One step closer to the future. The SmartNet Final Workshop

On 16 May in Arona, the SmartNet Project held its final workshop to share and discuss the key findings with the most important European stakeholders. After presentations the project results, we collected relevant insights into our research through a debate.
In Europe, there is a sharp increase in reserve needs for coping with the variability introduced by a steadily increasing RES share in the generation. The main aim of the SmartNet project was to compare different TSO-DSO coordination schemes for acquiring ancillary services from distributed resources.

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Five coordination schemes were analysed in depth corresponding to different typologies (centralized, decentralized) and roles of the network operators (TSO and DSO), four of them were implemented in simulation and compared in their technical and economic performance on the basis of three national scenarios referred to the target year 2030 for Italy, Denmark and Spain.


Why testing five different TSO-DSO coordination schemes?

In the context of the Final Workshop in Arona, Jean-Michel Glachant (Florence School of Regulation) interviews Helena Gerard (SmartNet Project/Vito) on the five coordination schemes analysed by the project to learn more about the SmartNet research and its final outcomes.

What is new about the coordination of TSO and DSO?

What did SmartNet deliver in this context?

Norela Constantinescu (ENTSOE), who attended our final workshop in Arona, shared with us her view on the theme of TSO-DSO coordination highlighting the implications of the research results achieved by the SmartNet Project and the future steps that will be taken by the INTERRFACE project.

One step closer to the future electricity markets


All the presentations are available here


The SmartNet project arises from the need to find answers and propose new practical solutions to the increasing integration of Renewable Energy Sources in the existing electricity transmission network. The subsequent technological (r)evolution is not only affecting the structure of the electricity markets, but also the interactions between TSOs and DSOs.

The SmartNet project aims to provide optimised instruments and modalities to improve the coordination between the grid operators at national and local level (respectively the TSOs and DSOs) and the exchange of information for monitoring and for the acquisition of ancillary services (reserve and balancing, voltage balancing control, congestion management) from subjects located in the distribution segment (flexible load and distributed generation).