordinator.
  • Jan Jeriha: University of Ljubljana, Stream_HE Project Coordinator.
  • Katerina Drivakou: UBITECH, ENFLATE Project Coordinator.
  • Ricardo Bessa: INESC TEC, Keynote Speaker, BeFlexible Project.
  • Susana Garayoa: Moderator and Institutional Relations at Zabala Innovation Europe, and part of BeFlexible EU.

Unlocking flexibility markets

The panel delved into critical topics surrounding flexibility markets, offering valuable insights into the energy sector’s future possibilities. Discussion points included barriers and motivations driving consumer engagement, platform interoperability, and evolving regulatory frameworks. The session emphasized a paradigm shift towards intelligent grid connectivity for consumers, recognizing the demand for incentives, education, feedback, and support in active participation.

Highlighting the pivotal role of platforms, the panel explored possibilities within various EU-funded cluster projects. Regulatory challenges and proposed flexible service solutions were also discussed.

Key takeaways from the keynote speaker, Ricardo Bessa, included the challenge of long-term customer engagement in flexibility markets, the potential of a combination of monetary and non-monetary incentives to unlock flexibility, the need for increased consumer information and energy literacy, and the bottleneck of low voltage grids for decarbonization, requiring new planning and operational paradigms.

Moreover, he explained that interoperability between platforms, systems, and services is fundamental for fast and cost-effective flexibility exploitation.

Addressing regulatory complexities, Bessa highlighted the growing challenge of accommodating new Distributed Energy Resources (DER), roles, and business models, with a specific focus on cross-border harmonization, the explicit integration of flexibility in security of supply assessments, and the implementation of cost-reflective network charges.

The event not only facilitated knowledge exchange but underscored the collaborative efforts necessary to shape the future of the energy landscape.

BeFlexible extends sincere thanks to all participants for their active involvement. The collaborative spirit and commitment to innovation have set the stage for continued exploration in the ever-evolving energy landscape.

Europe advances towards greater energy flexibility in the first year of the BeFlexible project

The initiative, funded by the European Commission, celebrates its first anniversary under the coordination of i-DE, the distribution company of the Iberdrola Group

 

The European project BeFlexible recently celebrated its first anniversary in the city of Porto, Portugal, marking a year of dedicated efforts to promote energy flexibility in Europe. This innovative initiative, led by i-DE, the distributor of the Iberdrola Group, brought together its consortium at the facilities of InescTec, the Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology, and Science, to hold its General Assembly. With this project, the Iberdrola Group’s distributor in Spain takes a strategic step forward for the electricity distribution activity, as the promotion of flexibility is key to enabling a much more efficient use of the grids.

 

The BeFlexible project, funded by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe program, aims to empower the participation of “prosumers” in generating electricity from renewable sources and increase the flexibility of the entire electrical system. This initiative is intended to transform the European energy system, directing it toward a more sustainable and adaptable future, in line with the European Union’s commitments to combating climate change and promoting clean and renewable energy sources.

 

During the first year of the BeFlexible project, significant progress has been made in preparing and establishing the necessary procedures for its execution. BeFlexible will carry out various pilots in Italy, Sweden, Spain, and France, demonstrating the versatility of the concept in different environments, from types of consumers to geographical and climatic areas, with the aim of evaluating the impact of the proposed services, platforms, and architectures. These pilots will validate customer participation strategies and promote adoption in the market. The strategic pilots that are part of this ambitious project are in preparation and will soon begin their implementation in different European countries.

 

One of the highlights of this project is the close collaboration among the 21 partners and the 3 affiliated entities from 7 European countries that make up the consortium. The involvement and commitment of these partners, including DSOs, TSOs, aggregators, research and development centers, universities, and industrial technology providers, have been essential for the successful progress of BeFlexible.

Furthermore, BeFlexible collaborates closely with other projects funded under the same call, STREAM and ENFLATE, thus strengthening cooperation between initiatives that share similar objectives and challenges in the European Energy Transition. Both projects were presented at the BeFlexible General Assembly by their coordinators from the University of Ljubljana and Ubitech Energy.

The BeFlexible project aligns with the current climate goals of the European Union, the Fit for 55 package, as well as the Recovery Plan and actions and roadmaps implemented by the European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET).

Boosting engagement to increase flexibility

One of the main challenges Europe faces is the growing production of renewable energy and the need for a modern and flexible electricity market that can integrate a higher proportion of clean energy sources.

BeFlexible aims to overcome these limitations through versatile solutions that allow networks to adapt to future scenarios and promote mechanisms that benefit all players in the energy market. The BeFlexible project is based on four main blocks:

  • Market and Regulation Analysis: A flexible framework for new business opportunities will be defined.
  • Service Ecosystem: A wide range of flexibility solutions and cross-cutting services will be offered to end-users.
  • Platforms and Architectures: A Business and Network Data (GDBN) network and system architecture will be implemented to ensure complete data interoperability.
  • Customer Participation: A social co-creation approach will be adopted to meet consumer needs.

Next meeting point with stakeholders

BeFlexible is preparing for its participation in the ENLIT Europe event, one of the most relevant forums in the European energy industry. This event will take place in Paris from November 28 to 30 and will be a unique opportunity for the project to present itself to key players in the sector. At ENLIT, BeFlexible has organized a special session on November 28th titled “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?” where the speakers will address the crucial topic of energy flexibility. The project will also be present at the pavilion, engaging with attendees.

The initiative, funded by the European Commission, celebrates its first anniversary under the coordination of i-DE, the distribution company of the Iberdrola Group

 

The European project BeFlexible recently celebrated its first anniversary in the city of Porto, Portugal, marking a year of dedicated efforts to promote energy flexibility in Europe. This innovative initiative, led by i-DE, the distributor of the Iberdrola Group, brought together its consortium at the facilities of InescTec, the Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology, and Science, to hold its General Assembly. With this project, the Iberdrola Group’s distributor in Spain takes a strategic step forward for the electricity distribution activity, as the promotion of flexibility is key to enabling a much more efficient use of the grids.

 

The BeFlexible project, funded by the European Commission through the Horizon Europe program, aims to empower the participation of “prosumers” in generating electricity from renewable sources and increase the flexibility of the entire electrical system. This initiative is intended to transform the European energy system, directing it toward a more sustainable and adaptable future, in line with the European Union’s commitments to combating climate change and promoting clean and renewable energy sources.

 

During the first year of the BeFlexible project, significant progress has been made in preparing and establishing the necessary procedures for its execution. BeFlexible will carry out various pilots in Italy, Sweden, Spain, and France, demonstrating the versatility of the concept in different environments, from types of consumers to geographical and climatic areas, with the aim of evaluating the impact of the proposed services, platforms, and architectures. These pilots will validate customer participation strategies and promote adoption in the market. The strategic pilots that are part of this ambitious project are in preparation and will soon begin their implementation in different European countries.

 

One of the highlights of this project is the close collaboration among the 21 partners and the 3 affiliated entities from 7 European countries that make up the consortium. The involvement and commitment of these partners, including DSOs, TSOs, aggregators, research and development centers, universities, and industrial technology providers, have been essential for the successful progress of BeFlexible.

Furthermore, BeFlexible collaborates closely with other projects funded under the same call, STREAM and ENFLATE, thus strengthening cooperation between initiatives that share similar objectives and challenges in the European Energy Transition. Both projects were presented at the BeFlexible General Assembly by their coordinators from the University of Ljubljana and Ubitech Energy.

The BeFlexible project aligns with the current climate goals of the European Union, the Fit for 55 package, as well as the Recovery Plan and actions and roadmaps implemented by the European Technology and Innovation Platform Smart Networks for Energy Transition (ETIP SNET).

Boosting engagement to increase flexibility

One of the main challenges Europe faces is the growing production of renewable energy and the need for a modern and flexible electricity market that can integrate a higher proportion of clean energy sources.

BeFlexible aims to overcome these limitations through versatile solutions that allow networks to adapt to future scenarios and promote mechanisms that benefit all players in the energy market. The BeFlexible project is based on four main blocks:

  • Market and Regulation Analysis: A flexible framework for new business opportunities will be defined.
  • Service Ecosystem: A wide range of flexibility solutions and cross-cutting services will be offered to end-users.
  • Platforms and Architectures: A Business and Network Data (GDBN) network and system architecture will be implemented to ensure complete data interoperability.
  • Customer Participation: A social co-creation approach will be adopted to meet consumer needs.

Next meeting point with stakeholders

BeFlexible is preparing for its participation in the ENLIT Europe event, one of the most relevant forums in the European energy industry. This event will take place in Paris from November 28 to 30 and will be a unique opportunity for the project to present itself to key players in the sector. At ENLIT, BeFlexible has organized a special session on November 28th titled “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?” where the speakers will address the crucial topic of energy flexibility. The project will also be present at the pavilion, engaging with attendees.

BeFlexible at ENLIT: Navigating the future of energy innovation

BEFLEXIBLE is thrilled to announce its participation in ENLIT, the dynamic forum shaping the future of the energy sector. ENLIT will take place from November 28 to 30 in Paris, France. BeFlexible invites you to join our session, in collaboration with ENFLATE and STREAM projects, on November 28 from 13:30 to 14:30. The session, titled “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?” will feature BeFlexible’s project coordinator, David Martín. Attend our session at the EU Projects Zone Hub-Theatre 1 (Hall 7.2)!

Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?

In response to the imperative to double flexibility in the EU power system by 2030, as highlighted in a recent report by ACER & EEA, our session will explore the transformative influence of three pioneering EU projects: BEFLEXIBLE, ENFLATE, and STREAM. Representatives from I-de (Iberdrola Group), UBITECH ENERGY, and the University of Ljubljana will delve into fundamental aspects of customer engagement and the evolution of services and platforms towards a fully integrated energy system. Join us in unlocking the limitless potential within the realm of flexibility, recognizing its vital role in shaping a more sustainable and adaptable future.

AGENDA

13:30 – 13:35 Welcome by the moderator, Susana Garayoa, Institutional Relations at Zabala Innovation

13:35 – 13:45 Keynote Speech

13:45 – 14:10 Panel Session: “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?”

  • David Martín, i-DE, BEFLEXIBLE Project Coordinator
  • Jan Jeriha, University of Ljubljana, STREAM Project Coordinator
  • Katerina Drivakou, ENFLATE Project Coordinator

14:10 – 14:20 Questions & Answers

14:20 – 14:30 Closing Remarks

BEFLEXIBLE Stand

Visit our dedicated stand at 7.2.C120 during the three days, where we will showcase our project, objectives, and expected results.

About ENLIT

Enlit is dedicated to fostering a transformative energy landscape in Europe by forging connections across industries, igniting proactive measures through inspiration, and steering the continent towards a decarbonized, digitalized energy system for a seamless energy transition. Covering every facet from energy source to generation and from the grid to the end consumer, Enlit stands as a dynamic, expansive forum that continuously evolves. This inclusive platform serves as a nexus, uniting established industry leaders, disruptors, startups, and enthusiastic end-users. Through collaboration, innovation, and shared inspiration, Enlit empowers the current generation and motivates the next to actively contribute to the ongoing energy transition. This in-person event brings together 12,000 attendees annually.

About our cluster projects

The synergy created by BEFLEXIBLE, STREAM, and ENFLATE as a cluster enhances our ability to address cross-cutting issues, increase our impact, and drive the transition towards a more flexible and sustainable energy system. The three project were funded by the European Commission (EC) under the topic “HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-06 – Increasing energy system flexibility based on sector-integration services to consumers”. This common funding source reflects our shared objective of enhancing energy system flexibility and promoting collaboration between Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs).

  •  The STREAM project aims to create an innovative and robust flexibility ecosystem on the low voltage grid side of existing power markets. The project recognizes the disruption caused by the continuous addition of various prosumers, aggregators, and other service providers, which has made the traditional power market structure more complex.
  • The ENFLATE project will build upon existing solutions on data-driven energy services and non-energy services, and replicate them in different geographies, climates and consumer needs. It will propose applicable consumer-centred flexibility platforms and test them in Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, engaging local consumers, as well as authorities, service providers, manufacturers and academia. Efficient business models will be developed and tested, combining energy services with health and mobility services.

More about BEFLEXIBLE

BeFlexible is committed to increasing energy system flexibility, enhancing cooperation among Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs), and facilitating the participation of all energy-related actors. The project is structured around four main blocks: market and regulations analysis, service ecosystem definition, platforms and architectures implementation, and customer engagement with a social co-creation approach.

BeFlexible’s versatility will be demonstrated through diverse pilots in Italy, Sweden, Spain, and France, covering a wide range of consumer energy behaviors, grid typologies, and climate conditions. The project aims to validate consumer engagement strategies, enabling appropriate interaction between all energy actors and fostering market uptake.

Join us at ENLIT as we collectively shape the future of energy innovation!

BEFLEXIBLE is thrilled to announce its participation in ENLIT, the dynamic forum shaping the future of the energy sector. ENLIT will take place from November 28 to 30 in Paris, France. BeFlexible invites you to join our session, in collaboration with ENFLATE and STREAM projects, on November 28 from 13:30 to 14:30. The session, titled “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?” will feature BeFlexible’s project coordinator, David Martín. Attend our session at the EU Projects Zone Hub-Theatre 1 (Hall 7.2)!

Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?

In response to the imperative to double flexibility in the EU power system by 2030, as highlighted in a recent report by ACER & EEA, our session will explore the transformative influence of three pioneering EU projects: BEFLEXIBLE, ENFLATE, and STREAM. Representatives from I-de (Iberdrola Group), UBITECH ENERGY, and the University of Ljubljana will delve into fundamental aspects of customer engagement and the evolution of services and platforms towards a fully integrated energy system. Join us in unlocking the limitless potential within the realm of flexibility, recognizing its vital role in shaping a more sustainable and adaptable future.

AGENDA

13:30 – 13:35 Welcome by the moderator, Susana Garayoa, Institutional Relations at Zabala Innovation

13:35 – 13:45 Keynote Speech

13:45 – 14:10 Panel Session: “Unlocking Flexibility Markets: Are Customers Ready to Embrace Innovation?”

  • David Martín, i-DE, BEFLEXIBLE Project Coordinator
  • Jan Jeriha, University of Ljubljana, STREAM Project Coordinator
  • Katerina Drivakou, ENFLATE Project Coordinator

14:10 – 14:20 Questions & Answers

14:20 – 14:30 Closing Remarks

BEFLEXIBLE Stand

Visit our dedicated stand at 7.2.C120 during the three days, where we will showcase our project, objectives, and expected results.

About ENLIT

Enlit is dedicated to fostering a transformative energy landscape in Europe by forging connections across industries, igniting proactive measures through inspiration, and steering the continent towards a decarbonized, digitalized energy system for a seamless energy transition. Covering every facet from energy source to generation and from the grid to the end consumer, Enlit stands as a dynamic, expansive forum that continuously evolves. This inclusive platform serves as a nexus, uniting established industry leaders, disruptors, startups, and enthusiastic end-users. Through collaboration, innovation, and shared inspiration, Enlit empowers the current generation and motivates the next to actively contribute to the ongoing energy transition. This in-person event brings together 12,000 attendees annually.

About our cluster projects

The synergy created by BEFLEXIBLE, STREAM, and ENFLATE as a cluster enhances our ability to address cross-cutting issues, increase our impact, and drive the transition towards a more flexible and sustainable energy system. The three project were funded by the European Commission (EC) under the topic “HORIZON-CL5-2021-D3-02-06 – Increasing energy system flexibility based on sector-integration services to consumers”. This common funding source reflects our shared objective of enhancing energy system flexibility and promoting collaboration between Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs).

  •  The STREAM project aims to create an innovative and robust flexibility ecosystem on the low voltage grid side of existing power markets. The project recognizes the disruption caused by the continuous addition of various prosumers, aggregators, and other service providers, which has made the traditional power market structure more complex.
  • The ENFLATE project will build upon existing solutions on data-driven energy services and non-energy services, and replicate them in different geographies, climates and consumer needs. It will propose applicable consumer-centred flexibility platforms and test them in Bulgaria, Greece, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland, engaging local consumers, as well as authorities, service providers, manufacturers and academia. Efficient business models will be developed and tested, combining energy services with health and mobility services.

More about BEFLEXIBLE

BeFlexible is committed to increasing energy system flexibility, enhancing cooperation among Distribution System Operators (DSOs) and Transmission System Operators (TSOs), and facilitating the participation of all energy-related actors. The project is structured around four main blocks: market and regulations analysis, service ecosystem definition, platforms and architectures implementation, and customer engagement with a social co-creation approach.

BeFlexible’s versatility will be demonstrated through diverse pilots in Italy, Sweden, Spain, and France, covering a wide range of consumer energy behaviors, grid typologies, and climate conditions. The project aims to validate consumer engagement strategies, enabling appropriate interaction between all energy actors and fostering market uptake.

Join us at ENLIT as we collectively shape the future of energy innovation!

Webinar recording | Enticing residential consumers to become electricity flexibility providers

Are you curious about the future of energy and the role you can play in it? On October 25, 2023, at 13:00 CEST, ISGAN Virtual Learning hosted an insightful webinar featuring Carmen Valor and Valeria Karina Moreno from Comillas Pontifical University. The webinar delved into the exciting possibilities of transforming residential consumers into electricity flexibility providers.

Breaking down the barriers

Residential consumers have long been seen as passive recipients of electricity, but times are changing. Numerous studies have highlighted the challenges that homeowners face when trying to become providers of flexibility services. These obstacles have often deterred them from actively participating in the energy market.

However, recent research conducted with consumers has unearthed untapped needs that, when addressed, can unlock a world of opportunities. This is where the BeFlexible project comes into play. We propose five compelling value propositions that can persuade residential consumers to embrace their role as flexibility providers.

The webinar focused on two key messages:

  1. Flexibility Provision Creates Value for Consumers: Understand how participating in the energy market can benefit you, your home, and the planet.
  2. Five Value Propositions to Entice Consumers: Explore innovative approaches to motivate consumers to embrace their role as flexibility providers.

Recap of the event

The webinar provided valuable insights for a diverse audience, including:

  • Policy makers: Gained insights into shaping energy policies for the benefit of both consumers and the grid.
  • Senior and junior engineers: Discovered the technical aspects of consumer-centric flexibility provision.
  • ESCOs (Energy Service Companies): Explored new business opportunities in the energy market.
  • Aggregators: Learned how to harness the power of residential flexibility for operations.

This webinar was an opportunity to be at the forefront of a transformative energy landscape and it provided a retrospective view of the future of energy. The insights shared during the webinar aimed to shape the way individuals think about electricity and the evolving role of residential consumers in the energy sector.

You can find the recording of the webinar here: